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Dr. Dobb's Python-URL!--Weekly Python News and Links (Jul 19)

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QOTW: "So I better start practice my throwing, and Dan [Sugalski] better start practice his ducking. ;-)" -- Guido van Rossum using his time-machine for a preview on the Pie-thon at Oscon 2004.

"Anytime you need to do something on corresponding items in two lists, you should think of zip(), as this binds the matching elements together." -- Marc Boeren

Michele Simionato shows a concise way to implement a revolving counter.

http://groups.google.com/groups?threadm=4edc17eb.0407180632.14385359%40posting.google.com

In his answer to Chris Lyon, Daniel Dittmar posts a mini-tutorial on list comprehensions and iterators.

http://groups.google.com/groups?threadm=cd0pse%24q2g%241%40news1.wdf.sap-ag.de

Mike C. Fletcher shares his experiences in building Python extensions with the free (of charge) Microsoft Visual C++ Toolkit compiler.

http://groups.google.com/groups?threadm=mailman.528.1090097933.5135.python-list%40python.org
http://members.rogers.com/mcfletch/programming/mstoolkit/

Python newbie Matt Feinstein misses fixed-size integers in the core. While answers point out that this will not be problem in practice, Dan Bishop has a pure-python implementation to ease the (phantom?) pain.

http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=ad052e5c.0407161348.42abb996%40posting.google.com

Jacek Generowicz explains Python's scoping rules, and yes, he has a not so hidden agenda.

http://groups.google.com/groups?threadm=tyfwu15v85j.fsf%40pcepsft001.cern.ch

David Pokorny wants to run a function a fixed number of bytecodes at a time. It turns out that a similar problem has already been discussed a year ago - with impressive code posted by Duncan Booth.

http://groups.google.com/groups?threadm=40FA9D2A.3020905%40hotmail.com

Python Windows guru Mark Hammond needs beta-testers with IIS and Apache experience for a new ISAPI module.

http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=cdf3mb%2418b0%241%40arachne.labyrinth.net.au

Heiko Wundram engages in a discussion about the algorithm used in his little Minesweeper program.

http://groups.google.com/groups?threadm=mailman.326.1089751896.5135.python-list%40python.org

What is Pie-thon? For an explanation see

http://www.artima.com/forums/flat.jsp?forum=122&thread=27898


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

http://www.python.org
Notice especially the master FAQ

http://www.python.org/doc/FAQ.html

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.

http://groups.google.com/groups?oi=djq&as_ugroup=comp.lang.python.announce

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.

http://www.python.org/dev/summary/

The Python Package Index catalogues packages.

http://www.python.org/pypi/

The somewhat older Vaults of Parnassus ambitiously collects references to all sorts of Python resources.

http://www.vex.net/~x/parnassus/

Much of Python's real work takes place on Special-Interest Group mailing lists

http://www.python.org/sigs/

The Python Business Forum "further[s] the interests of companies that base their business on ... Python."

http://www.python-in-business.org

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.

http://www.python.org/psf/
Among the ways you can support PSF is with a donation.

http://www.python.org/psf/donate.html

Cetus collects Python hyperlinks.

http://www.cetus-links.org/oo_python.html

Python FAQTS

http://python.faqts.com/

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

http://aspn.activestate.com/ASPN/Cookbook/Python

Among several Python-oriented RSS/RDF feeds available are

http://www.python.org/channews.rdf
http://bootleg-rss.g-blog.net/pythonware_com_daily.pcgi
http://python.de/backend.php
For more, see
http://www.syndic8.com/feedlist.php?ShowMatch=python&ShowStatus=all

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

http://sourceforge.net/tracker/?atid=355470&group_id=5470&func=browse
http://python.sourceforge.net/peps/pep-0042.html

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*

http://www.pyzine.com

Archive probing tricks of the trade:

http://groups.google.com/groups?oi=djq&as_ugroup=comp.lang.python&num=100
http://groups.google.com/groups?meta=site%3Dgroups%26group%3Dcomp.lang.python.*

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
comp.lang.python

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