PyMOTW: StringIO and cStringIO

The StringIO class provides a convenient means of working with text in-memory using the file API (read, write. etc.). There are 2 separate implementations. The cStringIO module is written in C for speed, while the StringIO module is written in Python for portability. Using cStringIO to build large strings can offer performance savings over some other string conctatenation techniques. Read more at StringIO

PyMOTW: Queue

The Queue module provides a FIFO implementation suitable for multi-threaded programming. It can be used to pass messages or other data between producer and consumer threads safely. Locking is handled for the caller, so it is simple to have as many threads as you want working with the same Queue instance. A Queue’s size (number of elements) may be restricted to throttle memory usage or processing. Read more at Queue

No title [432]

This is a test from google docs. My friend Luis sent me a link to “Why I Switched from OpenOffice to Google Docs”, which happened to mention that it supports “publishing”, so I wanted to give it a try.

PyMOTW: ConfigParser

The ConfigParser module is very useful for creating user-editable configuration files for your applications. The configuration files are broken up into sections, and each section can contain name-value pairs for configuration data. Value interpolation using Python formatting strings is also supported, to build values which depend on one another (this is especially handy for paths or URLs). Read more at ConfigParser

PyMOTW: Call for input

Tomorrow’s post will cover the ConfigParser module. Beyond that, I have a few more weeks planned out, and am looking for suggestions for which modules to cover next. If you were stranded on a desert island, which standard library module would you want, and why?

Testing pygments

This is a test post to see experiment with the code hightlighting output from (as recommended by a couple of commenters on my previous post). Pygments produces HTML with CSS-based styling, so I have added a bunch of new styles to my blogger template. And I am including as a sample the same Python code posted earlier with the alternative syntax highlighting tool. def main(self, *m3ufilenames): self.startRSS() self.generateChannelInfo() for line in fileinput.

Missing the point

This is a perfect example of being too close to a problem. Some users of the FlipStart compact PC were having trouble pressing the tiny keys for Ctrl-Alt-Del to login or reboot Windows. Unfortunately, the hardware vendor decided that instead of fixing the operating system so it wasn’t necessary to press Ctrl-Alt-Del on the tiny keyboard, they would just add a special Ctrl-Alt-Del button. Go figure.

Converting Python source to HTML

For my PyMOTW series, I have found that I want to convert a lot of python source code to HTML. In a perfect world it would be easy for me to produce pretty XML/HTML and use CSS, but it is not obvious how to use CSS from Blogger. Instead, I am using a CLI app based on this ASPN recipe which produces HTML snippets that I can paste directly into a new blog post.

PyMOTW: fileinput

To start this series, let’s take a look at the fileinput module, a very useful module for creating command line programs for processing text files in a filter-ish manner. For example, the m3utorss app I recently wrote for my friend Patrick to convert some of his demo recordings into a podcastable format. Read more at fileinput

PyMOTW: Python Module of the Week

I am starting a new series of posts today that I am calling “Python Module of the Week” (PyMOTW). I have two goals for this: to work my way though the standard library and learn something about each module to get into the habit of posting to the blog more regularly I will cheat a little, and start out with some modules that I already know something about. Hopefully that will give me enough of a head-start that I can keep up a fairly regular flow.