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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scons and python unit tests best practices

I am using scons to build a large project containing a mix of C++ and Python. I would like scons to run Python unit tests either using nose or not. Currently, we have a long list of tests files and ...
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Measuring performance of a network simulator?

I have written a python program to test a new network routing algorithm, that uses a Content Centric Network Approach for handling requests (CCN), where the CCN router keeps 3 data structures: A ...
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Using class like an object in Python

I am learning from Learn Python the hard way where I have come across a study drill where they want to know that whether a class can be used like an object. As I have experimented: class A(object): ...
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How would I change the precision of a variable in Python?

I'm working on a 2D-physics engine, and I need a certain variable to be precise only to the hundredths. Are there any methods for basically shaving off all of that unneeded precision? I have tried ...
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API providing function to be run in a thread vs. thread that runs this function

I'm writing a Python library which exposes a certain event listener interface. The user can register callbacks to handle different types of events. There is also a function which handles the actual ...
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Object identification in Python

In learning Python, I found that when two "names" (or "variables") are assigned to the same value, both of them point to the same memory address. For example >>> a = 10 >>> b = 10 ...
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How to avoid Memory Error

I am working with quite large files (pytables) and I am having problems with the Memory Error when I try to load the data for processing. I would like some tips about how to avoid this in my python ...
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Should I stick with or abandon Python to deal with concurrency?

I have a 10K LOC project written in Django with quite a deal of Celery (RabbitMQ) for asynchronicity and background jobs where needed, and have come to the conclusion that parts of the system would ...
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Random forest ML algorithm suitable for use on cluster based HPC?

I need help in identifying a better algorithm. I have developed a script using pythons scipy package to analyse a rather large model that I wish to solve. The model contains over 12GB of data ...
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Is the tool pywebsocket suited for production? [closed]

Is it a good idea to use pywebsocket in a production environment, since it is so widely used, but their google developer page states "pywebsocket is intended for testing or experimental purposes". ...
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Minima of a convex list using binary search [closed]

A list is strictly convex if its elements first decrease then increase. How can I write a function in python that accepts a convex list and returns its minima in time complexity O(log(n)), n being the ...
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Multiple sites with the same codebase in Python

I am trying to run a large amount of sites which share about 90% of their code. They are simply designed to query an API and return the results. They will have a common userbase / database but will be ...
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Extending user registration in Django site that uses both site admin tables and my own module?

I'm writing a Django site that registers a particular type of user and this is done by the resources that come with the framework, the site administration. The issue: I'd like to create a new model ...
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Is it possible to have a mutable type that is not garbage collected?

I'm wondering if such a thing can exist. Can there be an object that is mutable but not flagged as garbage collected ( specifically, tp_flags & Py_TPFLAGS_HAVE_GC ) I have a C++ struct-like ...
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Multiple attribution in Python, JS, …?

I accidentally discovered this a=b=c=d=e=f=2 in python(2.7)(and JavaScript a few minutes later) interpreter . Is this a feature or just the way the interpreter works, if is a feature how it is ...
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Are small amounts of functional programming understandable by non-FP people?

Case: I'm working at a company, writing an application in Python that is handling a lot of data in arrays. I'm the only developer of this program at the moment, but it will probably be ...
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Is it recommended to use more than one language at a startup? [closed]

I work for a mobile startup where, for historical reasons, our chosen language was C#. I was recently assigned to a small project to build a tool that would be used by us internally. When I explained ...
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Single python file distribution: module or package?

Suppose I have a useful python function or class (or whatever) called useful_thing which exists in a single file. There are essentialy two ways to organize the source tree. The first way uses a single ...
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Converting large files in python

I have a few files that are ~64GB in size that I think I would like to convert to hdf5 format. I was wondering what the best approach for doing so would be? Reading line-by-line seems to take more ...
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Sprite Sheets in PyGame?

So, I've been doing some googling, and haven't found a good solution to my problem. My problem is that I'm using PyGame, and I want to use a Sprite Sheet for my player. This is all well and good, and ...
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Algorithm for flattening overlapping ranges

I am looking for a nice way of flattening (splitting) a list of potentially-overlapping numeric ranges. The problem is very similar to that of this question: Fastest way to split overlapping date ...
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Concrete examples of Python's “only one way to do it” maxim

I am learning Python and am intrigued by the following point in PEP 20 The Zen of Python: There should be one-- and preferably only one --obvious way to do it. Although that way may not be ...
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Storing primary keys of objects in Redis and then querying them in Postgres through Django

This is probably my second time posting in programmers. I'm usually on stackoverflow but this question is more fit for the community here. All suggestions, advice and insight on this matter is ...
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Architecting Python application consisting of many small scripts

I am building an application which, at the moment, consists of many small Python scripts. Each Python script processes items from one Amazon SQS queue. Emails come into an initial queue and are ...
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Refactoring a 1500 LOC method that only builds the graphical UI [closed]

I'm currently scratching my head over how to refactor a method that basically only builds the UI. The method is more than 1500 lines of code (LOC) long - and counting. It has grown, there was no plan ...
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DDD - Domain Driven Design, which development order should be applied?

