Dr. Dobb's Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Sep 1)

Discussion in 'Python' started by Raymond Hettinger, Sep 1, 2003.

  1. QOTW: "All that rigid type safety and data hiding is like wearing army
    boots on the beach: nothing can bite your toes, but golly don't it feel
    good to just toss 'em and run barefoot." -- David Pinn

    QOTW: "... this is Usenet. No matter what you write, somebody is going to
    interpret it as a proposal to cook and eat babies." -- Grant Edwards

    QOTW: "I assume you mean instance.getthing() because writing
    self.getthing() has unclear connotations." -- Michael Peuser


    Discussion
    ----------
    Tim Peters explains the virtues of having the documentation in CHM
    files instead of HTML. Future Windows installers will ship with
    CHM but the HTML will still be available:
    <http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=>

    Alex Martelli explains how format numbers with thousand separators:
    <http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=8oH3b.15528%>

    Gregory Trubetskoy muses whether SpamBayes could work as a children's content
    filter. Paul Patternson already tried it with some success:
    <http://groups.google.com/groups?th=86b54b6d2ef425ba>

    Mike Fletcher provides links to excellent presentations on
    metaclasses by Dr Mertz, Alex Martelli, and Michele Simionato:
    <http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=27G3b.8368%>

    Istvan's Albert's effort wrap Perl's approximate string matching
    triggers a thread revealing a number of existing solutions in Python:
    <http://groups.google.com/groups?th=1c68b7033d7fe239>

    Jeff Epler questions authority and defies the powers-that-be by
    implementing the rejected PEP for Generator Comprehensions:
    <http://groups.google.com/groups?th=7b7d6f43f032b4d0>

    Stan Graves gives timeless advice to a young, aspiring computer scientist:
    <http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=>

    Every week people come up with ideas for changing the language.
    This week was no exception:

    * Allow dictionary addition with the + operator

    * Time machine exception handling (offered humorously by yours truly)

    Releases
    --------
    PyXR 0.9.3, generates cross referenced HTML pages from python source files
    <http://www.cathoderaymission.net/~logistix/python/pyxr.html>

    Slimp3 0.1, interface to the SLIMP3 MP3 player
    <http://www.andreas-jung.com/SLIMP3/slimp3.tar.gz>

    SC-Track Roundup 0.6.1, an issue tracking system
    <http://roundup.sourceforge.net/>

    MyHDL 0.3, Python as a hardware description & verification language
    <http://jandecaluwe.com/Tools/MyHDL/Overview.html>

    numarray-0.7, an array processing package modelled after Numeric
    <http://sourceforge.net/projects/numpy/>

    KirbyBase 1.4, plain-text, flat-file database management system
    <http://www.netpromi.com/files/KirbyBase-1.4.zip>

    Munkware 0.1, transactional and persistent queueing mechanism
    <http://sourceforge.net/projects/munkware>

    Wing IDE 1.1.10 commercial integrated development environment for Python
    <http://wingide.com/wingide/demo>

    cx_Freeze 2.2, utilities for freezing Python scripts
    <http://starship.python.net/crew/atuining>


    ========================================================================
    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
    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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    -- The Python-URL! Team--

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    Raymond Hettinger, Sep 1, 2003
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