Dr. Dobb's Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Sep 8)

Discussion in 'Python' started by Raymond Hettinger, Sep 9, 2003.

  1. QOTW: "Using os._exit(), on the other hand is like pulling the ejector
    seat to land a plane. There's no clean-up, you just get out as fast as
    possible." -- Alan Gould commenting on alternatives to sys.exit().

    "I think it's a real and fairly unique selling point for Python that it's
    both easy to use and suitable for very varying and advanced applications."
    -- Magnus Lycka


    Discussion
    ----------
    Skip Montanaro briefly states why a user could not find a static
    Python source code analysis tool for revealing caller/callee relationships:
    <http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=>

    Martin von Loewis explains why Python sequences accept negative indices:
    <http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=-berlin.de>

    Miki Tebeka posts an introductory Python slideshow that incorporates
    feedback from reviewers on comp.lang.python:
    <http://www.cs.bgu.ac.il/~tebeka/Geek/pyintro.pdf>

    David Mertz gathers feedback for an upcoming article on the best Python
    IDEs. The resulting thread is highly informative about the strengths and
    weaknesses of various products:
    <http://groups.google.com/groups?th=2c8bef8df221f515>

    Martin von Loewis briefly demonstrates how to create an object that
    compares larger than all other objects:
    <http://groups.google.com/groups?f&selm=bj84rl%24j2c%2407%-online.com>

    Cameron Laird explains how to implement drag-and-drop in Tkinter:
    <http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=>

    Stefan Fleiter noticed an anomaly in the implementation of slice.__hash__()
    The important part of the thread is that after confirming that this was not
    desired behavior, he posted a bug report, and it was promptly fixed.
    <http://groups.google.com/groups?th=58171dab2279a6c6>

    Howard Lightstone asks for and gets advice an how to internationalize an
    existing python application:
    <http://groups.google.com/groups?th=34ed230b16a28e01>

    Does Python 2.3 matter? Yes.
    http://www.byte.com/documents/byt1062182129207/

    Skip Montanaro setup a wiki so that the community can participate in
    creating a glossary of key python terminology.
    <http://manatee.mojam.com/python-glossary>

    This week's ideas for changing the language:
    * make the "self" method argument implicit

    Releases
    --------
    PyRSS2Gen - RSS 2.0 generator for Python
    <http://www.dalkescientific.com/Python/PyRSS2Gen.html>

    Naja 0.8.5 - download manager and a website grabber
    <http://www.keyphrene.com/products/naja>

    BTManager 1.0.7 - a BitTorrent download manager and client, written in pure
    Python and based on the current BitTorrent official implementation.
    <http://www.sourceforge.net/projects/btmanager/>

    dnspython 1.2.0b1 - a DNS toolkit for Python. It supports almost all record
    types and can be used for queries, zone transfers, and dynamic
    updates. It supports TSIG authenticated messages and EDNS0.
    <http://www.dnspython.org/>

    pygantt-0.9.2 - tool tranforming XML project task descriptions into
    Gantt charts.
    <http://www.logilab.org/projects/pygantt>

    HarvestMan 1.2alpha - a full-featured, multithreaded, multiprotocol,
    customizable web crawler written in python.
    <http://sithara.freezope.org/harvestman/source>

    MojoView 1.0 - Python package for building simple gui database applications
    using PyGTK2.
    <http://www.netpromi.com/files/MojoView-1.0.zip>


    ========================================================================
    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 9, 2003
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