Cameron Laird | 18 Aug 15:31 2005

Dr. Dobb's Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Aug 18)

QOTW:  "It seems to me that Java is designed to make it difficult for
programmers to write bad code, while Python is designed to make it
easy to write good code." -- Magnus Lycka

"Code attracts people that like to code. Tedious, repetitive
threads attract people that like to write tedious, repetitive
threads." -- Robert Kern

    Yes, commercial Python training *is* available:

    You know how essential the Cookbook is.  Filling a slightly
    different role is the Grimoire:

    The latest SPE "features a remote, encrypted and embedded
    ... debugger ...":

    Paul Dale convincingly advertises O'Reilly's Safari service:

    Python is a superb vehicle for several niches generally 
    thought exclusive to other languages, such as automation
    of Windows processes.  Another too-little-known such 
    strength is Python's adeptness with native Mac OS X 

    mensanator introduces enough of bit arithmetic to explain
    popcount and Hamming distance:

    PEP editors David Goodger and Barry Warsaw refine PEP

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.

    For far, FAR more Python reading than any one mind should
    absorb, much of it quite interesting, several pages index
    much of the universe of Pybloggers.

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

    Steve Bethard, Tim Lesher, and Tony Meyer continue the marvelous
    tradition early borne by Andrew Kuchling, Michael Hudson and Brett
    Cannon 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.

    Cetus collects Python hyperlinks.

    Python FAQTS

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

    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
    editor <at> and editor <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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