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Dec 29, 2002, 17:00 (0 Talkback[s])

QOTW:  "I think this Knuth guy might have been onto something ;-)."
curiousguyd at

"[S]ource code [is] a liability, not an asset."  Cameron Laird

"I think the world would probably be a better place if everybody had a
blow-up doll to talk to. ;-)"     Skip Montanaro         

Articles and threads
    An innocent question about garbage collection results in words of
    warning concerning the unnecessary reliance of implementation
    details in particular Python implementations (e.g., CPython
    vs. Jython finalization):

    Python--especially by way of salstat--does statistics.

    Manuel M. Garcia sums up the Python vs. Lisp tirades and community
    competition that tends to spawn off large threads:

    An important thread highlights modules far less well-known than
    they deserve.

    A release of Python 2.2.1 for DOS has been made available:

    Thwander version 2.29 has been released:

    Thanos Vassilakis has written an article outlining how to do CGI
    session handling with pso.session:

    Jarno Virtanen thinks hard about what it means to sort in Python.     

Meetings and announcements
    EuroPython 2003 will be held in Charleroi, Belgium, in 2003 June
    25-27; details are forthcoming:

    PyCon DC 2003's Call for Papers has been extended until 15 January.
    You, too, can "Popularize Python".       

    Useless Python is looking for volunteers to contribute:


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 Vaults of Parnassus ambitiously collect 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*

    Tenth International Python Conference            

    Archive probing tricks of the trade:*

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