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Cameron Laird

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Mar 23, 2011, 2:10:42 PM3/23/11
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QOTW: "So far as I know, that actually just means that the test suite
is
insufficient." - Peter Seebach, when an application passes all its
tests
http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.lisp/msg/29aff9595bb0eac0


Administrative note: it's been a while--since the end of October
2010,
in fact; "Python-URL!" has been dormant all that time. It looks as
though
we're re-activating now, though, and the next month should make
apparent
whether we've returned to our roughly-weekly schedule. A few minor
structural changes are afoot; likely to be of broadest interest is
that
"twits" can now follow "Python-URL!" on <URL: http://twitter.com/Phaseit
>.


PyCon2011 had IDE news that made the trade press:

http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Application-Development/Microsoft-Launches-Python-Tools-for-Visual-Studio-Beta-638994/?kc=EWKNLITA03152011STR3

Kirby Urner reflects on the virtues of our built-in battery tester:
http://mail.python.org/pipermail/edu-sig/2011-February/010179.html

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:
http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/browse_thread/thread/e8ea8cc833aebac2

While file extensions are among the many topics Python has handled
deftly for over two decades now, the best handling continues to
update occasionally:
http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/browse_thread/thread/6b166a07312c2c12


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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

Just beginning with Python? This page is a great place to start:
http://wiki.python.org/moin/BeginnersGuide/Programmers

The Python Papers aims to publish "the efforts of Python
enthusiasts":
http://pythonpapers.org/
The Python Magazine is a technical monthly devoted to Python:
http://pythonmagazine.com

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

comp.lang.python.announce announces new Python software. Be
sure to scan this newsgroup weekly.
http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python.announce/topics

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

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

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/donations/

The Summary of Python Tracker Issues is an automatically generated
report summarizing new bugs, closed ones, and patch submissions.
http://search.gmane.org/?author=status%40bugs.python.org&group=gmane.comp.python.devel&sort=date

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

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://code.activestate.com/recipes/langs/python/

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-
inclined:
http://twitter.com/SciPyTip

Among several Python-oriented RSS/RDF feeds available, see:
http://www.python.org/channews.rdf
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/

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

At least one of the Python magazines is explicitly multilingual:
http://www.python.org/ar/

Enjoy the *Python Magazine*.
http://pymag.phparch.com/

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

Python articles regularly appear at IBM DeveloperWorks:
http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/search/searchResults.jsp?searchSite=dW&searchScope=dW&encodedQuery=python&rankprofile=8

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for and against are occasionally entertained.


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