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Python-URL! - Weekly Python News and Links (August 12)

Aug 13, 2002, 07:00 (0 Talkback[s])

QOTW:  "Python is not a nanny.  It's a language for consenting adults. 
What you do with your classes is your business.  If you use someone else's
classes, it is your responsibility to consider the sanity of the source --
and to test." -- Terry Reedy

"Python is what BASIC should have been. Easy for beginners, powerful for
advanced applications, able to seamlessly integrate with C, object-ori-
ented.  I love this language."        TuxTrax      

    Congratulations to 2002 Active Awards Winners, including Robin Dunn
    and Alex Martelli.
        http://www.activestate.com/Corporate/Awards/ActiveAwards.html

    Paul Rubin notes that some recipes in the Python Cookbook are insecure,
    and require access to a true random number generator:
        http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=7xit2iff9c.fsf_-_@ruckus.brouhaha.com
    
    People list a number of Python-extendable editors:
        http://groups.google.com/groups?threadm=62d99731.0208091518.2b9254a1@posting.google.com
    
    Use Reportlab to create Quicktime movies.  Animate your PDF's, turn your
    boring documentation into epic cinema:
        http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=mailman.1028923525.20440.python-list@python.org
    
    Edsger Dikjstra completes his final computation.
        http://www.lwn.net/Articles/6954/
                                     
    A Python and Zope job market, run by a Python and Zope guy who's in the
    job market:
        http://python.jobmart.com/
    
    The TIOBE Programming Community Index gives Python a score of 1.8,
    that's 0.3 extra points worth of mainstreamness!
        http://www.tiobe.com/tpci.htm
    
    An interview with Alex Martelli and David Ascher, editors of _The Python
    Cookbook_:
        http://www.onlamp.com/pub/a/python/2002/08/01/cookbook.html
    Missing from the interview is Luther Blisset:
        http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=3D509F22.3050108@chello.no
    
    Francois Pinard expounds the virtues of Pyrex:
        http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=oq7kj4yx81.fsf@titan.progiciels-bpi.ca

    A simple benchmark gets optimized:
        http://groups.google.com/groups?threadm=d8778a53.0208070621.62248e3d@posting.google.com
    
    Python defamed in online comments!
        http://linuxtoday.com/news_story.php3?ltsn=2002-08-05-005-26-IN-BZ-DV
    Community rallies in response!
        http://groups.google.com/groups?threadm=8a27e309.0208061148.4afe79@posting.google.com
    
    Spam has its purposes.  A penis enlargement ad makes people reflect on
    gender difference and bias among programmers.  Next, expect a
    make-money-fast spam to inspire discussion of the economic effects of
    faster development times...
        http://groups.google.com/groups?threadm=aip30m$bdm$1@scotsman.ed.ac.uk
    
    
    Software:
    
    OGLE 1.0, a trivial (incomplete) Python OpenGL engine, for your
    amusement and education:
        http://www.alcyone.com/pyos/ogle/
    
    Need help debugging your regexes?  If you have KDE, try Kudos:
        http://kodos.sourceforge.net/
    
    Straw, a Gnome Weblog Aggregator:
        http://www.helsinki.fi/~pakaste/straw.html
    
    The wxPython Pit covers everything wxWindows and Python related.  It's
    looking for contributors:
        http://wxpython-pit.sourceforge.net/
    
    Sreekant seeks collaboration in completing a music composition program:
        http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=436ad7a4.0208102251.5e64fa8e@posting.google.com
    

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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

    Michael Hudson continued Andrew Kuchling's marvelous tradition
    of summarizing action on the python-dev mailing list once every
    other week, into July 2001.  Any volunteers to re-start this
    valuable series?
        http://starship.python.net/crew/mwh/summaries/
        http://www.amk.ca/python/dev

    The Vaults of Parnassus ambitiously collect 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 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

    Links2Go is a new semi-automated link collection; it's impressive
    what AI can generate
        http://www.links2go.com/search?search=python

    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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