1 - Design my entities, ie (in python): class Account: def __init__(name, author): self.name = name self.email = email 2 - Design my repositories: (as interface) class ...
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Where to implement thread-safety logic for my queue data structure?

I will immediately confess that I do very little multithreading, so questions of style and organization in this domain a little fresh to me. I've written a data structure (in Python, if that matters) ...
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How to write a good mock for testing

I code in Python and I'm starting to use the Mock library. Although I've read through all of the documentation, something that I'm finding hard to understand is 'What makes a good mock'. For ...
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Why do concurrent languages tend to have more complicated syntax?

This is a question that's been on my mind for a while. Recently I've been checking out concurrent languages like Haskell or Go or Erlang. From my point of view, they have huge benefit in performance ...
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How does key-based caching work?

I recently read an article on the 37Signals blog and I'm left wondering how it is that they get the cache key. It's all well and good having a cache key that includes the object's timestamp (this ...
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Why store a function inside a python dictionary?

I'm a python beginner, and I just learned a technique involving dictionaries and functions. The syntax is easy and it seems like a trivial thing, but my python senses are tingling. Something tells me ...
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Search substring using suffix array (and LCP)

I'm searching for a best way to improve suffix array run time using LCP. My text (about 2 500 000 chars) seems like: 0ricco0eric0america0polo0.... My thoughs: SA=suffixArray char=firstChar(input) s ...
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Why is Python used for high-performance/scientific computing (but Ruby isn't)?

There's a quote from a PyCon 2011 talk that goes: At least in our shop (Argonne National Laboratory) we have three accepted languages for scientific computing. In this order they are C/C++, ...
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“Saving method name in a variable: Python”, How does this code works? [closed]

I am trying to make sense of the following code snipet: factor = misc.kkt_chol2(G, dims, A) .... .... factor(W, P) How the parameter in factor binding with the parameters inside kkt_chol2? Thank ...
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Python shelve class rename

The main reason I use Shelve is to be able to quickly develop code without worrying about db table structure. Unfortunately changing a class name from, say, 'class1' to 'class2' gives "AttributeError: ...
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When to use python function nesting?

I am writing a program that creates backup of directories. Which of the following approach is better for code organization? Create separate class for Backup and Zip logic - class BackupUtil: ...
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Sqlite3 slow on standard queries, is it expected? [closed]

Using Python and sqlite3. This simple print loop takes a few seconds to execute. I don't know much about databases, so I'm guessing I'm not using these queries correctly. Surely sqlite should be ...
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Unit Testing: How much more code? [duplicate]

I'm fairly new to unit testing. In school it's always been, "hey it works, onward!" But I've started to write professionally, and even at work that's been basically the mantra. However, I've started ...
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Should duck typing affect naming conventions?

I'm a C++/C# developer and recently I've started to learn Python. I think I understand the concept of duck typing right now except for one thing. When I'm coding in C++ or C# I sometimes create ...
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How to deal with a misnamed function in production code?

I've recently come across a Python library on GitHub. The library is great, but contains one glaring typo in a function name. Let's call it dummy_fuction() while it should be dummy_function(). This ...
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cx_Freeze'd application license [closed]

I have a python program packed to .exe using cx_Freeze. I am trying to understand licensing implications: do I have to reproduce cx_Freeze license agreement? do I have to reproduce python license ...
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Using a closure to avoid code duplication in Python

Sometimes I find myself wanting to run the same code from a few different spots in the same function. Say I have some function func1, and I want to do the same thing from a few different spots in ...
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Is the following example a strategy pattern?

In my problem I had lots of objects with slightly different behaviour, but identical attributes and methodes with identical interfaces. The objects variants were quite big in number, and I didn't want ...
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Why are so many Python files really big (5k+ lines)? [closed]

Is there any specific reason driving Python files to often be so large? Python files may contain several classes within one file, and some files go up over 10k lines in length. This seems to go ...
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How does rapid prototyping fit into an agile methodology?

I work for a large company, which dictates the use of agile processes. For example, for our projects, we use cloud-based services that are specifically targeted at managing agile development. The ...
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Tried teaching myself to program before college, accidently overwhelmed myself, tips? [closed]

I'm sixteen, I'm overly interested in programming, and I'm currently taking IT classes during my mornings in high school. Last year, I tried teaching myself to code. It was quite exciting, but all I ...
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Purpose of `return self` from a class method?

I came across something like this in an open-source project. Methods that modify instance attributes return a reference to the instance. Would you trust code that is written like this? class ...
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Behavior Driven Development and Unit Testing in Python

We might be interested in starting to incorporate a unit test suite to our project, which is coded in Python (and it uses Redis, PostgreSQL and some third-party libraries, if that bears into the ...
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Moving to Python (SciPy and NumPy) for Scientific Computing [duplicate]

Just read a presentation about using Python for Scientific Computing. I am currently using MATLAB (student license FTW, which will expire when I graduate soon). So I was wondering how matured SciPy ...
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Gevent - Make blocking calls non-blocking

I have the blocking code shown below. Is calling monkey.patch_all() enough/optimal to make it non-blocking? Does Gevent handle iterations like these? # front page def front_page(): database = ...