Tightening Up Python

I’ve heard complaints from certain developers that Python is too “scruffy”, and while it’s true that Python’s low barrier to entry allows new coders to quickly write code that runs, but because of its lack of type checking the results at run time might be unexpected causing errors to be revealed too ...

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Building Debian Packages with Python (UPDS Part I.V)

I use DPKGs for all my deployments, and have tried a number of tools to build them. None have been perfect though, so what’s the best solution? Build my own, of course! TL;DR: I wrote a native Python (OS-independent) package to build Debian Packages: deb‑constrictor.

Alternatives

I’ve tried a few ways ...

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Fixing Adsense Not Displaying (In Wordpress)

Recently a client was having issues with Adsense units not displaying on their WordPress blog. All the usual troubleshooting steps didn’t reveal anything, and the problem was made even more confusing by the fact that ads would display in the sidebar, while the exact same ad unit in the content section wouldn’t show ...

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My Favourite WWDC 2015 Talks

WWDC 2015 was last week, and once again was jam-packed with awesome talks. Below are some of my favourite. While all of them are iOS/OS X/Swift focused, I generally prefer videos that present concepts as well as code, so you can learn something even if you’re not in that ecosystem, and hopefully apply ...

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The Ultimate Python Deployment System I

I don’t release stuff as often as I should. Because it’s a pain to configure new applications and get them installed where you want them. I want a tool that:

  • Will automatically install dependencies
  • Handles version incrementing without being tied to source control (i.e. the current version is stored in a file ...

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First Impressions of Swift

I've been playing with Swift, Apple's replacement for Objective-C, for a couple of weeks now. I've been writing Objective-C with Cocoa since around 2002 (I still have the first edition of O'reilly's Learning Cocoa, published way back in May 2001) and have seen a lot of changes. From manual retain ...

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Python Is Slow, Make It Faster With C

This is a companion blog post to my talk at Kiwi Pycon 2014 (surprisingly, the title of my talk is also Python is slow, make it faster with C). The point of the talk was not so much “Here is a Python project and these are the changes I made to turn it into C ...

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Help, I've been a-salt-ed!

I love to start posts with a terrible pun. I also love Salt. If you’re not familiar with Salt, it’s a tool for managing servers, similar to the likes of Puppet and Chef. They all claim to be great for taking control of an army of machines, but for my purposes I just ...

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Better Unit Tests with Nose

Unit testing! We all love it, and we all do it, right? Of course we do. But wouldn't it be much more satisfying if we could write tests more easily, quickly see what code still needs testing, and keep a record of these tests? Using nose to run your Python tests helps with all ...

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Faster SQLAlchemy with Memcached

SQLAlchemy provides a great Pythonic way of interacting with SQL, however it does introduce some overheads which can slow down your application, especially if you're used to the speed of raw SQL. Read on to see how I was able to combine SQLAlchemy and Memcached to retrieve up-to-date results quickly.

Background

Very shortly I ...

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