Issue #98

2 vs. 3

Jan. 10, 2014

2 vs. 3
EuroPython 2014 call for proposals, Python 3.4.0b2  and much more. 

Issue #98: 2 vs. 3


Friday,  January 10th, 2014


Hi Pythonistas!


Happy New Year Everyone! Lets get this going!


We have attempted to dodge the all consuming arguments about which is better Python 2 vs. Python 3. What we have also done is brought you the best projects and articles that were caught in the mushroom cloud of Python 2 and Python 3 debate.


Do what makes sense for you.


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News and Developments.

Call For Proposals: EuroPython 2014

You. Your friends. Your friends' friends. Do it. Submit a proposal.


Python 3.4.0b2 Released (

This is a preview release, and its use is not recommended for production settings. Details after the jump.


Oscar 0.6 Released (

Oscar is an ecommerce framework for Django designed for building domain-driven applications, this release boasts a bunch of new features and improvements.

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Why Python 2 Is The Better Language for Text and Bytes (



rabbitpy  (

A thread-safe pythonic RabbitMQ client library. It aims to provide easy and simple to use interface for interacting with RabbitMQ.


quietnet  (

This project is insanely cool. NSA got you bummed checkout this ultra frequency chat program, it may annoy your cats and dogs.


python-future  (

A easy, clean Python 2 /3 compatibility library. Use this to help ease the transition from your code from Python 2 to 3.


ec2  (

Syntactic sugar on top of boto to make working with EC2 instances and security groups a joy.


yowsup  (

Create custom whatsapp clients with the yowsup python library that have all the capabilities of the official whatsapp client.


mpld3  (

This is a minimal interactive viewer for matplotlib graphics built on D3, still in the proof of concept stage, but still worth the look at this notebook.


easyAI  (

Interested in creating AI for two player games like Tic Tac Toe, Connect 4, and  Reversi pure-Python artificial intelligence framework, here you go.


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How You Implemented Your Python Decorator is Wrong.  (

A matter of fact post about Python decorators.


An Introduction to Mocking in Python (

Mocking is a useful strategy when writing tests. In this post the author gives you an introduction to mocking a simple guide to using the Mock library.


Scaling Mercurial at Facebook (

Scaling our favorite Python version control system at Facebook.


Managing Events with Explicit Time Zones (

Dealing with user time zones in Django can be a pain, in this post the author gives a useful strategy for capturing user events with a time zone for later display.  


Must-Have Django Packages (

Over at DevCharm they have a nice wiki page with the Django packages that are must haves for any Django project.



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