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Mining Python Software

Mining python-software-pyconuk13 from Sarah Mount

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Automate, automate, automate

I’ve recently been working on a new Python project, which started off as a bit of an experiment at the recent PyPy London Sprint. Working on a brand new repository is always nice, a blank slate and a chance to … Continue reading

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#efdhack2012 26th May 2012

This one’s a little different. Python West Midlands is hosting a hackday to kick off a new open source project for a very interesting little charity called Evidence for Development(EfD). EfD wants to help people make better decisions about aid pro… Continue reading

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The great Christmas email experiment of 2011-12

This year I took pretty much all the holiday time I could over Christmas, probably for the first time ever. As an experiment, I let all the emails I received over this period accumulate in my Inobx, with the exception of things like posts to maili… Continue reading

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What errors does my Python module define and raise?

On StackOverflow someone asked a while ago whether you can find out what errors a module defines and throws. In Python, a function does not declare that it throws a particular error object, so you need to look inside the module to see what excepti… Continue reading

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First Pachube Hackathon #pachubehack

The start of April saw the first Pachube (pronounced “Patch Bay”) hackathon in London, Lancaster, New York, Eindoven, Linz and Zurich. Pachube is doing some very interesting and innovative work quite closely aligned to some of the Internet of Thin… Continue reading

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Why I will not be on strike with @UCU today #ucustrike

Today, the University and College union UCU are holding a strike relating to pensions and pay. If you want to read a good exposition of why lecturers and support staff have voted for this, Phil Wadler has written an excellent piece and UCU have an… Continue reading

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Adding a minimal online interface to an imified.com chatbot

Recently, the people who brought you the excellent imified service, for creating IM bots, brought out phono, a simple JQuery interface to phone and IM services. Using Phono, you can create a simple front-end to an IMIFIED bot. The following code d… Continue reading

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python-csp Europython round-up

Europython was excellent this year and while the range of talks was very wide, the main themes seemed to be web scripting and web applications, virtual machines and concurrency. Russel Winder gave a keynote on the future of multicore computers and… Continue reading

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UNIX one-liner to convert .dia files in batch-mode

UNIX one-liner to convert .dia files to PNG (e.g. when switching from LaTeX to pdflatex): for f in *.dia ; do dia $f -e “${f/.dia/.png}” ; done Continue reading

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