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QOTW: "I haven't tested this particular example, but I doubt that it contains more than two or three fundamental errors."

  • Jacob Smullyan

"Great design is not about making no compromises, it's about making just the RIGHT compromises. That's why it's never easy." Alex Martelli


Lulu of the Lotus-Eaters explains the etymological origins of the term "list comprehension" in set theory.


A PEP frenzy begins! PEP 317 is submitted and rejected. (It proposed eliminating some forms of 'raise' statement.)


The frenzy continues! Kevin Smith revises his PEP 318, which proposes a special syntax for "function decorators" such as classmethod().


Michel Pelletier submits PEP 319, which proposes "synchronize" and "asynchronize" keywords. Who will the frenzy take next? Find out next week!



David Mertz's _Text Processing in Python_ is now in stores!


GDmodule 0.42: Connects the popular GD (graphics drawing) library by Thomas Bouttel with Python.


Pygame 1.5.6: This is a release test that needs much testing before the big 1.6.


PyKota v1.08: A centralized, full featured, internationalized, and easily extensible, print quota and accounting solution for CUPS and LPRng.


PyPov-0.0.1: A relatively simple framework for making povray files.


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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