Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Nov 3)

Discussion in 'Python' started by Cameron Laird, Nov 3, 2009.

  1. QOTW: "I consider "import *" the first error to be fixed ..." -
    Kern, author of PyFlakes, a potential replacement for Pylint and
    on his personal style

    Python 2.6.4 is out; it fixes some small but important bugs in
    previous 2.6.3 release:

    PEP391: A new way to configure Python logging, using dictionaries:

    Why do you use Python?

    Is there any value in forcing one class/function per module? (long

    A review of complex solutions to an almost inexistent problem
    constructive criticism in action:
    A user module may shadow a standard module of the same name - is

    copy.deepcopy() is not as "deep" as its name implies:

    A long thread about Web development: why to use templates, and why
    frameworks actually do help developers:

    Using a module as a place to store application global settings:

    A simple list comprehension question leads to discuss mutability,
    identity, and Cousin Chuy's Super-Burritos:

    Combining map, zip and filter into an equivalent list

    timeit: make sure you actually measure what you want, and not
    other code:

    Why do compiled C extensions on Windows use '.pyd' in their name
    of '.dll'?

    Pyfora, a web forum about Python, was lauched recently. Will this
    fragment the community?

    A guy's future book on programming Python doesn't fit standard
    (a long thread!):

    Everything Python-related you want is probably one or two clicks away
    these pages:'s Python Language Website is the traditional
    center of Pythonia
    Notice especially the master FAQ

    PythonWare complements the digest you're reading with the
    marvelous daily python url

    Just beginning with Python? This page is a great place to start:

    The Python Papers aims to publish "the efforts of Python
    The Python Magazine is a technical monthly devoted to Python:

    Readers have recommended the "Planet" site:

    comp.lang.python.announce announces new Python software. Be
    sure to scan this newsgroup weekly.

    Python411 indexes "podcasts ... to help people learn Python ..."
    Updates appear more-than-weekly:

    The Python Package Index catalogues packages.

    Much of Python's real work takes place on Special-Interest Group
    mailing lists

    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.

    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.
    Among the ways you can support PSF is with a donation.

    The Summary of Python Tracker Issues is an automatically generated
    report summarizing new bugs, closed ones, and patch submissions.

    Although unmaintained since 2002, the Cetus collection of Python
    hyperlinks retains a few gems.

    Python FAQTS

    The Cookbook is a collaborative effort to capture useful and
    interesting recipes.

    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:
    For more, see:
    The old Python "To-Do List" now lives principally in a
    SourceForge reincarnation. presents an intriguing approach to reference
    It already aggregates quite a bit of Python intelligence.

    Enjoy the *Python Magazine*.

    *Py: the Journal of the Python Language*

    Dr.Dobb's Portal is another source of Python news and articles:
    and Python articles regularly appear at IBM DeveloperWorks:

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    Cameron Laird, Nov 3, 2009
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  2. Robert Kern

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    On 2009-11-03 07:29 AM, Cameron Laird wrote:
    > QOTW: "I consider "import *" the first error to be fixed ..." -
    > Robert
    > Kern, author of PyFlakes, a potential replacement for Pylint and
    > Pychecker,
    > on his personal style

    I am not the author of PyFlakes. That distinction belongs to Phil Frost and
    others at Divmod.

    Robert Kern

    "I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma
    that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had
    an underlying truth."
    -- Umberto Eco
    Robert Kern, Nov 3, 2009
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