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QOTW: "Giving full access rights to a secretary or new programmer ought to insure an occasional random file deletion." -- Raymond Hettinger

"I always use join, but that's probably because that method is more likely to run code that I once wrote. Never trust code written by a man who uses defines to create his own C syntax." -- Fredrik Lundh


Peter Hansen is right in complimenting Sorin Marti on his excellent problem description, and helps with reading binary data from a file.

Fredrik Lundh shows how easy it is to write macro-like extensions for your Python application.

Tim Delaney provides a mutable string class that can be used to concatenate strings efficiently and easily, instead of using myPage+="more html..." or "n".join(strings).

Bengt Richter gives a possible explanation of the (historic?) distiction between carriage return (CR) and line feed (LF), and how this bears on problems with "shebang" scripts.

Alan Kennedy explains why compiling to C code is not always guaranteed to speed things up, and why PyPy (Python written in Python!) could help in the performance department.

Raymond Hettinger explains the purpose of some of the recent iteration constructs (itertools), and why things are this way.

Edvard Majakari shares interesting opinions on Unit Testing and test-driven development.


PyRex 0.8, a language for writing Python extension modules.

M2Crypto 0.11, a crypto and SSL toolkit for Python.

PythonCAD 8th release, a CAD package written in Python.

DocUtils 0.3, a system for processing plaintext documentation (reStructuredText markup).
<> Scratchy 0.4, an Apache log parser and HTML report generator.

ClientForm 0.0.10 and 0.1.3a, a Python module for handling HTML forms on the client.

SCons 0.90, a software construction tool (build tool, or make tool).

Twisted 1.0.6, an event-driven networking framework for server and client applications.

David Mertz, our own Lulu, presents Twisted to a wider audience.

TTFQuery 0.2.4, builds on the FontTools module to allow you to query TTF font-files for metadata and glyph outlines.

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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