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QOTW: "With only one historian, there are no errors, everything written becomes fact." - Raymond Hettinger about Brett Cannon as the author of the python-dev summary

"[C]ode runs in the scope it was defined in, not the scope it is invoked in." - Jp Calderone

Dan Bishop posts a string-to-date conversion oneliner for Martin Bless.

When Chris asked for a translation of his QBasic drawing code into Python, I was about to answer "you need a little more boilerplate". But then I learned about turtle module.

Marduk wants string formatting to work with arbitrary sequences instead of tuples. It should not be required that all items in the sequence are consumed by the format string. Hans Nowak proposes a nice try-and-error approach.

[Off topic] Watch gumshoes Quinlan, Rowe, and Andreas uncover the evil (I won't spoil it) haunting newbie Fred's Python experience.

Dave Reed has written an article about "Rapid Application Development with Python and Glade".

Istvan Albert describes how to use standard Python classes with Zope.

Steve wants to extract numbers embedded in a text following a certain pattern. A job for regular expressions? If you follow, you will probably have noted that everything that can be done with regexps can also be achieved with Paul McGuire's pyparsing. Time to give it a try.

"It really shouldn't be considered 'amazing' that people donate, I think... it just makes sense.", as Peter Hansen puts it. Thanks to a large number of donors, the Python Software Foundation is able to support Python-related projects.

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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