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Python-URL! for March 6, 2000

Date: Mon, 6 Mar 2000 01:45:26 -0600 (CST)
From: Fredrik Lundh [email protected]
Newsgroups: comp.lang.python
Subject: Dr. Dobb’s Python-URL! – weekly Python news and links (Mar
6)

Things to read:

Paul Prescod: Why I Promote Python
http://www.oreilly.com/news/prescod_0300.html

Pete Beckman and Greg Wilson: Open Source Meets Big Iron
http://software-carpentry.codesourcery.com/extern/big-iron.html

Peter Norvig: Python for Lisp Programmers
http://www.norvig.com/python-lisp.html

Dennis Hamilton: Python for Non-Programmers
http://www.deja.com/=dnc/getdoc.xp?AN=591803780

Things to help out with:

Nathan Wallace is building a Python knowledge base:
http://python.faqts.com
http://www.deja.com/=dnc/getdoc.xp?AN=591892368

Fred Drake: How to best help out with the Python
documentation!
http://www.deja.com/=dnc/getdoc.xp?AN=591003673

Things to prepare for:

Guido van Rossum: Multi-argument append is illegal, and will not
be supported in 1.6:
http://www.deja.com/=dnc/getdoc.xp?AN=590886581

To be on the safe side, make sure you run Tim Peters’
checkappend.py utility on your sources as soon as possible (It’ll
find most (but not all) uses of the old syntax:
http://www.deja.com/=dnc/getdoc.xp?AN=591243549

And while you’re at it, why not run Moshe Zadka’s selfnanny.py
on your code as well:
http://www.deja.com/=dnc/getdoc.xp?AN=593057376

Other stuff from the newsgroup:

Greg Wilson looks for an XML DTD for Python Source.
Paul Prescod is rather sceptical:
http://www.deja.com/=dnc/viewthread.xp?AN=591761643

http://www.deja.com/=dnc/getdoc.xp?AN=592820382

Roger Klaveness: How to run Zope on Mac OS X
http://www.deja.com/=dnc/getdoc.xp?AN=593038130

David Fisher: Accessing I/O ports on Windows 95
http://www.deja.com/=dnc/getdoc.xp?AN=592598772

Darrell Gallion: How to get a notification event when a
directory is modified (Windows only)
http://www.deja.com/=dnc/getdoc.xp?AN=591535488

David Ullrich: How to get Windows to recognize Python scripts
(if the installer didn’t do that for you)
http://www.deja.com/=dnc/getdoc.xp?AN=590948663

Oleg Broytmann: How to send a binary file attachment
http://www.deja.com/=dnc/getdoc.xp?AN=590791917

Tim Ottinger and Fredrik Lundh: When to compile regular
expressions?
http://www.deja.com/=dnc/getdoc.xp?AN=590851115

Various Pythoneers: What Python books are suitable for
beginners?
http://www.deja.com/=dnc/viewthread.xp?AN=590577759

Guido van Rossum: New mailing list for IDLE development
http://www.deja.com/=dnc/getdoc.xp?AN=591322587

Michal Wallace: Would open source projects move faster if people
use more Python?
http://www.deja.com/=dnc/getdoc.xp?AN=590732971

Fredrik Lundh: repr vs. str (according to the eff-bot)
http://www.deja.com/=dnc/getdoc.xp?AN=590939567

Newsgroup logistics:

All time high on comp.lang.python: 3977 posts in February
http://starship.python.net/crew/just/FindMailStats/

David Fisher: Advanced newsgroup statistics!
http://www.deja.com/=dnc/getdoc.xp?AN=592196189

Is 1000 posts per week too much to handle? Some Pythoneers argue
for a newsgroup split (unfortunately, the thread itself has also
split):

http://www.deja.com/=dnc/dnquery.xp?ST=PS&QRY=&defaultOp=AND&DBS=1&format=threaded&showsort
=score&maxhits=25&LNG=ALL&subjects=splitting+comp.lang.python+&groups=comp.lang.python

On the other hand, maybe zero posts per week is too little?
http://www.deja.com/=dnc/viewthread.xp?AN=592696098

Finally, some interesting software announcements:

Constantinos Kotsokalis: PyAsync: An Asynchronous TCP Server
Module
http://www.deja.com/=dnc/getdoc.xp?AN=591283800

Helmut Michels: DISLIN 7.3 (a data plotting library for
Python)
http://www.deja.com/=dnc/getdoc.xp?AN=592614308

Sean McGrath: Pyxie: An Open Source XML Processing Library for
Python
http://xml.com/pub/coverpage/newspage.html#ni2000-02-28-a

Will Ware: Microthreads package for Stackless Python
http://www.deja.com/=dnc/getdoc.xp?AN=591530057


Everything you want is probably one or two clicks away in these
pages:

Python.org’s Python Language Website is the center of
Pythonia
http://www.python.org

eff-bot’s complements this digest with his daily python url
http://hem.passagen.se/eff/url.htm

Much of Python’s real work takes place on Special-Interest Group
mailing lists
http://www.python.org/sigs/

Python Consortium emerges as an independent nexus of
activity
http://www.python.org/consortium

The Vaults of Parnassus ambitiously collects Python
resources
http://www.vex.net/~x/parnassus/

Python To-Do List anticipates some of Python’s future
direction
http://www.python.org/cgi-bin/todo.py

Python Journal is at work on its second issue
http://www.pythonjournal.com

Links2Go is a new semi-automated link collection; it’s
impressive what AI can generate
http://www.links2go.com/search?search=python

Archive probing trick of the trade:

http://www.dejanews.com/dnquery.xp?QRY=&DBS=2&ST=PS&defaultOp=AND&LNG=ALL&format=
threaded&showsort=date&maxhits=100&groups=comp.lang.python

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