Python is a dynamic, high-level language. Its design focuses on clear syntax, an intuitive approach to object-oriented programming, and making the right way to do things obvious. Python supports modules, exceptions, had an extensive standard module library. Python can also be embedded in other ...

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When should use of database be preferred over parsing data from a text file?

I was making a Python program to measure the growth of codereview.SE. My approach was to get the "Site stats" shown on the front page and store them on my hard drive. I plan to do this once every day. ...
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How to approach web app development?

I have been going through Flask and it seems that now I have a decent understanding to go ahead and build a web application. However I want to know how would I approach the problem. For eg: I decide ...
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Python decorators and Lisp macros

When looking Python decorators someone made the statement, that they are as powerful as Lisp macros (particularly Clojure). Looking at the examples given in PEP 318 it looks to me as if they are just ...
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Why don't Python and Ruby make a distinction between declaring and assigning a value to variables?

Two of the most popular dynamically typed scripting languages, Python and Ruby, do not make a distinction in syntax between the declaration of a variable and assignation of a value to it. That is in ...
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Python and only Python for almost any programming tasks! [closed]

Am I wrong if I think that Python is all I need to master, in order to solve most of the common programming tasks? EDIT I'm not OK with learning new programming languages if they don't teach me new ...
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C vs C++ for a Java (and possibly python) Programmer [closed]

I am a Hobbyist Java programmer and I would like to further my programming skills by learning C or C++ and Python. I have read many C vs C++ articles but none of them contain the information I'm ...
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Is circular Dependency Injection a good practice?

I'm trying the Dependency Injection pattern in some new classes, more specifically in a Transaction System and stumbled into a dilemma. I have a Person class with a create_new_transaction method, and ...
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How to convert this recursive problem to iterative? Line Simplification algorithm fails to run due to Maximum Recursion Depth being hit

I am implementing the Douglas, Peucker's Line Simplification algorithm in Python. I started with this implementation. However, it fails to run in Python due to Maximum Recursion Depth being hit. How ...
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Thinking of simultaneously coding the same project in two languages. Good Idea? [closed]

Is this a good way to learn a new language? Or to develop a preference of one language? I was thinking of coding a project in both Python and Java. The only foreseeable problem is trying to transfer ...
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Is monkeypatching considered good programming practice?

I've been under impression, that monkeypatching is more in quick and dirty hack category, rather than standard, good programming practice. While I'd used from time to time to fix minor issues with 3rd ...
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Object oriented vs vector based programming

I am torn between object oriented and vector based design. I love the abilities, structure and safety that objects give to the whole architecture. But at the same time, speed is very important to me, ...
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Legitimate cases of having .equals() behaving inconsistently with .compareTo()?

Java documentation says it's "strongly recommended" to have them behaving consistently. But are there legitimate cases of java/c#/python/etc Object.equals() method behaving inconsistently with the ...
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Why does Python need both a compiler and an interpreter?

I can understand the fact that Java needs both a compiler and an interpreter. It compiles source code to bytecode and then a virtual machine (on Windows, on Linux, on Android, etc.) translates that ...
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Why do you need “self.” in Python to refer to instance variables?

I have been programming into a number of languages like Java, Ruby, Haskell and Python. I have to switch between many languages per day due to different projects I work on. Now, the issue is I often ...
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Changing __class__ in a factory?

I'm parsing a set of XML files of different kinds (these kinds are known in advance). These are my requirements: I want an object to represent each XML document (object-xml mapping) I'd rather ...
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What are the external dependencies of a Python executable?

I guess there is a tool called Py2Exe to convert a Python application into an executable file. Since I am also using PyQt4 for GUI apps., what are the external dependencies for such an executable? ...
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Why isn't there a python compiler to native machine code?

As I understand, the cause of the speed difference between compiled languages and python is, that the first compiles code all way to the native machine's code, whereas python compiles to python ...
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How is type checked in a dynamic language interpreter/compiler, such as JavaScript?

In dynamic languages, such as JavaScript or Python, the type of a variable is determined at runtime. This is one reason why they are slower than typed languages such as Java. How is type checking ...
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How is the JVM and Java's WORA different from other high level languages?

In the Java world, we often talk about the JVM, and when Java was new it had the supposedly killer feature of "Write Once, Run Anywhere." From the way people talk and write, this seems different from ...
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Omitting inheritance in programming languages

I am developing my own programming language. It's a general purpose language (think staticlly typed Python for the desktop, i.e. int x = 1; ) not intended for the cloud. Do you think it's okay not ...
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When profiling a function for time use, what information is desirable?

I'm writing a program similar to Python's timeit module. The idea is to time a function by executing it anywhere from 10 to 100,000 times depending on how long it takes and then report results. I've ...
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Every function is a closure?

Wikipedia says, that closure - is a function, which has an access to variables, declared outside of the function. There is even an example: function startAt(x) function incrementBy(y) ...
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Python threading vs. multiprocessing: Should I learn one before the other?

I'm looking to dive into multithreading or multiprocessing in Python. Question: should I be learning one before the other (for any reason)? If so, which one and why? I've read the pro's and con's in ...
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Microservices and shared libraries

We are designing a system based on independent microservices (connected via a RabbitMq bus). The code will (for the first components at least) be written in python (both python2 and python3). We have ...
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One boilerplate class or many similar classes?

Lets say I'm trying to model a variety of objects that are virtually identical, the only difference being their class variables. Am I better off creating one boilerplate class and just calling the ...
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What was the need of introducing Python 3 when we already had Python 2 [duplicate]

I am still learning python and I started with Python 3. This question not Python 2 vs 3 or difference between them like print() is a function and not language construct and 3/2 = 1.5 My question is ...
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Exception handling in Python - Am I doing this wrong (and why?)

I've read many questions and articles on exception handling in Python (and in general), but I still think that it's the most confusing thing ever. I ended up doing something like this: # error class ...
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Is it good programming practice to create files with no extension? [closed]

I often store data in external files when Python coding. Should I always save them with an extension - i.e. .txt? Is there any reason not to (other than saving bytes) to not give the extension? I ...
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Nested functions; allow or not? [closed]

Having programmed a whole lot in python, using nested functions is a good way to not clutter the namespace with small helper functions that are only used once. Now I'm programming in go, and upon ...
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python login form vulnerability?

<HTML> <HEAD><TITLE>Login Page</TITLE></HEAD> <BODY> <CENTER> <FORM method="POST" action="http://yourserver/cgi-bin/login.py"> <paragraph> Enter ...