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Gabriel Genellina-8
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
http://www.python.org/peps/pep-0008.html)


    PyPy has come a long way - and made great progress with release 0.7:
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/msg/5f12849e4c28fc6c 

    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:
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/msg/b1b259c448a867e9

    Date processing is often way more difficult than one thinks - in
    languages that don't have a rich date api like python,  that is:
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/msg/9d125ca55b83b17a

    Not exactly new, these new-style classes. But you can always find nifty
    details you didn't know about:
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/browse_frm/thread/3fa6468b47d5334c/8118bfd6cf266c13#8118bfd6cf266c13

    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:
        http://pcw.co.uk

    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:
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/msg/36b504905a36155d

    Often requested, but never realized: a yield to yield them all.
    Apparently this won't change soon, but yield itself is going to become
    an expression:
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/msg/d66f346c98b8eac6

    Using struct to marshal C-structures is easy - dealing with pointers
    in them, too:
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/msg/13eb61975154a25d


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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 
    Mygale is a news-gathering webcrawler that specializes in (new)
    World-Wide Web articles related to Python.
         http://www.awaretek.com/nowak/mygale.html 
    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.
        http://lowlife.jp/cgi-bin/moin.cgi/PythonProgrammersWeblog
        http://www.planetpython.org/
        http://mechanicalcat.net/pyblagg.html

    comp.lang.python.announce announces new Python software.  Be
    sure to scan this newsgroup weekly.
        http://groups.google.com/groups?oi=djq&as_ugroup=comp.lang.python.announce

    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.
        http://www.python.org/dev/summary/

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

    The somewhat older Vaults of Parnassus ambitiously collects references
    to all sorts of Python resources.
        http://www.vex.net/~x/parnassus/   

    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/donate.html

    Kurt B. Kaiser publishes a weekly report on faults and patches.
        http://www.google.com/groups?as_usubject=weekly%20python%20patch
       
    Cetus collects Python hyperlinks.
        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://aspn.activestate.com/ASPN/Cookbook/Python

    Among several Python-oriented RSS/RDF feeds available are
        http://www.python.org/channews.rdf
        http://bootleg-rss.g-blog.net/pythonware_com_daily.pcgi
        http://python.de/backend.php
    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://python.sourceforge.net/peps/pep-0042.html
     
    The online Python Journal is posted at pythonjournal.cognizor.com.
    [hidden email] and [hidden email]
    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.
        http://del.icio.us/tag/python

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

    Archive probing tricks of the trade:
        http://groups.google.com/groups?oi=djq&as_ugroup=comp.lang.python&num=100
        http://groups.google.com/groups?meta=site%3Dgroups%26group%3Dcomp.lang.python.*

Previous - (U)se the (R)esource, (L)uke! - messages are listed here:
  http://www.ddj.com/topics/pythonurl/ (requires subscription)
  http://groups-beta.google.com/groups?q=python-url+group:comp.lang.python*&start=0&scoring=d&
  http://purl.org/thecliff/python/url.html (dormant)
or
  http://groups.google.com/groups?oi=djq&as_q=+Python-URL!&as_ugroup=comp.lang.python


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