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Craig Ringer
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      02-09-2005
QOTW: "Such infrastructure building is in fact fun and instructive -- as
long as you don't fall into the trap of *using* such complications in
production code, where Python's simplicity rules." -- Alex Martelli
http://groups-beta.google.com/group/...6c0e1e260cd72/

"C++ to Python is a steep 'unlearning' curve..." -- Philip Smith

"URK -- _my_ feeling is that we have entirely *too many* options for
stuff like web application frameworks, GUI toolkits, XML processing,
...." -- Alex Martelli
http://groups-beta.google.com/group/...dc98acb5acae4/

"We should concentrate on *real* problems, ones that exist in real code,
not ones that mostly exist in wild-eyed prose that consists of
predictions of pain and death that conspicuously fail to occur, no matter
how many times they are repeated or we are exhorted to heed them or face
our doom." -- Jeremy Bowers
http://groups-beta.google.com/group/...da70b0845b6fe/


Special thanks this week to Dean Goodmanson for his help identifying
several items.

The Online Computer Library Center contest is open. It
closes May 15. Among the usual C++ and Java languages, Python
also is available for selection:
http://www.oclc.org/research/researc...htm#guidelines

Baoqui Chi runs into a documented, but easily overlooked, trap
in the handling of __del__ methods and receives good advice on
better fixes:
http://groups-beta.google.com/group/...c343eb0a37247/

Steve Holden explains how to think about bytecode management:
http://groups-beta.google.com/group/...0466111b075b8/
in a conversation aimed at Pyro improvement.

Michael Tobis sparks off a discussion on the underlying nature
of generators and offers a caution on jumping to conclusions
about the writings of non-native English speakers:
http://mail.python.org/pipermail/pyt...ry/263448.html

Derek finds out that the Python interpereter is smarter about
finding resources than it lets on:
http://mail.python.org/pipermail/pyt...ry/263473.html

irc.freenode.net #python is overcrowded: the entrance now
routes to #python-cleese or #python-gilliam:
http://divmod.org/users/washort/python-split.htmlmklm

Steve Holden provides an evocative illustration that the rules
are there for a reason, even if breaking them doesn't hit you
(*ahem*) immediately:
http://mail.python.org/pipermail/pyt...ry/263851.html

In response to a question about rewriting exceptions to include
more information, Stefan Behnel gets a couple of rather useful
answers:
http://mail.python.org/pipermail/pyt...ry/263843.html

Netcraft Reports 33K Zope servers in January, 55K in February!
http://mail.zope.org/pipermail/zope-...ry/001651.html

Joakim Stork discovers that thanks to classes being first class
objects in Python, sometimes the best solution is so simple it's
often possible to miss it entirely:
http://mail.python.org/pipermail/pyt...ry/263891.html

Someone posts an interesting attempt at a cross-platform way to
discover the user's home directory:
http://mail.python.org/pipermail/pyt...ry/263921.html

Metaclasses are handy things. Steven Bethard demonstrates a nice
simple use case:
http://mail.python.org/pipermail/pyt...ry/264037.html

As John Machin demonstrates, generating SQL in Python doesn't
have to be ugly:
http://mail.python.org/pipermail/pyt...ry/264248.html

================================================== ======================
Everything Python-related you want is probably one or two clicks away in
these pages:

Python.org's Python Language Website is the traditional
center of Pythonia
http://www.python.org
Notice especially the master FAQ
http://www.python.org/doc/FAQ.html

PythonWare complements the digest you're reading with the
marvelous daily python url
http://www.pythonware.com/daily
Mygale is a news-gathering webcrawler that specializes in (new)
World-Wide Web articles related to Python.
http://www.awaretek.com/nowak/mygale.html
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.
http://groups.google.com/groups?oi=d...ython.announce

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.
http://www.python.org/dev/summary/

The Python Package Index catalogues packages.
http://www.python.org/pypi/

The somewhat older Vaults of Parnassus ambitiously collects references
to all sorts of Python resources.
http://www.vex.net/~x/parnassus/

Much of Python's real work takes place on Special-Interest Group
mailing lists
http://www.python.org/sigs/

The Python Business Forum "further[s] the interests of companies
that base their business on ... Python."
http://www.python-in-business.org

Python Success Stories--from air-traffic control to on-line
match-making--can inspire you or decision-makers to whom you're
subject with a vision of what the language makes practical.
http://www.pythonology.com/success

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.
http://www.python.org/psf/
Among the ways you can support PSF is with a donation.
http://www.python.org/psf/donate.html

Kurt B. Kaiser publishes a weekly report on faults and patches.
http://www.google.com/groups?as_usub...python%20patch

Cetus collects Python hyperlinks.
http://www.cetus-links.org/oo_python.html

Python FAQTS
http://python.faqts.com/

The Cookbook is a collaborative effort to capture useful and
interesting recipes.
http://aspn.activestate.com/ASPN/Cookbook/Python

Among several Python-oriented RSS/RDF feeds available are
http://www.python.org/channews.rdf
http://bootleg-rss.g-blog.net/pythonware_com_daily.pcgi
http://python.de/backend.php
For more, see
http://www.syndic8.com/feedlist.php?...ShowStatus=all
The old Python "To-Do List" now lives principally in a
SourceForge reincarnation.
http://sourceforge.net/tracker/?atid...70&func=browse
http://python.sourceforge.net/peps/pep-0042.html

The online Python Journal is posted at pythonjournal.cognizor.com.
http://www.velocityreviews.com/forums/(E-Mail Removed) and (E-Mail Removed)
welcome submission of material that helps people's understanding
of Python use, and offer Web presentation of your work.

deli.cio.us presents an intriguing approach to reference commentary.
It already aggregates quite a bit of Python intelligence.
http://del.icio.us/tag/python

*Py: the Journal of the Python Language*
http://www.pyzine.com

Archive probing tricks of the trade:
http://groups.google.com/groups?oi=d...python&num=100
http://groups.google.com/groups?meta....lang.python.*

Previous - (U)se the (R)esource, (L)uke! - messages are listed here:
http://www.ddj.com/topics/pythonurl/
http://purl.org/thecliff/python/url.html (dormant)
or
http://groups.google.com/groups?oi=djq&as_q=+Python-URL!&as_ugroup=comp.lang.python


Suggestions/corrections for next week's posting are always welcome.
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"Python-URL!".


-- The Python-URL! Team--

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sponsor the "Python-URL!" project.


 
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Diez B. Roggisch
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> "We should concentrate on *real* problems, ones that exist in real code,
> not ones that mostly exist in wild-eyed prose that consists of
> predictions of pain and death that conspicuously fail to occur, no matter
> how many times they are repeated or we are exhorted to heed them or face
> our doom." -- Jeremy Bowers


Amen.

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Diez B. Roggisch
 
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