Archives of Python

New Python tutorials at ShowMeDo using Learning Paths

The latest development at ShowMeDo is a new learning system called Learning Paths.  The Paths are ordered collections of videos and series where individual items are pulled together to make a journey (a ‘learning trajectory’) for the learner to achieve one particular goal. The Path also allow for dependencies so ‘Fully worked Python Projects’ depends […]

Adding PIL (Python Imaging Library) to Mac OS X

I continue my newbie MacBook exploits, currently I’m enjoying the fragmented installation process on a Mac…why is it harder to get stuff installed than on both Ubuntu (lovely apt-get!) and Windows? Installing the Python Imaging Library takes a couple of steps.  There is a 3rd party installer but it assumes you’ve installed their base Python2.5 […]

ShowMeDo server move + Python 3 videos

We’ve spent the last few weeks migrating ShowMeDo to its own server after 3 years operating out of a shared box.  Moving the site was a pain as I’m not a low-level Apache hacker but all in everything seems fine now and we have extra capacity to grow. Kyran has skinned the blog so it […]

Screencast Interviews with Open-Source teachers

Recently I’ve interviewed four experienced open-source screencasters, three from ShowMeDo (all of which are Pythonistas) and Remy, a Brighton local, who teaches jQuery to designers: Horst Jens of ShowMeDo (Linux) Gasto of ShowMeDo (Windows) Lucas Holland of ShowMeDo (Mac) Remy Sharp of jQueryForDesigners (Mac) Each screencaster uses different techniques and platforms and all have learned […]

Brighton Python meetup – Weds 18th Feb, Farm Tavern (near Hove)

We’re having the 3rd in our intermittent series of Brighton Python meetups, next week we join 40+ local geek freelancers of Brighton Farm to help them celebrate their 6th anniversary. Please come along on Wednesday 18th Feb at the Farm Tavern for Python discussion, celebrating our new mail list and the odd beer or three.  […]

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 […]