Linux Today: Linux News On Internet Time.

More on LinuxToday

Dr. Dobb's Python-URL! - Weekly Python News and Links (Jun 8)

Jun 10, 2004, 05:30 (1 Talkback[s])


Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers

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 McKitrick

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

http://groups.google.com/groups?th=acc961b08f1cb88a 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 of Pythonia

Notice especially the master FAQ


PythonWare complements the digest you're reading with the marvelous 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 newsgroup weekly.


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 mailing lists


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.


Python FAQTS


The Cookbook is a collaborative effort to capture useful and interesting recipes.


Among several Python-oriented RSS/RDF feeds available are

http://python.de/backend.php For more, see

The old Python "To-Do List" now lives principally in a SourceForge reincarnation.


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*


Archive probing tricks of the trade:


Previous - (U)se the (R)esource, (L)uke! - messages are listed here: http://www.ddj.com/topics/pythonurl/ http://purl.org/thecliff/python/url.html (dormant) or

Suggestions/corrections for next week's posting are always welcome. E-mail to <Python-URL@phaseit.net> should get through.

To receive a new issue of this posting in e-mail each Monday morning (approximately), ask <claird@phaseit.net> to subscribe. Mention "Python-URL!".

  • The Python-URL! Team--

Dr. Dobb's Journal (http://www.ddj.com) is pleased to participate in and sponsor the "Python-URL!" project.

Related Stories: