QOTW: "You can lead an idiot to idioms, but you can't make him
think ;-)" -- Steve Holden
"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds." -- Ralph
Waldo Emerson (used by Tim Churches, and also found in
PyPy has come a long way - and made great progress with release 0.7:
Processing large XML files can be tedious, especially when using DOM.
Jog shows ways to do so, and ElementTree is as usual amongst the best,
both api- and performance-wise:
Date processing is often way more difficult than one thinks - in
languages that don't have a rich date api like python, that is:
Not exactly new, these new-style classes. But you can always find nifty
details you didn't know about:
Congratulations to SpamBayes contributors on the announcement that
*Personal Computer World* awarded that project its "Editors' Choice"
award, besting competitors including products from Symantec, McAfee,
and so on:
There is always room for new syntax proposals, like a "isa" keyword to
sugar isinstance - and while it's unlikely to become part of the
language, discussing it produces nice insights:
Often requested, but never realized: a yield to yield them all.
Apparently this won't change soon, but yield itself is going to become
Using struct to marshal C-structures is easy - dealing with pointers
in them, too:
Everything Python-related you want is probably one or two clicks away in
Python.org'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
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
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.
The Cookbook is a collaborative effort to capture useful and
Among several Python-oriented RSS/RDF feeds available are
For more, see
The old Python "To-Do List" now lives principally in a
The online Python Journal is posted at pythonjournal.cognizor.com.
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welcome submission of material that helps people's understanding
of Python use, and offer Web presentation of your work.
del.icio.us 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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