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Make code easier to read with explicitly named parameters in Python 3

One of the (few!) frustrating things I find when I’m either reading my own or someone else’s Python code is when I come across a function call like this(1): Arrrgh! Unless you are sufficiently up to speed with the function… Continue Reading →

Restoring tables to multiple columns after paste from PDF dumps into one column

During a recent project I had to take a number of tables from a PDF into a spreadsheet. PDFs are great for viewing but with tables they don’t always preserve the structure. Unfortunately my spreadsheet software could not split the… Continue Reading →

5. Use a version control system (Python: beginner to pro in five steps)

Top five things to improve your coding (in no particular order): 1. Document your code (automatically) 2. Write Object Oriented code 3. Get acquainted with useful packages 4. Write tests for your code 5. Use a version control system (This… Continue Reading →

How to Deploy Multiple WordPress Sites Using Virtualmin and Ansible on Ubuntu 16

Digital Ocean and Vultr and other VPS providers have an ability to create a snapshot of a server to be reused, and easily spin up a server with your particular configuration – however that locks you in to their platform…. Continue Reading →

4. Write tests for your code (Python: beginner to pro in five steps)

Top five things to improve your coding (in no particular order): 1. Document your code (automatically) 2. Write Object Oriented code 3. Get acquainted with useful packages 4. Write tests for your code (This post) 5. Use a version control… Continue Reading →

Contributing to an Open Source Python project

A few weeks ago I wrote an Ansible module for Fly. To give you some background, Fly is an application delivery network which I mainly use for auto provisioning SSL certificates for static websites, and Ansible is an open source… Continue Reading →

3. Get acquainted with useful packages (Python: beginner to pro in five steps)

Top five things to improve your coding (in no particular order): 1. Document your code (automatically) 2. Write Object Oriented code 3. Get acquainted with useful packages (This post) 4. Write tests for your code 5. Use a version control… Continue Reading →

2. Write Object Oriented Code (Python: beginner to pro in five steps)

Top five things to improve your coding (in no particular order): 1. Document your code (automatically) 2. Write Object Oriented code (This post) 3. Get acquainted with useful packages 4. Write tests for your code 5. Use a version control… Continue Reading →

Automating Global HTTPS Deployment using Fly’s API and Ansible

When it comes to deployment, Ansible is fast becoming the tool of choice for many DevOps engineers. When I discovered the benefits of using Fly – especially for HTTPS – I thought it would be a really useful to automate… Continue Reading →

Dolly Build Notes (Prusa i3 Mk2 clone 3D printer)

I’ve just finished building my first 3D printer and have made some first steps in tuning it. I won’t go over all the steps as there are many great resources online. I chose to make a Prusa i3 Mk2 as… Continue Reading →

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