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Python-URL! - Weekly Python News and Links (April 14)

Apr 15, 2003, 05:00 (0 Talkback[s])

QOTW:  "[I]f you only need something which quacks, don't worry about
checking that it's also a duck."             -- Andrew Dalke

"Source code with decent unit and acceptance tests is an asset.  Source
code without decent tests is a liability."  -- Peter Hansen


Discussion:
    The interaction of __slots__ and inheritance is explained, amid
    debate about the merits of __slots__ itself.
        http://groups.google.com/groups?th=3e450bb36a53e4fb

    Tim Peters proposes changing list.insert() to follow the negative
    index convention.
        http://groups.google.com/groups?th=192070c6605fb830#link10

    Gregory R. Warnes submits and solicits feedback on PEP 754: "IEEE
    754 Floating Point Special Values".
        http://groups.google.com/groups?th=5359401ba8ab5ffc

    Jason Tishler is still looking for Cygwin Python regression
    testers for Windows 95 and Windows Me.
        http://cygwin.com/ml/cygwin/2003-04/msg00314.html

    Oren Tirosh shows how to write something like a Python generator
    in C, using Duff's Device.
        http://groups.google.com/groups?th=ac5e4f70acfb521f#link9

Announcements:
    Capon 0.1: Capon blurs the line between a conventional make
    utility and a general-purpose programming language to provide the
    best of both worlds.
        http://www.dancontrol.net/share/capon/index.html

    elmer 1.0.2: Elmer allows function calls and various data types,
    both native and custom, to pass transparently between two
    languages.  In the current version, those languages are Python and
    either Tcl or C.
        http://elmer.sourceforge.net

    KirbyBase 1.0: KirbyBase is a simple, pure-python, flat-file
    database management system, with a few twists.
        http://www.netpromi.com/files/kirbybase1.0.zip

    wxPyPlot V1.0 Beta 2: An enhanced derivative version of
    wxPlotCanvas to provide simple lightweight plotting in wxPython.
    The emphasis is both on simple and lightweight.
        http://www.cyberus.ca/~g_will/wxPython/


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Everything 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
    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.

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

    Brett Cannon continues the marvelous tradition established by 
    Andrew Kuchling and Michael Hudson of 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/

    The Python Business Forum "further[s] the interests of companies
    that base their business on ... Python."
        http://www.python-in-business.org

    The Python Software Foundation has replaced the Python Consortium
    as an independent nexus of activity
        http://www.python.org/psf/

    Cetus does much of the same
        http://www.cetus-links.org/oo_python.html

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

    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/.
    editor@pythonjournal.com and editor@pythonjournal.cognizor.com
    welcome submission of material that helps people's understanding
    of Python use, and offer Web presentation of your work.

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

    Tenth International Python Conference 
        http://www.python10.org            

    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.*

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