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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

"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 <>

"> > 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.


    A discussion on chaining generators:
    The Dijkstra quote spawns a debate on the Zen koan "There should be
    one -- and preferably only one -- obvious way to do it."
    Jeff Sasmor testifies as to his experience with Wing.
    Sites and books:
    Check out the (new and improved?) Python Wiki:
    Magnus Lie Hetland releases his new book _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:

    WebVal, a URL scanner, maintainer, and validator:
    ip2cc converts IP addresses into countries:
    generateDS maps XML schemas to Python classes, and loads the XML into 
    a Python object:
    PWebS, an HTTP server (still alpha):


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.

    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?

    The Vaults of Parnassus ambitiously collect Python resources   

    Much of Python's real work takes place on Special-Interest Group
    mailing lists

    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*

    Links2Go is a new semi-automated link collection; it's impressive
    what AI can generate

    Tenth International Python Conference            

    Archive probing tricks of the trade:*

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