QOTW: "Good God! Is there *anything* that python does not already do? I
hardly feel the need to write programs anymore ... Its really 80% like
of the questions that are asked here get answered along the lines of:
solution = some_fancy_module.exactly_the_right_function_to_solve(problem)
" - Wildemar Wildenburger
"Whenever you are tempted to create dynamically variables names, 99% of
the time what you really want is a data structure, typically a dict or
a list." - George Sakkis
An example shows how much more convenient it is to use cElementTree
than to write a custom expat parser:
The Time Machine in action again: How to enumerate classes in a module,
in the same order they were defined:
str.lower()/upper() may not work as expected even on familiar
encodings like utf-8:
Steve Holden shows the power of __getattr__, modifying functions
Learning by example: Ten small-but-useful programs increase from
one line to ten lines in length and demonstrate key Python concepts:
The advantages of using a module as a singleton - let Python do the
Debugging extension modules on Windows may be difficult without the proper
(commercial) compiler. This topic shows how to do that using only freely
Think before using inheritance: a Point is not a list:
Michelle Simioniato on decorators again: functools makes it easy to
Tips on how to "sell" yourself as a freelancer:
Everything Python-related you want is probably one or two clicks away in
Python.org'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
The Python Papers aims to publish "the efforts of Python enthusiats".
Readers have recommended the "Planet" sites:
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:
Steve Bethard continues the marvelous tradition early borne by
Andrew Kuchling, Michael Hudson, Brett Cannon, Tony Meyer, and Tim
Lesher 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
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.
Kurt B. Kaiser publishes a weekly report on faults and patches.
Although unmaintained since 2002, the Cetus collection of Python
hyperlinks retains a few gems.
The Cookbook is a collaborative effort to capture useful and
Many Python conferences around the world are in preparation.
Watch this space for links to them.
Among several Python-oriented RSS/RDF feeds available are
For more, see
The old Python "To-Do List" now lives principally in a
The online Python Journal is posted at pythonjournal.cognizor.com.
firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
welcome submission of material that helps people's understanding
of Python use, and offer Web presentation of your work.
del.icio.us presents an intriguing approach to reference commentary.
It already aggregates quite a bit of Python intelligence.
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