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Python-URL! - Weekly Python News and Links (August 19)

Aug 21, 2002, 03:00 (0 Talkback[s])

QOTW:  "I thought that it was a firm principle of language design --
out of concern for programming as a human activity -- that in all
respects equivalent programs should have few possibilities for different
representation [...].  Otherwise completely different styles of
programming arise unnecessarily, thereby hampering maintainability,
readability and what have you.  This requires from the language
designers the courage to make up their minds!" -- Edsger W. Dijkstra on
GREEN, an early version of Ada
    http://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/EWD/ewd06xx/EWD660.PDF

"If you have a question that contains the phrase 'can I count on the
implementation optimizing ...' then the answer is almost certainly
'no'." -- Michael Hudson <lkk7mwm9an.fsf@pc150.maths.bris.ac.uk>

"> > and that all the horrors commited in [lambda's] name were not Pythonic.
 > 
 > What horrors?

 Lambdas sometimes eat small animals.  This might seem horrible but it's
 actually very pythonic."
  -- Cliff Wells <1029536073.17435.152.camel@software1.logiplex.internal>


    Kristen Nygaard dies.
        http://www.n-tv.de/3057270.html

    Threads:

    A discussion on chaining generators:
        http://groups.google.com/groups?threadm=yu993cthtpqr.fsf@europa.research.att.com
    
    The Dijkstra quote spawns a debate on the Zen koan "There should be
    one -- and preferably only one -- obvious way to do it."
        http://groups.google.com/groups?threadm=3D584848.EC604276@ntlworld.com
    
    Jeff Sasmor testifies as to his experience with Wing.
        http://groups.google.com/groups?th=7170bfdfac99ee09
    
    Sites and books:
    
    Check out the (new and improved?) Python Wiki:
        http://www.python.org/cgi-bin/moinmoin/FrontPage
    
    Magnus Lie Hetland releases his new book _Practical Python_:
        http://www.hetland.org/writing/practical-python/
    
    There were several PyGame submissions to the recent Ludum Dare 48-hour
    competition (write a game from scratch in 48 hours), see reviews,
    screenshots, and code:
        http://www.pygame.org/ludumcontest1.shtml

    Software:
    
    WebVal, a URL scanner, maintainer, and validator:
        http://www.alcyone.com/pyos/webval/
    
    ip2cc converts IP addresses into countries:
        http://cvs.sf.net/cgi-bin/viewcvs.cgi/ppa/misc/ip2cc.py
    
    generateDS maps XML schemas to Python classes, and loads the XML into 
    a Python object:
        http://www.rexx.com/~dkuhlman/#generateDS
    
    PWebS, an HTTP server (still alpha):
        http://pwebs.sourceforge.net/
    

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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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