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News

Robert L. Cloud has started a new blog where he will document his experiments and trials with computer hardware and software. His trials primarily relate to scientific and high performance computing and and the language that he primarily uses is Python.
 
JetBrains is offering PyCharm (Python and Django IDE) personal license for half its regular price in September.
 
 
 
Articles, Tutorials and Talks

Python Fundamentals Training - Getting Started with Python Development 

These videos comes from Marakana's 4-day Python Fundamentals training course which Simeon Franklin taught at Marakana headquarters in San Francisco, CA
Heroku is majorly to Deploy Ruby, Node.js, Clojure, and Java apps. But, you can also run any type of app (like Django). This post explains how to deploy Django project on Heroku.
 
This slide deck was presented in tutorial section at PyCon India.
 
This post show how to use RunSnakeRun profile Python programs.
 
Grabbing data from YouTube with Python is really simple and you can build a ton of apps using this information.  In this article, the author shows how to make an HTTP GET request to the proper gdata URL, take the response in JSON format, decode it, and then work with it like any other Python dictionary.
 
The django-passwords application provides a PasswordField and validators for enforcing stronger passwords with a number of options. This post shows you what author did to integrate it with Django's built-in password change and reset views to nudge our users towards stronger passwords.
 
This post describes how to use Amazon's Elastic Map Reduce to easily process the million song dataset.
 
In this talk WesMcKinney demo the features of the following libraries particularly as they relate to similar tools in R, as well as speak about planned work to create an better integrated statistical computing environment in Python.
  • pandas which is a Python library providing powerful and flexible data structures (similar to R's data.frame) and accompanying tools for data wrangling, time series, input / output, and visualization. 
  • statsmodels which is a related Python project providing standard statistical and econometric models.
 
PiCloud team has been working to make PiCloud a useful utility outside of the Python ecosystem. The first feature they have to showcase this is the ability to publish a Python function to a URL. In this will give you your first taste of publishing functions on the web.
 
This talk covers the challenges of creating a production application performance monitoring system for Python. It includes an overview of the architecture of the system, as well as how it hooks into Django and captures details about web transactions, database transactions, memcache requests, exceptions and much more.
 
This post shows an example how to create an action to purge selected pages from the Varnish cache. The example shows how to purge the whole cache, but you can use regular expressions to limit the effect of the purge.
 
Sometimes you just want to write a little script using Facebook's api that updates your status, or downloads all your photos, or deletes all those empty albums you accidentally created. In order to streamline writing of one-off facebook scripts, the author created a micro api client that implements the client-side authentication flow and has a few utility functions for accessing the graph api and fql. To use this mini api client, all you have to do is put 4 lines of code at the top of your python script
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Interesting Projects, Tools and Libraries

Reddit themed real-time chats using Tornado, WebSockets, and Redis. 
 
Scales tracks server state and statistics, allowing you to see what your server is doing. It can also send metrics to Graphite for graphing or to a file for crash forensics.
 
Landslide  is a python tool for creating HTML5 slide presentations. It's based in a famous slide presentation. It generates HTML from a source file, which can be formatted using reStructuredText, Textile or Markdown.
 
Inject code into a running Python process
 
A progressbar utility for command line programs, very easy to use.
 
This tiny module is to make your comments in the source code a bit more useful, to be displayed as help messages. With the HelpMaker, once you finish writing/updating the comments, the help messages are ready. 
 
HippyBot is a Hipchat.com chatroom bot written in Python. It is technically just a Jabber/XMPP bot, but it has customised features for connecting to and working on Hipchat. HippyBot includes a simple plugin API for adding commands.
 
 
 
New Releases

Python 3.2 is a continuation of the efforts to improve and stabilize the Python 3.x line. Since the final release of Python 2.7, the 2.x line will only receive bugfixes, and new features are developed for 3.x only.
 
Wingware has released version 4.0.4 of Wing IDE, an integrated development environment designed specifically for the Python programming language.
 
Greins is a Gunicorn application which makes it easy to configure and manage any number of WSGI apps in one server daemon. It aims to simplify the process of setting up any number of system-wide Gunicorn daemons.
 
 
 
Upcoming Events and Webinars

Would you like to learn Python in a friendly environment? Join us for an Introduction to Python Workshop on September 24 to get started learning this amazingly intuitive programming language.
 
This year's theme is 'Python in depth'. We hope you will learn two or three new skills, approaches or technologies 'in depth' so they will have a real practical impact on your own projects. Sessions will include testing, a code clinic, Django, PyPy, XML, Design and Graphical Programming. 
 
Join this webinar to learn how to:
  • Get to market faster and add easily add functionality with ActivePerl and ActivePython in your software products
  • Increase customer experience and satisfaction with language distribution integration
  • Reduce QA cycles with ensured quality components
  • Eliminate legal risks when distributing Perl and Python in commercial products
 
This event will cover the following sessions
  • How to write a Twitter bot and host it on Google App Engine
  • Python Performance 101: How you can make your code run a little faster