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QOTW: "We will perhaps eventually be writing only small modules which are identified by name as they are used to build larger ones, so that devices like indentation, rather than delimiters, might become feasible for expressing local structure in the source language." --Donald E. Knuth, "Structured Programming with goto Statements", Computing Surveys, Vol 6 No 4, Dec. 1974

"I never got beyond starting the data-structures in C++, I never got beyond seeing how it would work in Scheme. I finished it in one Python-filled afternoon, and discovered the idea sucked big time. I was glad I did it in Python, because it only cost me one afternoon to discover the idea sucks." -- Moshe Zadka,


It seems several people are working on animated debuggers for Python.

A comment by Guido on the dev list sparks a discussion on the distinction between lists and tuples, and the proper uses for same.

The question of how to move large data through a non-blocking socket efficiently is asked, and answered.

The standard question about floating point accuracy wanders into which bases are best for representing fractions.

A comparison of single-user databases results from a question of the same.


wxPython is a cross platform GUI toolkit.

twander 3.134 is a macro-programmable file system browser.

Eric 3.1 is a Python IDE.

omniORB 4.0.1 and omniORBpy 2.1 are high performance CORBA ORBs and a python interface to the same.

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.

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