Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Oct 22)

Discussion in 'Python' started by Gabriel Genellina, Oct 22, 2007.

  1. QOTW: "[T]here's always no best." - Lawrence Oluyede ce42e

    "I actually do a lot of unit testing. I find it both annoying and highly
    necessary and useful." - Steven Bethard

    Some confusion when using `if x:` as an existence test:

    The difference between list+=a and list.extend(a) and
    how to use the timeit module the right way:

    Detecting the last element in an iteration:

    Unicode support in MySQL:

    mod_python and its limited reload support:

    unicodedata.normalize is not enough for automatic transliteration:

    How to use expressions and reference other modules
    when configuring the logging package:

    How to tell if a script is being run by "python.exe"
    or "pythonw.exe" (Windows):

    Everything Python-related you want is probably one or two clicks away in
    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
    Mygale is a news-gathering webcrawler that specializes in (new)
    World-Wide Web articles related to Python.
    While cosmetically similar, Mygale and the Daily Python-URL
    are utterly different in their technologies and generally in
    their results.

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

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

    Readers have recommended the "Planet" sites:

    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:

    Steve Bethard continues the marvelous tradition early borne by
    Andrew Kuchling, Michael Hudson, Brett Cannon, Tony Meyer, and Tim
    Lesher of intelligently summarizing action on the python-dev mailing
    list once every other week.

    The Python Package Index catalogues packages.

    The somewhat older Vaults of Parnassus ambitiously collects references
    to all sorts of Python resources.

    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.

    Kurt B. Kaiser publishes a weekly report on faults and patches. python patch

    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 are
    For more, see
    The old Python "To-Do List" now lives principally in a
    SourceForge reincarnation.

    The online Python Journal is posted at
    welcome submission of material that helps people's understanding
    of Python use, and offer Web presentation of your work. presents an intriguing approach to reference commentary.
    It already aggregates quite a bit of Python intelligence.

    *Py: the Journal of the Python Language*

    Archive probing tricks of the trade:*

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    Gabriel Genellina, Oct 22, 2007
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