Archives of Python

Review: Expert Python Programming by Packt (2008)

Before Christmas I was asked if I’d like to review Packt’s new Expert Python Programming (at Packt). I’ve always recommended Beginning Python – From Novice to Professional to Python first-timers (new 2nd ed) along with Python in a Nutshell for those who want a thorough reference guide. I sat on the review for a while […]

Making Python math 196* faster with shedskin

Dr. Michael Thomas approached me with an interesting A.I. job to see if we could speed up his neural network code from a 10 year old research platform called PlaNet. Using new Sun boxes they weren’t getting the speed-ups they expected, old libs or other monkey business were suspected. As a first investigation I took […]

Brighton Python Meet, Weds Oct 29th

We’re having our second Brighton Python (Upcoming) meetup next week on Weds Oct 29th at The Hampton Arms (gmap), a 15 min walk from Brighton station.  The pub is 5 minutes from the Churchill shopping Centre and the clocktower off of Western Road (the main shopping road that runs parallel to the sea front). This […]

Brighton Python Meetup (Oct 29th)

John and I are organising another Brighton Python meet for the evening of Wednesday Oct 29th (Upcoming for details). [photo by southtyrolean] We threw one months back along with Paul Silver’s The Farm freelancers, we filled the The Hampton Arms with close to 60 geeks IIRC.  The pub is a 15 minute walk from Brighton […]

PyCon UK 2008 Write-up

We’re heading towards the end of the afternoon from a great weekend’s worth of PyCon, Right now Ted Leung is giving the key-note on Dynamic Languages.  JavaScript’s acceptance and speed improvements is being high-lighted, Ted seems to have some worries about JavaScript’s continual growth. Yesterday we had Mark Shuttleworth‘s key-note on how he wanted to […]

Next £5 App meet, Brighton, Thurs 18th Sept

Our next £5 App meet is coming up on Thursday 18th Sept (not Tues!), this time we have 20 minute presentations for: Chumby+Python hacking by John ‘Groundbreaking movie production’ with ASwarmOfAngels by Matt Arduino for physics display hacking by Seb Locomatrix GPS Gaming by Richard “How not to launch a web app” by Dan on […]

Learning Python via ShowMeDo

Every now and again it is useful to look back at what’s been achieved – ShowMeDo started three years ago and we considered ourselves lucky if 1 Python video was contributed a month.  Now we get several whole series each month!  Often each series is information-laden and created by a competent screencaster.  Viewers learn very […]

£5 App Write-up (6 demos at our Demo Camp)

What a fab night!  I counted 46 people which makes this possibly the largest event we’ve thrown – thanks to all for attending.  Sponsored beer, live Qik video, 6 great talks and lively post-event pub conversation – who could ask for a better evening?  Josh made this rather excellent panoramic view of us all: Each […]

TurboGears caching decorator released (thanks John!)

John has just published his TurboGears Caching Decorator.  We’ve been using it on ShowMeDo for the last 6 weeks – our cpu usage dropped from 60%+ on our shared box down to <30%. Currently we cache the main pages for 1 hour, these ought to be extended to ‘forever’ since I have a good cache-expire […]

Python Demos in Brighton @ £5 App Demo Camp

On the evening of Tuesday July 8th (upcoming) we’re having a Demo Camp in Brighton as the new format for our regular £5 App hack/story evenings.  Everyone is welcome, we normally have 20-40 people, London Python folk are especially welcome. The current 6 talks (2 for Python – woot!) are: ‘Google Maps + GPS + […]