Dr. Dobb's Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Oct 28)

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Erik Max Francis

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Oct 28, 2002, 9:11:30 AM10/28/02
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QOTW: "Grab an interpreter (it's free), fire up an interactive Python
shell, and start playing with the tutorial of your choice (also free).
That's the fastest way to get answers to your questions you'll believe.
You'll like the answer you discover -- unless you're an idiot <wink>."
Tim Peters

"And that's the really important point in my opinion -- the Cookbook
[published by O'Reilly] *is* the Python Community's book." Alex Martelli

"It's cool to be able to create objects based on a class name in a text
file, without having to write a whole system of factories. It's cool to
have a collection of heterogeneous function objects without sweating for
hours over the type declaration syntax, or rebuilding everything with a
common base class. Python rocks!" Bruce Dawson


Discussion
Mel Wilson gives a helpful (if only slightly inaccurate) view from
thirty kilofeet regarding transitioning from Java/C++ to Python:
http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=sbVt9ks/KPvM089yn%40the-wire.com

Alex Martelli compares Python with Ruby in an impromptu dissertation.
http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=Sgiu9.33609%24aL4.1010957%40news1.tin.it

A "just for fun" thread about computing permutations of sequences
leads to the usual high quality answers involving Python optimization:
http://groups.google.com/groups?threadm=apgcnd%24dbh%241%40news.hccnet.nl

Another thread on optimization of numeric computations yields useful
insights:
http://groups.google.com/groups?threadm=Xns92B01D61ED20Bdonkansevenyahoocom%40130.133.1.4

Software
Twisted 1.0.0 Developer Platform is released:
http://www.twistedmatrix.com/

Humongous Entertainment releases Backward Hockey, a commercial game
with engine components written in C++, but the bulk of which is
written in Python:
http://www.funkidsgames.com/games/byhockey_pc/

SpaceWarPy is a clone of the classic game SpaceWar, using pygame 1.5:
http://www.anti-particle.com/spacewarpy.shtml

KavCalc is a simple calculator implemented with pygame:
http://kavlon.org/projects/

Resources
Christopher Lozinski has created a Python and Zope job market Web
page (which is, of course, written in Python and Zope itself):
http://python.jobmart.com/

Patrick O'Brien has written an article introducing Python for use
in bioinformatics:
http://www.onlamp.com/pub/a/python/2002/10/17/biopython.html

Bruce Dawson's article from GDC 2002 about game scripting in
Python is available from Gamasutra:
http://www.gamasutra.com/features/20020821/dawson_pfv.htm


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Everything 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
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.

comp.lang.python.announce announces new Python software. Be
sure to scan this newly-revitalized newsgroup at least weekly.
http://groups.google.com/groups?oi=djq&as_ugroup=comp.lang.python.announce

Brett Cannon continues the marvelous tradition established by
Andrew Kuchling and Michael Hudson of summarizing action on the
python-dev mailing list once every other week.
http://starship.python.net/crew/mwh/summaries/
http://www.amk.ca/python/dev

The Vaults of Parnassus ambitiously collect 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/

The Python Software Foundation has replaced the Python Consortium
as an independent nexus of activity
http://www.python.org/psf/

Cetus does much of the same
http://www.cetus-links.org/oo_python.html

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

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://python.sourceforge.net/peps/pep-0042.html

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.

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

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

Tenth International Python Conference
http://www.python10.org

Archive probing tricks of the trade:
http://groups.google.com/groups?oi=djq&as_ugroup=comp.lang.python&num=100
http://groups.google.com/groups?meta=site%3Dgroups%26group%3Dcomp.lang.python.*

Previous - (U)se the (R)esource, (L)uke! - messages are listed here:
http://www.ddj.com/topics/pythonurl/
http://purl.org/thecliff/python/url.html (dormant)
or
http://groups.google.com/groups?oi=djq&as_q=+Python-URL!&as_ugroup=comp.lang.python


Suggestions/corrections for next week's posting are always welcome.
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Cameron Laird

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Oct 28, 2002, 9:33:24 AM10/28/02
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In article <urqhcig...@corp.supernews.com>,

Erik Max Francis <m...@alcyone.com> wrote:
>QOTW: "Grab an interpreter (it's free), fire up an interactive Python
>shell, and start playing with the tutorial of your choice (also free).
.
.
.

