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Dr. Dobb's Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Oct 27)

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QOTW: "Rule of thumb: if you can't find it, it's in section 2 of the
library docs." John J. Lee

"Monte Carlo sampling is no way to understand code." Gordon McMillan

Alan Kennedy introduces use of HTML-embedded Python as a scripting
plugin with the Windows Scripting Host for Internet Explorer.

What if the next step beyond Python isn't functional languages,
but ... Python!?

List comprehensions and generators are now old enough to have
their own offspring. PEP 289 explains how expressive, if oc-
casionally "heavy", their intelligent mating can be.

PythonDoc's important. You particularly need to know, "What's new
in 2.0" (look for the section under that title).

Joe Marshall reports aspects from exceedingly interesting
experiments in bouncing between Python, Matlab, .NET (!), Scheme,
Common Lisp, C++.

The Cookbook's active ferment continues to bubble up novel treats.
Alex Martelli provides curried functions that beat the corresponding
closures in performance.

Francis Avila shows how to think about an advanced regular
expression problem (but note the typo a follow-up corrects).

The Twisted distribution is packed full of treasures. Peter
Hansen mentions the example of LivePage, which unites Flash on one
end with Python on the other, through links of at least a dozen
different dramatically-buzzworded technologies.

Enthusiast Andy Sy explains why Python trounces C++ and Java
for GL-oriented high-performance cross-platform development.
Note his comments about GTK+ vs. Qt.

Command-line MacOS X work introduces a few magic words even for
those familiar with the Unix of its ancestors. Russell E. Owen
shows how these apply to PYTHONPATH assignment.

One handy way to print content under Windows is to bring it up
in an instance of Internet Explorer (for example), and let IE
take responsibility for talking to the printer.

Can Python calculate network addresses and related quantities? Sure.

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Everything Python-related you want is probably one or two clicks away in
these pages:'s Python Language Website is the traditional
center of Pythonia
Notice especially the master FAQ

PythonWare complements the digest you're reading with the
marvelous daily python url
Mygale is a news-gathering webcrawler that specializes in (new)
World-Wide Web articles related to Python.
While cosmetically similar, Mygale and the Daily Python-URL
are utterly different in their technologies and generally in
their results.

comp.lang.python.announce announces new Python software. Be
sure to scan this newly-revitalized newsgroup at least weekly.

Brett Cannon continues the marvelous tradition established by
Andrew Kuchling and Michael Hudson of intelligently summarizing
action on the python-dev mailing list once every other week.

The Python Package Index catalogues packages.

The somewhat older Vaults of Parnassus ambitiously collects references
to all sorts of Python resources.

Much of Python's real work takes place on Special-Interest Group
mailing lists

The Python Business Forum "further[s] the interests of companies
that base their business on ... Python."

The Python Software Foundation has replaced the Python Consortium
as an independent nexus of activity

Cetus does much of the same

Python FAQTS

Among several Python-oriented RSS/RDF feeds available are
For more, see
The old Python "To-Do List" now lives principally in a
SourceForge reincarnation.

The online Python Journal is posted at Removed) and (E-Mail Removed)
welcome submission of material that helps people's understanding
of Python use, and offer Web presentation of your work.

*Py: the Journal of the Python Language*

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