Book Review: The Definitive Guide to Jython

If you are looking for a book on Jython, this is the only book I would consider buying. I highly recommend it for any developer looking to gain the speed and ease of Python within their projects. So, go out and buy the book. Support the authors for the obvious hard work they put into making such a great book.

stanton – recording musical practice sessions

I just started work on a new Django app to allow me to define my musical practice goals, then record my sessions and the progress I make. This will eventually find its way into the Out of the Darj website so that all of the students can use it as well. The plan is to include a profile of sorts where you can define your goals and show your progress toward making your goals a reality. The project is named ‘stanton’ after the great Stanton Moore. You can find the repo here: http://github.com/markfreeman/stanton

Stepping out of your comfort zone and standing up for yourself

Looking back, I have generally been the type of person who lets people dictate to me what it is that I am going to do. I make my desires known, but don’t do anything to make it a point that my desires will be the outcome. Today I took a big step and stood up for myself. After a couple of years of being led to believe that I would finally move into a full time development position, and then being stuck in a designer/analyst position, I laid it all out on the table. I let my boss know that … Continue reading Stepping out of your comfort zone and standing up for yourself

Testing in Python – PyHam Presentation – Jan 2010

This past Thursday was the first official meeting of the Birmingham Area Python Users Group (PyHam). I volunteered to do the first presentation, which was an overview of unit testing frameworks in Python. I thought the presentation went very well. I’m very interested in testing, and know that I should be, but getting started can be the hardest part. It was very interesting to hear the take others have on the subject and to hear most everyone else admit that they feel the same way I do. The biggest lesson I took away from the meeting is to always make … Continue reading Testing in Python – PyHam Presentation – Jan 2010

PyHam meeting coming up soon

The last few weeks have been quite busy. I’ve been preparing for the first PyHam meeting, where I will be giving a presentation on common testing frameworks in Python. I have a tendency to volunteer to talk about subjects I’m interested in, but don’t know much about. This should be interesting. I’ve certainly learned quite a bit in the last couple of weeks. Our first official meeting will be next week (1/21) at Birmingham Southern College, at 6:30pm.

Announcing the formation of the PyHam, the Birmingham (AL) Python Users Group.

In an effort to better connect with other python developers I decided it would be a good idea to form a Python users group in Birmingham. There aren’t many of us, that I personally know, but hopefully this will bring everyone out. I’ve volunteered to discuss testing frameworks because I want to learn more about them. I’ve used Nose some, but no where near what I would like to know. I’ve also volunteered to discuss Django and demo the Out of the Darj website code. It’s pretty simple, but it shows how powerful and easy Django can be to use … Continue reading Announcing the formation of the PyHam, the Birmingham (AL) Python Users Group.

Initial version of pyLilyDTK is up and working

Quite a bit of work has gone into this over the weekend. The program will now read from an input file and generate a lilypond score. I’ve tested it on several 2/4 and 4/4 rhythms and it seems to do well. Special care must be taken for use of rest, ‘_’, to make it formats correctly in some rhythms. For anyone who is interested, check it out on github and leave a ticket or email me if you find bugs. Feature request are welcome!

New web server set up and running Django

I spent much of the start of my holiday weekend learning to deploy Django. I didn’t have much luck deploying to my web host, even though I have a VPS. To avoid messing up any of my other hosted domains, I had decided using FastCGI was the best option. After several hours of trying, it just wasn’t working for me. I’m sure it is something little that I had set wrong, but the frustration led me to setting up an Ubuntu Server virtual machine on one of my computers I don’t use much. I got everything installed and had no … Continue reading New web server set up and running Django