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QOTW: "In any project that is multi-threaded, most bugs will come from threading issues. This is regardless of programming language -- it's a deep, as yet ununderstood property of threads."

  • Guido van Rossum

"[T]he easiest way to find Python work, for now, is to make it yourself." -- Jeff Hinrichs


Michael Chermside gives us the low-down on range() and xrange(), and what might happen to them in the future.


Gerhard Häring illustrates the security problem with naïve SQL quoting, demonstrating that quoting should be left to DB-API modules.


Alex Martelli explains why the new sum() built-in doesn't do strings.


plpython -- Python for server-side scripting in PostgreSQL -- might be doomed.



The sixth ICFP Programming Contest starts on June 28th.


aspects-0.1.2: A python package that enables Aspect-Oriented Programming in Python.


Design By Contract for Python 1.0 beta 3: This implementation is a cross between full Eiffel-style contracts and the doctest module.


JOTWeb 1.11: A system for developing dynamic web sites using a combination of HTML+TAL/TALES/METAL and Python, with mod_python for integrating with Apache.


PubTal Version 1.0: A template-driven web site publisher suitable for small web sites.


pylint-0.1.2: A python tool that checks if a module satisfies a coding standard.


wxPython A Python extension module that wraps the popular wxWindows cross platform GUI library.


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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