> Humongous Entertainment releases Backward Hockey, a commercial game
> with engine components written in C++, but the bulk of which is
> written in Python:
> http://www.funkidsgames.com/games/byhockey_pc/
.
.
.
Exercise for the day: explain why popular censorware is
bouncing this week's "Python-URL!". My guess is that the
isolated word "humongous" is scored as irremediable.
--

Cameron Laird <Cam...@Lairds.com>
Business: http://www.Phaseit.net
Personal: http://phaseit.net/claird/home.html

John Hunter

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Oct 28, 2002, 10:09:12 AM10/28/02
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>>>>> "Cameron" == Cameron Laird <cla...@lairds.com> writes:

Cameron> Exercise for the day: explain why popular censorware is
Cameron> bouncing this week's "Python-URL!".

Erik> Bruce Dawson's article from GDC 2002 about game scripting in
Erik> Python is available from Gamasutra:
Erik> http://www.gamasutra.com/features/20020821/dawson_pfv.htm

A lot of spammers try to mask porn by doing char substitutions and/or
order jumbling, as in pr0n. Perhaps Gamasutra was a fuzzy match for
Kamasutra (it's a soundex match). I searched google for Kamasutra and
web filter and turned up a post saying:

Hotmail now has such a filter that you can set at four levels (Low
to Exclusive). Yet, even at the High setting, I receive five or more
spam messages a day in my Inbox regarding Indian KamaSutra, Viagra
and many more unprintable subjects.

So maybe the web filters have added an extra level to the volume
control -- this spam filter goes to 11.

JDH

Lyle Johnson

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Oct 28, 2002, 11:43:45 AM10/28/02
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Cameron Laird wrote:

| Exercise for the day: explain why popular censorware is
| bouncing this week's "Python-URL!". My guess is that the
| isolated word "humongous" is scored as irremediable.

And if that weren't enough, seeing the words "sweating", "humongous" and
"Python" in the same post would probably close the deal ;)

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Skip Montanaro

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Oct 29, 2002, 11:26:18 AM10/29/02
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Cameron> Exercise for the day: explain why popular censorware is
Cameron> bouncing this week's "Python-URL!". My guess is that the
Cameron> isolated word "humongous" is scored as irremediable.

Maybe we should suggest to the filter makers that they take a look at
spambayes (http://spambayes.sf.net/) if they want to do more accurate
detection of good mail and bad mail. It's accuracy is pretty phenomenal.
With minor mods (it's currently geared toward parsing email at this point)
it could probably tackle web pages as well.

--
Skip Montanaro - sk...@pobox.com
http://www.mojam.com/
http://www.musi-cal.com/

Chris F.A. Johnson

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Oct 30, 2002, 7:29:53 AM10/30/02
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In article <urqilkb...@corp.supernews.com>, Cameron Laird wrote:
> In article <urqhcig...@corp.supernews.com>,
> Erik Max Francis <m...@alcyone.com> wrote:
>>QOTW: "Grab an interpreter (it's free), fire up an interactive Python
>>shell, and start playing with the tutorial of your choice (also free).
> .
> .
> .
>> Humongous Entertainment releases Backward Hockey, a commercial game
>> with engine components written in C++, but the bulk of which is
>> written in Python:
>> http://www.funkidsgames.com/games/byhockey_pc/
> .
> Exercise for the day: explain why popular censorware is
> bouncing this week's "Python-URL!". My guess is that the
> isolated word "humongous" is scored as irremediable.

Or: fu?k

--
Chris F.A. Johnson http://cfaj.freeshell.org
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My code (if any) in this post is copyright 2002, Chris F.A. Johnson
and may be copied under the terms of the GNU General Public License

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