Gynvael Coldwind is a security researcher at Google, who hosts weekly livestreams about security and programming in Polish and English). As part of the streams, he gives out missions — basically, CTF-style reverse engineering tasks. Yesterday’s mission was about Elvish — I mean Paint — I mean Python programming and bytecode.
Setting up Python is usually simple, but there are some places where newcomers (and experienced users) need to be careful. What versions are there? What’s the difference between Python, CPython, Anaconda, PyPy? Those and many other questions may stump new developers, or people wanting to use Python.
A short time ago, the macOS display menu stopped working for me. It no longer had options to change mirroring settings, only supporting AirPlay. So I wrote my own, also solving some other issues.
You might get unusual errors about Unicode and inability to convert to ASCII. Programs might just crash at random. Those are often simple to fix — all you need is correct locale configuration.
On Monday, Apple announced some changes to its Mac lineup. All MacBooks (even the Air) got CPU upgrades, and the starting price of a MacBook Pro (13″, no Touch Bar) went down to US$1299. Which makes the 12-inch model effectively pointless.
A quick spec comparison reveals that the Pro comes with a much better CPU, GPU, screen, camera — the only drawback is the storage space.
To create a project that other people can use and contribute to, you need to follow a specific directory structure. Moreover, releasing a new version should be as simple and painless as possible. For my projects, I use a template that has the structure already in place, and comes with automation for almost every part of a release.
CSV is not a standard. What does that really mean for anyone using that format? The file’s recipient may be unable to read it the way you intended. Separators, decimal marks, escaping and encodings are all problems — and Excel does them all pretty badly.
Five months ago, I decided to make the switch from my trusty old desktop computer, running Arch Linux, to a MacBook Pro. I picked the 2015 13" base model with an upgraded hard drive. The device is beautiful, and just works™, which is pretty important to me.
Recently I was working on some C# and Java code. And along the way, I used Python and Vim to (re)write my code. A small Python script and a 6-keystroke Vim macro did it faster and better than a human would.
Every programmer should learn a good scripting language and use a programmable editor like Vim. Why? Here are two examples, after the break.
You’ve just written a great Python web application. Now, you want to share it with the world. In order to do that, you need a server, and some software to do that for you.
The following is a comprehensive guide on how to accomplish that, on multiple Linux-based operating systems, using nginx and uWSGI Emperor. It doesn’t force you to use any specific web framework — Flask, Django, Pyramid, Bottle will all work. Written for Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, CentOS 7 and Arch Linux (should be helpful for other systems, too). Now with an Ansible Playbook.
Revision 7c (2020-05-01): works with Ubuntu 20.04 and Fedora 32; previous Revision 7a (2020-02-03): Move virtual environment to separate venv folder to improve Python upgrades (venvs should be ephemeral); add Docker section