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Dr. Dobb's Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Aug 2)

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QOTW: "We can't really say much more about thread safety than this, we
think the interpreter will survive. The rest is up to the programmer."
- Donn Cave

"Despite the seemingly endless necessity for doing so, it's actually not
possible to reverse-engineer intended invariants from staring at
thousands of lines of code (not in C, and not in Python code either)."
- Tim Peters

Marduk wants to use string formatting with an arbitrary iterable
instead of a tuple. Hans Nowak posts a format function that fits the

The release of IronPython 0.6, a Python implementation for .Net and
Mono, spawns a broader discussion on the merits of .Net and the
Common Language Runtime.

Christopher T. King takes a closer look at Yaroslav Bulatov's attempt
to benchmark various approaches to sum many floating point numbers.

Premshree Pillai writes an SMS-to-LiveJournal gateway
in Python

How would you iterate over a list two consecutive items at a time?
That's a the heart of jblazi's question, and it turns out that there
are two ways to do it.

Patrick Rutledge has written an introduction on how to create games
using pygame.

Is Python fully thread-safe? Jeff Epler is poking fun at the
questioner, but Francois Pinard (sorry, no cedilla today) points the
discussion into a more serious direction.

"Btw, thank you for those footnotes in Thinking in Java that
encouraged me to try Python " - Dan Bishop.
Bruce Eckel, author of "Thinking in Java", asks for a test for string
similarity. He receives various answers and a thank-you.

Dan Sugalski has lost the "Pie-thon" bet to Guido van Rossum that
Python would run faster on Parrot, the virtual machine meant to power
Perl 6. Images of Guido throwing the pie are finally available.

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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 newsgroup 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 (PSF) has replaced the Python
Consortium as an independent nexus of activity. It has official
responsibility for Python's development and maintenance.
Among the ways you can support PSF is with a donation.

Cetus collects Python hyperlinks.

Python FAQTS

The Cookbook is a collaborative effort to capture useful and
interesting recipes.

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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