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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:
    import some_fancy_module
    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:
        http://mail.python.org/pipermail/python-list/2007-May/441995.html
                                                                                    The Time Machine in action again: How to enumerate classes in a module,
    in the same order they were defined:
        http://mail.python.org/pipermail/python-list/2007-May/442009.html

    str.lower()/upper() may not work as expected even on familiar
    encodings like utf-8:
        http://mail.python.org/pipermail/python-list/2007-May/442195.html

    Steve Holden shows the power of __getattr__, modifying functions
    on-the-fly:
        http://mail.python.org/pipermail/python-list/2007-May/442432.html

    Learning by example: Ten small-but-useful programs increase from
    one line to ten lines in length and demonstrate key Python concepts:
        http://mail.python.org/pipermail/python-list/2007-May/442529.html
        http://wiki.python.org/moin/SimplePrograms

    Python cheerleading:
        http://opensource.sys-con.com/read/368040.htm  
        http://www.devchix.com/2007/05/24/beautiful-python-the-programming-la...

    The advantages of using a module as a singleton - let Python do the
    hard work:
        http://mail.python.org/pipermail/python-list/2007-May/442640.html

    Debugging extension modules on Windows may be difficult without the proper
    (commercial) compiler. This topic shows how to do that using only freely
    available tools:
        http://groups.google.de/group/comp.lang.python/browse_thread/thread/e...

    Think before using inheritance: a Point is not a list:
        http://groups.google.de/group/comp.lang.python/browse_thread/thread/0...

    Michelle Simioniato on decorators again:  functools makes it easy to
    decorate methods:
        http://mail.python.org/pipermail/python-list/2007-May/442057.html

    Tips on how to "sell" yourself as a freelancer:
        http://mail.python.org/pipermail/python-list/2007-May/442476.html

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

    Python.org's Python Language Website is the traditional
    center of Pythonia
        http://www.python.org
    Notice especially the master FAQ
        http://www.python.org/doc/FAQ.html

    PythonWare complements the digest you're reading with the
    marvelous daily python url
         http://www.pythonware.com/daily
    Mygale is a news-gathering webcrawler that specializes in (new)
    World-Wide Web articles related to Python.
         http://www.awaretek.com/nowak/mygale.html
    While cosmetically similar, Mygale and the Daily Python-URL
    are utterly different in their technologies and generally in
    their results.

    The Python Papers aims to publish "the efforts of Python enthusiats".
        http://pythonpapers.org/

    Readers have recommended the "Planet" sites:
        http://planetpython.org
        http://planet.python.org

    comp.lang.python.announce announces new Python software.  Be
    sure to scan this newsgroup weekly.
        #oi=djq&as_ugroup=comp.lang.python.ann...

    Python411 indexes "podcasts ... to help people learn Python ..."
    Updates appear more-than-weekly:
        http://www.awaretek.com/python/index.html

    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.
        http://www.python.org/dev/summary/

    The Python Package Index catalogues packages.
        http://www.python.org/pypi/

    The somewhat older Vaults of Parnassus ambitiously collects references
    to all sorts of Python resources.
        http://www.vex.net/~x/parnassus/

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

    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.
        http://www.pythonology.com/success

    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.
        http://www.python.org/psf/
    Among the ways you can support PSF is with a donation.
        http://www.python.org/psf/donate.html

    Kurt B. Kaiser publishes a weekly report on faults and patches.
        http://www.google.com/groups?as_usubject=weekly%20python%20patch

    Although unmaintained since 2002, the Cetus collection of Python
    hyperlinks retains a few gems.
        http://www.cetus-links.org/oo_python.html

    Python FAQTS
        http://python.faqts.com/

    The Cookbook is a collaborative effort to capture useful and
    interesting recipes.
        http://aspn.activestate.com/ASPN/Cookbook/Python

    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
        http://www.python.org/channews.rdf
        http://bootleg-rss.g-blog.net/pythonware_com_daily.pcgi
        http://python.de/backend.php
    For more, see
        http://www.syndic8.com/feedlist.php?ShowMatch=python&ShowStatus=all
    The old Python "To-Do List" now lives principally in a
    SourceForge reincarnation.
        http://sourceforge.net/tracker/?atid=355470&group_id=5470&func=browse
        http://www.python.org/dev/peps/pep-0042/

    The online Python Journal is posted at pythonjournal.cognizor.com.
    edi@pythonjournal.com and edi@pythonjournal.cognizor.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.
        http://del.icio.us/tag/python

    *Py: the Journal of the Python Language*
        http://www.pyzine.com

    Archive probing tricks of the trade:
        #oi=djq&as_ugroup=comp.lang.python&num...
        #meta=site%3Dgroups%26group%3Dcomp.lan...

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