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Goodbye Artima
It's been a good run, but the WYSIWIG editing facilities of Blogger have lured me away from Artima.



Origin of BDFL
I believe I've tracked down the origin of the term Benevolent Dictator For Life (BDFL) to a Python meeting in 1995. It's a blast from the past!



Python 3000 and You
I've posted the slides from my PyCon 2008 keynote on python.org. Here are the URLs, plus a warning against the temptation of changing your APIs at the same time as porting to Py3k. This is really important!



Python 3.0 alpha 2 Released!
Another milestone in Python 3000 development: alpha 2 is released. Now with immutable bytes!



Google Highly Open Participation Contest
The Google Open Source Office is outdoing itself with a new contest aimed at a younger generation of coders: students ages 13 or older.



Myths About Indentation in Python
I stumbled upon a particularly lucid explanation of Python's significant indentation, by Oliver Fromme of secnetics GmbH.



A Response to Bruce Eckel
Bruce Eckel blogged about "Python 3K or Python 2.9?". A lively discussion ensued. Here's my response.



It isn't Easy to Remove the GIL
A response to a blog post by Juergen Brendel pleading for the removal of the GIL.



Syncing Motorola RAZR v3xx With Mac iSync 2.4
I gave my wife a new phone for her birthday. But it was not recognized by iSync (I guess the phone is too new). I found a hint on an Italian bulletin board which I a am copying now.



Python 3000 alpha 1 Released!
The first Python 3000 release is out -- Python 3.0a1. Be the first one on your block to download it!



Python Sprint @ Google
Lesley Hawthorn wrote a brief summary of the activities at the Python Sprint at Google last week.



Python Bites (off-topic)
Two gruesome pictures of a Python caught in an electric fence. Warning: not for the faint of heart.



Python 3000 Sprint @ Google
The second annual Python Sprint @ Google is happening: August 22-25 (Wed-Sat), in Mountain View and Chicago.



Python 3000 Plea for Help
We're closing in on the first Python 3000 alpha release (promised for the end of August). I'd love help with fixing the last 11 unit tests that are still failing.



More Questions About Python 3000 Answered
Last week I started a Python 3000 FAQ, and solicited additional questions. Here are some additional answers.