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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How do I create every permutation [closed]

I have a list of letters, this is just an example list: ['a','b','c','d','e'] How do I compute every combination of the list? The letters cannot repeat, for example. a,b,c,d,e a,c,b,d,e a,c,d,b,e ...
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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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Why doesn't Python just establish a format for declaring tab widths?

I've read the flame wars over the use of spaces and tabs. When working with any markup language (when scope isn't very important and when pressing space 4 times is a PITA), I tend to minimize the tab ...
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What kind of problems is an Android beginner likely to encounter in using Scala?

I am a hobbyist programmer who makes and maintains one production system, largely coded in Python, which now has to be ported to Android. I don't know Java at all. However, SL4A in Android makes ...
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Integrate a Python Project with a Visual Studio C++ Console Application?

I now have a Python project that is in charge of generating the simulation data and visualizing the simulation and processed data. A C++ console application is already available in my Visual Studio. ...
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Suggestions designing an XML polling deamon in python

I'm about to take on a new project for a client designing a server-side python program that will poll a number of XML streams at regular intervals and populate a Postgresql database with results. The ...
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When to use private methods in Python

I have a class, but every method in it should be private (apart form __init__ and __str__). Should I denote every method with a double underscore, or is that deemed bad practice?
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Clarity over Python and Jython

I'm a Java programmer, but I want to program in Jython. I've never coded in Python before, but have been looking through some tutorials and I'm fairly confident I can grasp it. My question is ...
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Objects of different programming languages [closed]

Apparently, there are some resemblance between objects in JavaScript and dictionaries in Python. Each language defines an object a little different (and there is some logic that all definitions to be ...
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Clarification of Python Functional document

I'm rereading this http://docs.python.org/2/howto/functional.html document and hit this line, '...Unfortunately, proving programs correct is largely impractical and not relevant to Python software. ...
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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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Python — when should a class have-a rather than be-a?

This is related to "Extends is evil" vs. OCP? but separate because the idea of "implement the interface" doesn't exist in Python. I'm writing a class to pull some data off a webpage. It's ...
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Why did Microsoft abandon IronRuby and IronPython? [closed]

Several years ago, Microsoft announced that Ruby and Python were coming to .net. The projects were called IronRuby and IronPython, respectively. Microsoft said that the projects would be built on ...
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Embed Python into Lua?

I've found a lot of things about embedding Lua into Python, but I was wondering is is possible to embed Python into Lua? I've searched for a while, and couldn't find anything on it, so maybe some of ...
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Python multithreading and utilizing modern processors - what is the downside?

CPython implementation detail: In CPython, due to the Global Interpreter Lock, only one thread can execute Python code at once (even though certain performance-oriented libraries might overcome ...
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Listener, logger, plotter - what threading arcitecture to choose for this?

I am constructing a program that does several things. Listens to a port. Every second a string is received When new data is received, it has to be logged. No errors or skipped entries are allowed ...
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Languages implemented in Python?

AFAIK, Scala and Clojure are implemented in Java and Java is implemented in C. I suppose that many or most languages are implemented in C, for instance Perl, Python and SQL. I don't know much about ...
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How to elegantly work with a lot of print functions?

I'm working on a Python project that is executed on a terminal (or console) for which I am planning to implement a GUI. I did not major in CS so I really have no idea how to effectively design a ...
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In Python, what is the proper testing structure for packages containing packages? [closed]

Which is the preferred test package structure for packages containing subpackages: Tests in Subpackages? a/ __init__.py b.py c/ __init__.py cc.py test/ __init__.py ...
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Design: multiple algorithms on the same large data sets

I have several algorithms that I would like to test against the same data sets to compare their results. I don't know how to design it so there is maximum readability and maximum efficiency. I have ...
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What is the preferred object to store this type of data structure

I was in a conversation with someone who codes for me. He was frustrated with my approach to a particular problem. I am entirely self taught and very pragmatic - I am not a professional developer ...
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How can I stop myself overwriting member variables with 'new' ones?

The bulk of my programming experience has been with C++ and (shudder) FORTRAN (I'm a scientist not a programmer as such, but I do my best). I've recently started using python extensively and find it ...
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Design decision - why generate <p> without </p>?

tl;dr Some widely used programs, which generate html, will only generate opening paragraph tags, and not closing ones, assuming that the browser will properly close paragraphs. On the face of it, it ...
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Python dynamic attributes creation, a blessing or a curse?

Consider this code: >>> class Foo(): pass ... >>> foo = Foo() >>> foo.a = 'test' >>> foo.a 'test' One can just override __setattr__ to make attributes ...
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Factory for arrays of objects in python

Ok, the title might be a little misleading. I have a Window class that draws widgets inside itself in the constructor. The widgets are all of the same type. So I pass a list of dictionaries, which ...
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Is it considered Pythonic to have multiple classes defined in the same file?

