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QOTW: "I worry about Python losing its KISS principle. Python 2.2 has been ported to the Nokia Series 60 platform, which has something like 8-16 MB of RAM available. I'm sure the footprint growth of Python 2.3 and 2.4 gives those developers nightmares already when they are thinking of tracking later versions..." - Guido van Rossum

"Everyone knows that any scripting language shootout that doesn't show Python as the best language is faulty by design." - Max M

In his answer to John Fabiani, Martin von Loewis informs about the limitations (sic!) of 64-bit Python. For the rest of us it's good to know it's there.

While Steve Holden explains how to craft SQL-Queries properly to take advantage of the Python Database API's parameter substitution features, he advances from most likely the oldest to definitely the oldest Python user. Or is it just sample data?

George Young learns the hard way about a pitfall of implicit conversion to bool in an if statement.

See Eric DeWall's post for an example where the null object design pattern (pointed out by Irmen de Jong) can help clean up your code.

Uwe Schmitt submits a nice recipe dealing with hierarchical data to the Python Cookbook.

Blogging addicts among the pythonistas - have you been on planet Python?

Frank Immich triggers a sudden spike of activity in the german python mailing list. Various algorithms to discover consecutive numbers in a list are explored, which may also be of interest to an international crowd.

Gabor Farkas wants to know how to cope with a dictionary that is getting too big to hold in memory. Along with the standard answers he receives a custom solution by Jeff Epler.

You're not a lawyer, of course, but you spend part of your time trying to think like one. It follows that the intellectual property documents Marc-Andre Lemburg and the rest of the PSF are accumulating might interest you.

Phil Thompson announces the release of SIP Version 4.0, a tool to generate Python wrappers for C and C++ libraries.

Everything Python-related 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 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 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
For more, see

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*

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