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Jun 03, 2003, 07:00 (0 Talkback[s])

QOTW: "There is a certain charm to seeing someone happily advocate a triangular wheel because it has one less bump per revolution than a square wheel does." -- Chuck Swiger

"It took me years to realise how deep and important the divide is between wanting an SDK and wanting to know the underlying protocol." -- Tim Bray


Bengt Richter works out (with a few revisions, and variants from other posters) how to make a switch-case work-alike by abusing exceptions.


Carl Banks demonstrates an introspective technique for "declaring" local variables.


A draft essay explaining descriptors, by Raymond Hettinger.



Python 2.2.3: A bug fix release for the Python 2.2 code line.


Voting for the 2003 Active Awards for open-source programmers starts June 3.


EmPy 3.0: a system for embedding Python expressions and statements in template text.


gdmodule 0.41: A Python wrapper for the GD graphics module.


McMillan Installer 5b5_3: A utility for distributing Python applications; this is a bug fix release.


managesieve 0.2: A MANGAGESIEVE client library for remotely managing Sieve scripts, including an interactive 'sieveshell'.

<> 0.3: A pure-Python implementation of the MSN instant messaging protocol.


PyGDChart Alpha 2: A Python interface to the GDChart graphing library.


PyOSG 0.4.0: Python bindings for the OpenSceneGraph real-time visualisation library.


yawPyCrypto 0.02: A more full-featured PyCrypto wrapper.


Everything 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 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.

comp.lang.python.announce announces new Python software. Be sure to scan this newly-revitalized newsgroup at least weekly.

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.

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

The Python Business Forum "further[s] the interests of companies that base their business on ... Python."

The Python Software Foundation has replaced the Python Consortium as an independent nexus of activity

Cetus does much of the same

Python FAQTS

The old Python "To-Do List" now lives principally in a SourceForge reincarnation.

The online Python Journal is posted at and 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*

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