1. Conversions between classes in Python

    My future colleague, Bill Punch at MSU, is teaching Python to intro CS students. He asks (slightly edited):


    In C++, you can write multiple constructors, each one taking a different type and/or number of arguments. Let's say we are writing a RationalNumber class. I could write 2 constructors:

    class …
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  2. Coming up with GHOP tasks at your Python Interest Group meetings

    If anyone is having a Python Interest Group meeting this month, please consider devoting 15-30 minutes to coming up with random task ideas for the Google Highly Open Participation Contest.

    Briefly,

    • tasks must involve Python and Open Source;
    • non-core pet projects are welcome;
    • building screencasts, updating documentation, and adding unit …
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  3. Two entertaining quotes

    I'm going through some of my saved up e-mail from the last few months, and found these two gems.

    Noah Gift on grokking threads, from the testing-in-python list:

    Trying to understand what massive pools of threads that spawn other
    massive spools of threads, that spawn other massive pools of threads …
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