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Cameron Laird
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      10-25-2009
QOTW: "It was intended to be understood, not copied." - Dave Angel
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on a characteristic of didactic examples
http://groups.google.com/group/comp....e2d60d08f1c630


Altering the default character encoding (sys.setdefaultencoding) is
never
a good idea:
^://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/
ecc3671082f897b4/

How come id() returns the same thing for different objects?
^://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/
bc09c37fc40059ac/

Some iterators share state, while others don't - why?
^://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/
d463230d1752aa7f/

sum(list_of_strings) is explicitely forbidden - why?
^://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/
f3c0fba5305e11e2/

Neither __getattribute__ nor metaclasses can be used to implement
__special__ methods:
^://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/
f0a5aeb35f946f80/

How to compute a running median efficiently:
^://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/
d0e011c87174c2d0/

Several details on how str.split() works are not adequately
documented:
^://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/
26dff8570a79067d/

How to implement a set that uses a custom function to determine
element
membership (not the element's __eq__):
^://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/
7eb4d6db8556f870/

Generators explained as simply as possible:
^://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/
70a954d0e034b84c/

Proposal to add slice notation [start:stop:step] to iterators/
generators:
^://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/
440076d71746f8cf/

An encoding problem involves an XML document, HTTP headers, and
Google
servers:
^://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/
885c62699b434d25/

The `while True:` idiom makes the longest thread so far:
^://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/
46a2082b2e2c991c/

"Homework" questions: what should be our reaction?
^://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/
f7a8c5107e9d27bf/

Why is python so sad ?
^://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/
60c39c1ab1b39ef9/

Guido's proposes to freeze language grammar and semantics for
several
years:
^://comments.gmane.org/gmane.comp.python.ideas/6282


================================================== ======================
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

Just beginning with Python? This page is a great place to start:
http://wiki.python.org/moin/BeginnersGuide/Programmers

The Python Papers aims to publish "the efforts of Python
enthusiasts":
http://pythonpapers.org/
The Python Magazine is a technical monthly devoted to Python:
http://pythonmagazine.com

Readers have recommended the "Planet" site:
http://planet.python.org

comp.lang.python.announce announces new Python software. Be
sure to scan this newsgroup weekly.
http://groups.google.com/group/comp....nnounce/topics

Python411 indexes "podcasts ... to help people learn Python ..."
Updates appear more-than-weekly:
http://www.awaretek.com/python/index.html

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

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

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/donations/

The Summary of Python Tracker Issues is an automatically generated
report summarizing new bugs, closed ones, and patch submissions.
http://search.gmane.org/?author=stat...evel&sort=date

Although unmaintained since 2002, the Cetus collection of Python
hyperlinks retains a few gems.
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://code.activestate.com/recipes/langs/python/

Many Python conferences around the world are in preparation.
Watch this space for links to them.

Among several Python-oriented RSS/RDF feeds available, see:
http://www.python.org/channews.rdf
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://www.python.org/dev/peps/pep-0042/

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

Enjoy the *Python Magazine*.
http://pymag.phparch.com/

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

Dr.Dobb's Portal is another source of Python news and articles:
http://www.ddj.com/TechSearch/search...eryText=python
and Python articles regularly appear at IBM DeveloperWorks:
http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/se...&rankprofile=8

Previous - (U)se the (R)esource, (L)uke! - messages are listed here:
http://search.gmane.org/?query=pytho...eral&sort=date
http://groups.google.com/groups/search?q=Python-URL!+group%3Acomp.lang.python&start=0&scoring=d&
http://lwn.net/Search/DoSearch?words...yes&cat_25=yes

There is *not* an RSS for "Python-URL!"--at least not yet. Arguments
for and against are occasionally entertained.


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