I put MyPlaces live on Internet for a pilot run – it’s a new project of mine, I’ve been playing with it in spare time for last few months. Live site is at http://myplaces.zderadicka.eu. Continue reading MyPlaces are live!
Some time ago I was looking for an algorithms that can generate a ‘map like’ like pictures – e.g. tessellation of a plane into set of more or less random polygons. I found Voronoi diagrams – which give very nice pictures and have many useful properties.
Most common case of Voronoi diagram is known in an Euclidean plane, where we have a set of points (call seeds) then Voronoi diagram splits the plane into areas – called Voronoi cells – around each seed, where inside each area any point is closer to that seed then to any other. Areas are then convex polygons (for Euclidean metric). This definition is best illustrated on the picture below – the Voronoi diagram for 100 random points in range 0-100 – Voronoi cells are marked by red lines, blue points are seeds:
As Python is a dynamic language it offers many possibilities how to manipulate object instances during runtime. We may for instance inject methods from another class, achieving similar results as if this instance has this calls as a mix-in super class. This approach could be useful to hack some existing libraries with extra functionality, in case we have to work with created instances.
This function will inject methods from
instance assuring that method is properly bound to the instance.
def mixin(instance, mixin_class):
"""Dynamic mixin of methods into instance - works only for new style classes"""
for name in mixin_class.__dict__:
if name.startswith('__') and name.endswith('__') \
or not type(mixin_class.__dict__[name])==types.FunctionType:
Django framework provides integrated tests runner, which can be started by
./manage/py test (see docs for more details, key advantage of this runner is that it’ll create new empty database for tests, so they do not interfere with each other or your development instance). This tests runner runs unit tests from
models.py modules in active projects. However in larger projects we would like to have other organization of tests code – have for instance special test package within project that contains many testing modules, each focused on particular aspect of the application. Continue reading Django tests auto-discover
Some types of web applications require to start long running tasks – like import of file, compilation etc., but user still needs to have real time updates about progress of the task, eventually some error messages, warnings from the task (cannot import particular line, compilation error). There are existing robust solutions like Celery, but it is aways fun to reinvent the wheel In this case we focus on simple solution, without need for request broker in middle, which enables immediate/ real time updates on running tasks to client browser.
For our solution we will use two cool technologies/libraries web sockets and zeromq library. Continue reading Long Running Taks in Web App/Django
Recently I’ve updated TheTool to support also AppIndicator3 interface so it can show icon in Unity panel. Although the documentation is not saying it, you can use absolute path to PNG image as icon-name ( apart of stock icon name). I was trying to add application specific stock icons, but is somehow did not work well (only possibility is to use
xdg-icon-resource install --novendor --size 32 picture.png icon-name, but python code for creating application specific icons with Gtk.IconFactory was not working for me – see this post on stackoverflow). Continue reading AppIndicator3 – how to use custom icons
Almost all APEX applications I’ve been working with recently are used across multiple timezones, where many timezones uses DST (Daylight Saving Time) – that is basically almost all Europe and North America. The natural requirement is that users can see date+time information in their timezone time, reflecting if DST is active or not. Timezones and time conversions are always bit of mess and APEX is not supporting this completely out of box, but with small effort we can make our applications really global. Continue reading Timezones and DST in Oracle APEX
However there are some functionalities, that are not available in SDK and then more effort is needed and XPCOM components have to be used via their JS interfaces. This requires bit more research, so I’d like to share one useful snippet of code – how to save string to file, which user has chosen via standard file picker dialogue: Continue reading Writing to file in Firefox Extension