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From:  "Gabriel Genellina" <>
To:  (Python-URL distribution.)
Subject:  Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Nov 3)
Date:  Tue, 03 Nov 2009 11:59:14 +0000
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QOTW:  "I consider "import *" the first error to be fixed ..." - Robert
Kern, author of PyFlakes, a potential replacement for Pylint and Pychecker,
on his personal style
    Python 2.6.4 is out; it fixes some small but important bugs in
    previous 2.6.3 release:
    PEP391: A new way to configure Python logging, using dictionaries:
    Why do you use Python?
    Is there any value in forcing one class/function per module? (long thread):
    A review of complex solutions to an almost inexistent problem shows
    constructive criticism in action:
    A user module may shadow a standard module of the same name - is it
    copy.deepcopy() is not as "deep" as its name implies:
    A long thread about Web development: why to use templates, and why
    frameworks actually do help developers:
    Using a module as a place to store application global settings:
    A simple list comprehension question leads to discuss mutability,
    identity, and Cousin Chuy's Super-Burritos:
    Combining map, zip and filter into an equivalent list comprehension:
    timeit: make sure you actually measure what you want, and not other code:
    Why do compiled C extensions on Windows use '.pyd' in their name instead
    of '.dll'?
    Pyfora, a web forum about Python, was lauched recently. Will this
    fragment the community?
    A guy's future book on programming Python doesn't fit standard practice
    (a long thread!):
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

    Just beginning with Python?  This page is a great place to start:

    The Python Papers aims to publish "the efforts of Python enthusiasts":
    The Python Magazine is a technical monthly devoted to Python:

    Readers have recommended the "Planet" site:

    comp.lang.python.announce announces new Python software.  Be
    sure to scan this newsgroup weekly.

    Python411 indexes "podcasts ... to help people learn Python ..."
    Updates appear more-than-weekly:

    The Python Package Index catalogues packages.

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

    Python Success Stories--from air-traffic control to on-line
    match-making--can inspire you or decision-makers to whom you're
    subject with a vision of what the language makes practical.

    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.

    The Summary of Python Tracker Issues is an automatically generated
    report summarizing new bugs, closed ones, and patch submissions.

    Although unmaintained since 2002, the Cetus collection of Python
    hyperlinks retains a few gems.

    Python FAQTS

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

    Many Python conferences around the world are in preparation.
    Watch this space for links to them.

    Among several Python-oriented RSS/RDF feeds available, see:
    For more, see:
    The old Python "To-Do List" now lives principally in a
    SourceForge reincarnation. presents an intriguing approach to reference commentary.
    It already aggregates quite a bit of Python intelligence.

    Enjoy the *Python Magazine*.

    *Py: the Journal of the Python Language*

    Dr.Dobb's Portal is another source of Python news and articles:
    and Python articles regularly appear at IBM DeveloperWorks:

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