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Just wanted to say thank you to Simon and all the
other people who have edited the Python-URL! weekly
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constant reader of c.l.py and various blogs and other
on-line sources, I still look forward to to its weekly
That's both because of the mild editorial introductions
and also because it will almost certainly pick up
something I've missed (sometimes because it's a gem
buried deep within a thread which I've long since given
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> Just wanted to say thank you to Simon and all the
> other people who have edited the Python-URL! weekly
> digest over the years. Despite my being a pretty much
> constant reader of c.l.py and various blogs and other
> on-line sources, I still look forward to to its weekly
> That's both because of the mild editorial introductions
> and also because it will almost certainly pick up
> something I've missed (sometimes because it's a gem
> buried deep within a thread which I've long since given
> up on!)
Same here : thanks for letting us get away with being lazy(er) ! :-)
YAFAP : http://www.multimania.com/fredp/
Fred> Same here : thanks for letting us get away with being
Fred> lazy(er) ! :-)
Ditto. As someone who's done a couple of p-url's, I can say it's quite
a bit of work to find the interesting tidbits from the depths of
500-post threads where people can't be bothered to change the subject
Ville Vainio http://tinyurl.com/2prnb
*grins* My computer hard-drive is FULL of emails/webpages/documents of
python snippets that the Python-URL's have made me aware of.
Great community resource. (Are the old weekly URL's stored somewhere
other than the newsgroup archives?)
<http://www.ddj.com/topics/pythonurl/> - but that requires a
subscription. I tend to pick up my Dr. Dobbs from a newsagent, so I
just use Google Groups.