Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Oldest Flame War

At least, if it's not, it's certainly the most well known: vi vs emacs. I'm not here to say one is better than the other, only to say why I finally wound up switching.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

On The Choice of IDE For Python

Everybody has their own preferred environment for writing code. Some prefer Eclipse, others Emacs, and still others just plain old vi or notepad.

For each of us, we find ourselves looking at our tools from time to time, wondering how we can use them more effectively. When I made the switch to Python as my primary choice of programming language, the question came up for me: Is there a better way to write and debug my code?

Monday, September 28, 2009

Mercurial, Subversion, and virtualenv

I do enjoy using Mercurial. My only complaint has been when using it inside of a virtualenv, and using the hgsubversion extension. Every single command I ran, I would get this message:

*** failed to import extension hgext.subversion from ~/dvcs/hgsubversion/hgsubversion: No module named svn

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Cleaning Up After The Doc Sprint

So, we had our doc sprint over the weekend, and I feel I should post my thoughts on the process.

Friday, September 25, 2009

wxPython in a virtualenv

virtualenv is an absolutely wonderful tool. I use it every day in so many ways, and enjoy the freedom it gives to experiment with anything. Found a new tool, and want to try it out, but don't want to screw up your system's Python libraries? Try it out in a virtualenv!

Unfortunately, getting wxPython in a virtualenv is a painful process, and definitely takes some work. Here's the steps to do so:

Version Control Systems

As developers, we all love and hate the various version control systems out there. RCS, CVS, Subversion, Perforce, CMVC, Visual Source Safe, Clear Case Mercurial, Git, Darcs, Bazaar, the list goes on and on.

Each of them has their own set of strengths and weaknesses. I won't go over all of them here, as that topic can easily become a book, and whatever weaknesses I point out will have someone else point out that I obviously just don't know how to use the tool properly. I will discuss one of them, though, and that's Mercurial.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Updates On The TurboGears Doc Sprint

These are some pretty minor updates, but I want to take a few minutes to convey these pieces to everybody.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

But Why Python? Why Not Perl?

I enjoy using Python. It's clean, it's simple, it's readable. Even truly bizarre stuff manages to maintain some level of readability, at least for me. This doesn't change the fact that so many people, on hearing me say that I enjoy Python, make the statement "But why? I mean... it's Python, for god's sake!"

Monday, September 21, 2009

TurboGears Doc Sprint

One item I've not spoken about before now (mainly because I've not had the time, the blog is still new) is that I use TurboGears, and enjoy it. It makes web development into something that is actually a pleasant task.

I'm working on the documentation for the next release, and we have a lot to do. As of last count, 194 items on our todo list, ranging from defining terms all the way up to writing a whole new tutorial from scratch about something new that's going into the next release.

As such, we need help to get the list done. This weekend, Sept 25 through Sept 27, we are holding a doc sprint. We're gathering up everybody we can to make these todo items go away.

Stop by on IRC, check out the current docs, check out the steps for getting everything set up (which gets rid of every warning, even) and lend a hand. We could use every extra paragraph!

Thursday, September 17, 2009


That's right, another blog from another developer. This particular developer happens to be a Pythonista working on the TurboGears project (amongst far too many others).

I've dealt with (in varying degrees), CVS, Subversion, Mercurial, Make, C, C++, Perl, PHP, Python, Java, HTML, CSS... the list goes on and on, as it does for so many of us.

We each have our own views on all of these technologies, how to use them, what makes them wonderful, and what makes them awful.

Welcome to mine.