Category: programming

  • Programming Update: Nov 2022

    November was not a huge programming month for me. On the weekends I was a little more focused with family stuff and videogames. But I did manage work on a couple projects. Ever since 2010, I’ve been been using Python to automatically post my top 3 artists to Twitter. In 2020, it even became my […]

  • Review: Data Visualization with Python and JavaScript: Scrape, Clean, Explore & Transform Your Data

    Data Visualization with Python and JavaScript: Scrape, Clean, Explore & Transform Your Data by Kyran Dale My rating: 4 of 5 stars While a book about web technologies is undoubtablely going to get out of date (especially when Javascript is involved), I would definitely recommend this book if you want to do some data visualization […]

  • Review: Flask Web Development: Developing Web Applications with Python

    Flask Web Development: Developing Web Applications with Python by Miguel Grinberg My rating: 5 of 5 stars I read the second edition of the book I’ve read lots of books covering web frameworks or GUI programming (both involve UI design and a different workflow where you’re often waiting for user input), but this one is […]

  • Programming Update: October 2022

    As October came around, it was time to get ready for Hacktoberfest. I’ve been participating for the past few years and I love the fact that DigitalOcean supports this project which gets more people to contribute to free and open source software.  In the past, I’ve often contributed to my Extra Life Donation Tracker. Since […]

  • Programming Update: Sept 2022

    This month I wanted to practice Go outside of Advent of Code puzzles. So I decided I would port over my Dreamhost DNS updating script from Python to Go. This would have the advantage of being a compiled program. Every time I update Python on my system, the virtual environment points to the wrong Python […]

  • Programming Update: Aug

    August was a programming-filled month for me. It focused entirely on Python and I mostly continued working on established projects. Let’s jump in! Amortization I wanted to re-calculate the amortization table for my home loan for the first time in about a year. As a refresher, I created this program (vs using Excel or an […]

  • Course Review: Modern APIs with FastAPI, MongoDB and Python

    I’ve attended a few of Michael Kennedy’s Python courses over at TalkPython.fm. He’s a great instructor and he really knows his Python. (As well he should, as host of Talk Python and co-host of Python Bytes) His usual courses at Talk Python are pre-recorded and I believe this was Michael’s first time doing an online […]

  • Programming Update May-July 2022

    I started working my way back towards spending more time programming as the summer started (in between getting re-addicted to CDProjektRed’s Gwent).  I started off by working on my btrfs snapshot program, Snap in Time. I finally added in the ability for the remote culling to take place. (My backup directories had started getting a […]

  • Programming Update: March/April

    In March I went back to Advent of Code 2016. In an effort not to get stuck, I decided to go as far as I can in Python before going back around and working on the other languages. So I did days 6 and 7 in Python. Overall, relatively easy Regex problems. And that’s it. […]

  • Programming Update: January/February 2022

    I started off the year not expecting to do much programming. Compared to some months in 2021, I barely programmed, but I did end up programming much more than I expected. Let’s take a look at what I worked on in the first sixth of the year. Python Programs End of Year Video Games Helper […]

  • Best thing I’ve ever learned from @PythonBytes

    I’ve learned a lot of great tips and about a lot of awesome packages (hello, rich), but the best thing I’ve ever learned isn’t even Python specific. The most recent episode mentioned https://regex101.com and I don’t think I’ll ever again find myself banging my head against the wall when my regex isn’t working! Thanks @mkennedy […]

  • Software I used for Programming in 2021

    Overall, there was a continuation of trends from last year with just a few changes. Python Pycharm PyCharm has continued to be my IDE of choice for Python programming. The devs haven’t been resting on their laurels, either. Recently they added some extra features to support FastAPI. And they also added some features that I […]

  • My Programming Projects and Progress in 2021

    As I did last year, I’d like to take a look at how well my predictions matched up to what ended up happening: Working on my Extra Life Donation Tracker: Yes! I made a bunch of releases last year to fix various bugs for my users. I also finally broke out the Donor Drive Code […]

  • Programming Update: November/December 2021

    In these last two months of the year I only worked on Advent of Code.  November In November I worked through part of the 2016 problem set. I didn’t get too far because of how many languages I was doing at this point. Eventually I decided to allow myself to get a bit further in […]

  • Programming Update: September / October 2021

    Across both September and October I got a decent amount of programming done. I just about finished the Learn You Haskell for Great Good book (got up to just before Monads) and started Head First Go. Once I had enough Go language to get started on AoC, I knew I’d be ready for the 2016 […]