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Cameron Laird

Mar 23, 2011, 2:10:42 PM3/23/11
QOTW: "So far as I know, that actually just means that the test suite
insufficient." - Peter Seebach, when an application passes all its

Administrative note: it's been a while--since the end of October
in fact; "Python-URL!" has been dormant all that time. It looks as
we're re-activating now, though, and the next month should make
whether we've returned to our roughly-weekly schedule. A few minor
structural changes are afoot; likely to be of broadest interest is
"twits" can now follow "Python-URL!" on <URL:

PyCon2011 had IDE news that made the trade press:

Kirby Urner reflects on the virtues of our built-in battery tester:

regex is important. It's also widely mis-understood, and often
results in little more than frustration. This conversation about
regex's special characters ends happily:

While file extensions are among the many topics Python has handled
deftly for over two decades now, the best handling continues to
update occasionally:

Everything Python-related you want is probably one or two clicks away
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
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.

nullege is an interesting search Web application, with the
to distinguish between Python code and comments. It provides what
appear to be relevant results, and demands neither Java nor CSS be

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.

SciPyTip is a high-quality daily (!) tip for the numerically-

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
It already aggregates quite a bit of Python intelligence.

At least one of the Python magazines is explicitly multilingual:

Enjoy the *Python Magazine*.

*Py: the Journal of the Python Language*

Python articles regularly appear at IBM DeveloperWorks:

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