I'm happy to say that I'll shortly be starting a new position as a PostgreSQL DBA and Python developer for Zoro Tools!
We software types seem to have hardware envy sometimes. We have "builds" and "engines" and "forges" and "factory functions". But as it turns out, the "Tools" in "Zoro (more...)
Are you signed up yet for Ohio LinuxFest on Sep. 13-15? I'll be there to present
IPython for non-Pythonistas
Break out of your (bash) shell! IPython and the IPython Notebook have swept over the Python programming community, but they're not just for Python programmers - they make for high-powered shell (more...)
The Midwest Python Workshop for women and their friends is back! We've got new workshops scheduled, ready to take new batches of students:
Indianapolis Python Workshop, Sep. 27-28, 2013; sponsored by Six Feet Up and hosted at Launch Fishers
Columbus Python Workshop, Oct. 18-19, 2013; sponsored by LeadingEdje (more...)
I'm available for hire! If you need a database expert with lots of programming skill, or a Python programmer with deep database experience, please check out:
Resume / portfolio
But: you must be telecommute-friendly, or in the Dayton area. I'm sorry, but I'm not available to relocate.
At Monday's after-PyOhio sprint, I changed ipython-sql from an IPython Plugin to an Extension; this makes it compatible with IPython 1.0. Fortunately, this was really easy; mostly I just deleted Plugin code I didn't understand anyway.
But I do feel like "Writing Extensions" docs are lacking a "Hello World" (more...)
Loved PyOhio once again! Thanks so much to everybody who came, participated, and made it happen! I get such a rush of joy from seeing the Ohio Union fill up with happy Pythonistas.
PyOhio has been a classic case of the Stone Soup story. When we started planning the first (more...)
Among the many great talks
coming to PyOhio at the end of this month:
The IPython Notebook Revolution Catherine Devlin If you think of IPython as simply an enhanced version of the live Python prompt, you are in need of re-education. No matter what you do with Python, applying the (more...)
If any object has a _repr_html_
method, the IPython Notebook will use it to render HTML output. It's really easy to make a simple class that permits general dynamic HTML-rich output with Markdown. Markdown is a superset of HTML, so HTML in your output string will work, too.
Thanks to Mike Wilson, ipython-sql now supports bind variables!
In : name = 'Countess'
In : %sql select description from character where charname = :name
Out: [(u'mother to Bertram',)]
When I upgraded from Xubuntu 12.10 to 13.04 today, all my existing Python virtualenvs broke! Fortunately, they're just virtualenvs and easy to replace (that's kind of the point). But don't panic if you start seeing these.
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "/home/catherine/ve/e2/bin/ipython", line 5, in
Have you responded yet to PyOhio's Call For Proposals (due date: June 1)? You should. Here's why.
Why you should speak at PyOhio We need you. We have a great group of people who contribute talks, but we don't ever want that group to become a stagnant pool - we (more...)
For my newest ipython-sql trick, I needed to compare some queries run across different databases. How hard would it be to get side-by-side results into tidy IPython Notebook output?
Not hard at all, it turns out, if you're willing to violate basic principles of human decency.
That's an itty-bitty image, (more...)
Dayton folks - are you coming to the Dayton Linux User Group's Installfest tomorrow?
The main point of our Installfests is to get everyone together for mutual help setting up and configuring computers and programs. But we like to throw in some educational talks, too, and I volunteered to give (more...)
On my morning commute today I realised that I am actually living in the future. I remember when I got involved in the PythonCard project 10 years ago one of the major questions on the mailing list was why we were building a GUI toolkit when the future was the web. It wasn’t true then but I think that it is now.
Why do I think we have moved now? It is in large part thanks to a book I have started reading called Python for Data Analysis. I have a copy of the book in ePub format and wanted (more...)
Ruby developers are a pretty spoilt bunch these days. The community has overall done a great job of rolling many of the advances in modern development practice into the tools and conventions we unconsciously put to work every day.
Now I wonder what life is like in the Python community?
Like many Rubyists, I've played around with Python and Jython on and off. But nothing serious. And although you could get into a pedantic syntax war, I suspect for the most part the Python and Ruby communities don't overlap simply because once you dive into one camp, the only real (more...)
The MySQL documentation section has always had this Topic Guides page containing links to the docs for the various MySQL Connectors -- the official database drivers for various languages and programming technologies. That is the most convenient way to get the information for each Connector in PDF form, rather than downloading the entire Ref Man PDF. For HTML, it was more of a shortcut, because