Dr. Dobb's Python-URL! - Weekly Python News and Links (Jun 8)
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QOTW: "With so many languages being written these days, someone
[is] bound to name [his] language 'Right' simply because all the
other words are taken." -- Tor Iver Wilhelmsen
QOTW: "Why did no one invent Python before?" -- Jonathon
If you are new to Python and would rather write a few more
statements than bite the bullet and build your own class, then
relax, Robert Brewer shows how to create a dictionary with a
default value for missing keys - Chris demanded "Perlish behaviour"
- in no more than three lines.
David Stockwell stumbles over a line of code designed for
sharing version information between a Python module and the
revision control system.
David Goodger anounces a cheat sheet for reStructuredText for
those who already have some knowledge of the format.
Duncan Booth motivates class methods using the classic OO
example, a hierarchy of shapes.
Axel Scheepers has converted a Perl script to Python and now
wants a speed boost. The more concrete proposals show the tendency
to make the code both shorter and more elegant. Let's hope it will
be fast enough, too.
Speaking of speed, some recipes appear in the newsgroup time and
again, and Irmen de Jong has set up a Wiki page to collect common
wisdom. You are invited to participate.
Atul Varma has written a minimal C compiler in Python - the news
is brought to our attention by Tim Freeman. The extension of the
tool chain fosters plans of world domination in an otherwise humble
community. Read the full thread here
or go directly to the source at
So why did no one invent Python before? The question spawns an
interesting thread and is not as silly as the questioner fears, as
Erik Max Francis proves with his profound answer.
Everything Python-related you want is probably one or two clicks
away in these pages:
Python.org's Python Language Website is the traditional center
Notice especially the master FAQ
PythonWare complements the digest you're reading with the
marvelous 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
announces new Python software. Be sure to scan this newsgroup
Brett Cannon continues the marvelous tradition established by
Andrew Kuchling and Michael Hudson of intelligently 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
The Python Business Forum "further[s] the interests of companies
that base their business on ... Python."
The Python Software Foundation (PSF) has replaced the Python
Consortium as an independent nexus of activity. It has official
responsibility for Python's development and maintenance.
Among the ways you can support PSF is with a donation.
Cetus collects Python hyperlinks.
The Cookbook is a collaborative effort to capture useful and
Among several Python-oriented RSS/RDF feeds available are
For more, see
The old Python "To-Do List" now lives principally in a
The online Python Journal is posted at pythonjournal.cognizor.com/.
welcome submission of material that helps people's understanding of
Python use, and offer Web presentation of your work.
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