Python Magazine for November 2008 is released

The November 2008 issue of Python Magazine is available for download now.

The cover story this month is Building E-commerce on Plone with GetPaid by Horacio Durán. He walks through several scenarios for configuring different types of sites that need to accept payments, from charity donations to shipping physical goods.

Gloria Jacobs’ article, An Introduction to SQLAlchemy, uses a straightforward intranet application to illustrate the power and portability of SQLAlchemy.

Pablo Troncoso uses some novel techniques to interpret MP3 ID3 tags in A Grammar-Based Approach for Decoding Binary Streams.

And Matt Willson gives us several Clever Uses for Metaclasses.

In his regular column, Mark Mruss talks about the occasionally contentious subject of using “slots” in Python classes. He shows how to use them and covers the pros and cons to help you decide when they might be useful in your own applications.

Rick Harding continues his bzr tutorial series by showing how to use different workflows, depending on the style of development that makes you most comfortable.

Steve Holden talks about ways you can contribute to Python, including being active in the PyCon organization process and helping with the language itself.

And I take a look back at the growth of the magazine over the last year, since Python Magazine is now officially one year old!