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QOTW "Implementations are always preferred over rhetoric." - Robert Brewer

"The programmers you'll be able to hire to work on a Java project won't be as smart as the ones you could get to work on a project written in Python." - Paul Graham

Colin J. Williams shows Mizrandir how to subclass numarray's arrays.

Hoang Do receives various suggestions how to drop into the interpreter from a running script.

Kyle Root asks for help arranging a dependency tree of Python modules and receives both theoretical background information on the problem and code implementing a "topological sort".

Timothy Fitz starts a discussion of the differences between Python's generators (an overwhelming success) and coroutines.

Fazer learns that he has competition in the area of scripts that retrieve weather forecasts from the web.

Coming from a C++ background, Olivier Parisy feels uneasy with the use of exceptions to control program flow in non-exceptional situations. Peter Hansen and several others tell him not to worry.

Roman Suzi has a clear vision of Python 3.0's design process in 2015.

We resist all urges to say more about decorators or white space.

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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