Dr. Dobb's Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Jun 30)

Discussion in 'Python' started by Irmen de Jong, Jun 30, 2003.

  1. QOTW: "Giving full access rights to a secretary or new programmer ought
    to insure an occasional random file deletion." -- Raymond Hettinger

    "I always use join, but that's probably because that method is more likely
    to run code that I once wrote. Never trust code written by a man who
    uses defines to create his own C syntax." -- Fredrik Lundh


    Discussion
    ----------
    Peter Hansen is right in complimenting Sorin Marti on his excellent
    problem description, and helps with reading binary data from a file.
    <http://groups.google.com/groups?threadm=3EFB0E26.9A069A9C%40engcorp.com>

    Fredrik Lundh shows how easy it is to write macro-like extensions
    for your Python application.
    <http://groups.google.com/groups?threadm=>

    Tim Delaney provides a mutable string class that can be used to
    concatenate strings efficiently and easily, instead of using
    myPage+="more html..." or "\n".join(strings).
    <http://groups.google.com/groups?threadm=>

    Bengt Richter gives a possible explanation of the (historic?) distiction
    between carriage return (CR) and line feed (LF), and how this bears on
    problems with "shebang" scripts.
    <http://groups.google.com/groups?threadm=bdcl1d$v43$0@216.39.172.122>

    Alan Kennedy explains why compiling to C code is not always guaranteed to
    speed things up, and why PyPy (Python written in Python!) could help
    in the performance department.
    <http://groups.google.com/groups?threadm=>

    Raymond Hettinger explains the purpose of some of the recent iteration
    constructs (itertools), and why things are this way.
    <http://groups.google.com/groups?threadm=PmwJa.6109$N%>

    Edvard Majakari shares interesting opinions on Unit Testing and
    test-driven development.
    <http://groups.google.com/groups?threadm=>


    Announcements
    -------------
    PyRex 0.8, a language for writing Python extension modules.
    <http://www.cosc.canterbury.ac.nz/~greg/python/Pyrex/>

    M2Crypto 0.11, a crypto and SSL toolkit for Python.
    <http://www.post1.com/home/ngps/m2>

    PythonCAD 8th release, a CAD package written in Python.
    <http://www.pythoncad.org/>

    DocUtils 0.3, a system for processing plaintext documentation
    (reStructuredText markup).
    <http://docutils.sourceforge.net/>

    Scratchy 0.4, an Apache log parser and HTML report generator.
    <http://scratchy.sourceforge.net/>

    ClientForm 0.0.10 and 0.1.3a, a Python module for handling
    HTML forms on the client.
    <http://wwwsearch.sourceforge.net/ClientForm/>

    SCons 0.90, a software construction tool (build tool, or make tool).
    <http://www.scons.org/>

    Twisted 1.0.6, an event-driven networking framework for server
    and client applications.
    <http://www.twistedmatrix.com/>
    David Mertz, our own Lulu, presents Twisted to a wider audience.
    <http://www-106.ibm.com/developerworks/linux/library/l-twist1.html>

    TTFQuery 0.2.4, builds on the FontTools module to allow you
    to query TTF font-files for metadata and glyph outlines.
    <http://sourceforge.net/projects/ttfquery/>


    ========================================================================
    Everything 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
    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 newly-revitalized newsgroup at least weekly.
    http://groups.google.com/groups?oi=djq&as_ugroup=comp.lang.python.announce

    Brett Cannon continues the marvelous tradition established by
    Andrew Kuchling and Michael Hudson of 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 the interests of companies
    that base their business on ... Python."
    http://www.python-in-business.org

    The Python Software Foundation has replaced the Python Consortium
    as an independent nexus of activity
    http://www.python.org/psf/

    Cetus does much of the same
    http://www.cetus-links.org/oo_python.html

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

    The old Python "To-Do List" now lives principally in a
    SourceForge reincarnation.
    http://sourceforge.net/tracker/?atid=355470&group_id=5470&func=browse
    http://python.sourceforge.net/peps/pep-0042.html

    The online Python Journal is posted at pythonjournal.cognizor.com.
    and
    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*
    http://www.pyzine.com

    Archive probing tricks of the trade:
    http://groups.google.com/groups?oi=djq&as_ugroup=comp.lang.python&num=100
    http://groups.google.com/groups?meta=site=groups&group=comp.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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    Irmen de Jong, Jun 30, 2003
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