In working with python for the first time, I've found that I end up writing multiple classes in the same file, which is opposed to other languages like Java, which uses one file per class. Usually, ...
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Is Python Cookbook for python 2.4 applicable to python 2.7.5?

My college has a course on Introduction to programming using python and we are using Python 2.7.5. I would like to know if it will be helpful to read Python Cookbook which is for python 2.4? There ...
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Code execution within delimiters

Is there any way I can execute a block of code in a loop, like so: [ some code goes here ] Where the delimiters are "[" and "]", and also allowing for nested blocks, i.e.: [the user can create ...
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Can a method that must be overridden be considered private?

Suppose I have a class C with a method f() which is meant to be used only within C's implementation, but which should be overridden by C's subclasses. Is it reasonable, or "pythonic", to consider it ...
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Python datetime timedelta attributes

In the python datetime module, timedelta objects take weeks, days, hours, minutes, seconds, and microseconds as arguments upon instantiation. However, after the timedelta is created, the only two ...
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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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Is a well written documentation a good enough reason for learning a programming language?

I am learning Python currently which wasn't part of my college curriculum. I was asked in an interview why I chose Python and I replied that it is easy to learn and the documentation is very well ...
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Web app outgrowing current framework

I have quite a bit of experience with using Django for websites and so when I started a new project I naturally chose to use Django for it. Everything went well for a time but now the application is ...
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How fast should a Python factoring script be?

Just how efficient is "good enough" for all intents and purposes? I wrote a script to simply list off all numbers that divide into an input, x, as pairs (i, n//i) and was just curious how efficient I ...
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Is SQLite a sensible option for data logging?

I am trying to setup a small data-logging application under linux. The data arrives via serial port, and from there it should be pumped to logging and to graphical display. The logging functionality ...
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1h coding test for recruitement interview, is it a common practice [closed]

I received an email for a web company position I applied to. They are asking me to provide a 1h time slot, so that they can make me pass a coding test. They'll send the test, start the time, and 1h ...
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Maintaining log stream after file name change

I'm trying to log to a file and move it about every 30 seconds. I'm using the os.rename function (which I do from a supervisord process) in python to move the current log to a timestamped log (which ...
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Is modifying an object's __dict__ to set its properties considered Pythonic?

I have a class that inflates objects from rows found in a database (or another source, e.g. MongoDB, a CSV file, etc.). To set the object's properties, it does something like ...
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What should I learn to be backend web developer? [closed]

I want to be a web developer and because I don't want to get into designing (and stuff like that) so I thought I should become a backend developer (also more suited because of my course i.e. b.tech in ...
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Code design: is this specific case of monkeypatching in python acceptable?

I'm using python to do some research tasks. I have a class hierarchy for "tools", where each object is an instance of a particular tool. They all share some functionality and have many similarities in ...
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Do I need to understand the Internals of a programming language?

I am beginner to Python and I really like it so far. One question that comes to my mind very often is if I need to understand and therefore learn the Internals of a programming language (as in my case ...
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Encoding a bash script for use in Python

I am writing some code in Python which checks for the validity of a license key after polling a server. If it is valid then the Python program in turn runs some bash scripts. How to create a ...
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Class instance clustering in object reference graph for multi-entries serialization

My question is on the best way to cluster a graph of class instances around specifically marked objects (objects are the graph nodes and the references to each other are the directed edges of the ...
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Why are methods considered the class attributes in Python?

I read in a book that both methods and fields are considered the attributes of a class in Python. However, recently I was told by a friend of mine that methods may not be considered the attributes of ...
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Why does pkg_resources not find bloom in my virtualenv?

I'm trying to hack on the ROS bloom build system (https://github.com/ros-infrastructure/bloom). After I've made some edits, I build it and install it to a virtualenv to test using python setup.py ...
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Start by Teaching Classes [closed]

In every class, and every book I have seen regarding programming, classes are held off. They are thought to be confusing and strange. I certainly had issues with them. But in object orient ...
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Decoupling Components - Design

I have created a a number of non-trivial scripts in Python that do some long running reporting. At first these reports started off as scripts with a config file. Then I added in the a database ...
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Finding possible positions for rectangle in a 2-d array

Well, the title is not very appropriate, please read on (I couldn't get a better one). Note: Using Python 2.7, but an algorithm will help too. I'm making a side scroller game, in which I am ...
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How to structure a class in python

I have come to python from C++ (I also know a little Java). I am writing code to exercise a server so I basically use http methods to send a load of requests to the server. As part of my code I ...
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Specifying options “hard coded”, in an interpreted language

In a language like Python or JavaScript (NodeJS), is there anything wrong with defining "the configuration file" as a file which essentially hard-codes the configuration settings? For example: ...