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


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Cameron Laird

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
http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/msg/5bf77b21b3b0caf2


Python 2.6.4 is out; it fixes some small but important bugs in
previous 2.6.3 release:
http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/44f4c166de5e6703/

PEP391: A new way to configure Python logging, using dictionaries:
http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/3fc3138c22a50678/

Why do you use Python?
http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/66ccb10d2da5b740/

Is there any value in forcing one class/function per module? (long
thread):
http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/1e0c1e2091539512/

A review of complex solutions to an almost inexistent problem
shows
constructive criticism in action:
http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/d218212cabe9670b/
A user module may shadow a standard module of the same name - is
it
avoidable?
http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/b31f74b6145c9d94/

copy.deepcopy() is not as "deep" as its name implies:
http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/d827fd118189fe01/

A long thread about Web development: why to use templates, and why
frameworks actually do help developers:
http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/367025d4d9a2e15d/

Using a module as a place to store application global settings:
http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/23e21edf1b232b32/

A simple list comprehension question leads to discuss mutability,
identity, and Cousin Chuy's Super-Burritos:
http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/17cfd91ece6ed54f/

Combining map, zip and filter into an equivalent list
comprehension:
http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/259976305282b0c0?q=map

timeit: make sure you actually measure what you want, and not
other code:
http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/7ecae76e11f720ee/

Why do compiled C extensions on Windows use '.pyd' in their name
instead
of '.dll'?
http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/c8d93871cc5f31dc/

Pyfora, a web forum about Python, was lauched recently. Will this
fragment the community?
http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/e6e0d99c995da697/

A guy's future book on programming Python doesn't fit standard
practice
(a long thread!):
http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/t/6918784f36d147d2/


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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
marvelous daily python url
http://www.pythonware.com/daily

Just beginning with Python? This page is a great place to start:
http://wiki.python.org/moin/BeginnersGuide/Programmers

The Python Papers aims to publish "the efforts of Python
enthusiasts":
http://pythonpapers.org/
The Python Magazine is a technical monthly devoted to Python:
http://pythonmagazine.com

Readers have recommended the "Planet" site:
http://planet.python.org

comp.lang.python.announce announces new Python software. Be
sure to scan this newsgroup weekly.
http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python.announce/topics

Python411 indexes "podcasts ... to help people learn Python ..."
Updates appear more-than-weekly:
http://www.awaretek.com/python/index.html

The Python Package Index catalogues packages.
http://www.python.org/pypi/

Much of Python's real work takes place on Special-Interest Group
mailing lists
http://www.python.org/sigs/

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.
http://www.pythonology.com/success

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.
http://www.python.org/psf/
Among the ways you can support PSF is with a donation.
http://www.python.org/psf/donations/

The Summary of Python Tracker Issues is an automatically generated
report summarizing new bugs, closed ones, and patch submissions.
http://search.gmane.org/[email protected]&group=gmane.comp.python.devel&sort=date

Although unmaintained since 2002, the Cetus collection of Python
hyperlinks retains a few gems.
http://www.cetus-links.org/oo_python.html

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

The Cookbook is a collaborative effort to capture useful and
interesting recipes.
http://code.activestate.com/recipes/langs/python/

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:
http://www.python.org/channews.rdf
For more, see:
http://www.syndic8.com/feedlist.php?ShowMatch=python&ShowStatus=all
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://www.python.org/dev/peps/pep-0042/

del.icio.us presents an intriguing approach to reference
commentary.
It already aggregates quite a bit of Python intelligence.
http://del.icio.us/tag/python

Enjoy the *Python Magazine*.
http://pymag.phparch.com/

*Py: the Journal of the Python Language*
http://www.pyzine.com

Dr.Dobb's Portal is another source of Python news and articles:
http://www.ddj.com/TechSearch/searchResults.jhtml?queryText=python
and Python articles regularly appear at IBM DeveloperWorks:
http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/search/searchResults.jsp?searchSite=dW
&searchScope=dW&encodedQuery=python&rankprofile=8

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Robert Kern

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
http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/msg/5bf77b21b3b0caf2

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
 

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