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QOTW: "Lucky for me I found python before Java took over my brain." - Huy
"Python fits my brain" - proverb

"So as far as I'm concerned, SOAP is not XML, nor is it useful to even a
fraction of the degree to which it is destructive." - Uche Ogbuji

Over the weekend Andrea Griffini has implemented a toy Basic
interpreter in Python, inspired by a post of Leif K-Brooks. A few
other languages are also available.

Jeff Epler and Martin von Loewis help Vincent Delft to overcome the lack
of encoding-awareness in the zip file format.

As of June 2004, Pythonology has a few new success stories.

Python people are nice, says Andy Todd.

Something new from the decorator front:
Paul McGuire initates another decorator poll and a new keyword
followed by a suite seems to emerge as a viable contender with a small
chance to beat the pie syntax.

Thanks to the work of Michael Sparks building on previous efforts
by Mark Russell there is already a patch. Anthony Baxter, the
outspoken proponent of the pie syntax, helps with some useful hints,

Robert Brewer volunteers to "sell" the result to GvR.

Too old/too young is no excuse for not learning Python, according to
a thread started by Lucas Raab, asking for the
"Age of Python programmers"
with the only word of caution,
"Not yet, but our day will come"
being uttered by Robey Holderith.

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Everything Python-related you want is probably one or two clicks away in
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
Mygale is a news-gathering webcrawler that specializes in (new)
World-Wide Web articles related to Python.
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 newsgroup weekly.

Brett Cannon continues the marvelous tradition established by
Andrew Kuchling and Michael Hudson of intelligently summarizing
action on the python-dev mailing list once every other week.

The Python Package Index catalogues packages.

The somewhat older Vaults of Parnassus ambitiously collects references
to all sorts of Python resources.

Much of Python's real work takes place on Special-Interest Group
mailing lists

The Python Business Forum "further[s] the interests of companies
that base their business on ... Python."

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.

Cetus collects Python hyperlinks.

Python FAQTS

The Cookbook is a collaborative effort to capture useful and
interesting recipes.

Among several Python-oriented RSS/RDF feeds available are
For more, see
The old Python "To-Do List" now lives principally in a
SourceForge reincarnation.

The online Python Journal is posted at and
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*

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