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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Best strategy for converting change in longitude and latitude to north, south, east, west in degrees

This is not a class assignment but a conceptual question I'm struggling with for a personal project. I need to convert a large paired group of long and lat coordinate values that show a ...
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Front-end structure of large scale Django project

Few days ago, I started to work in new company. Before me, all front-end and backend code was written by one man. As you know, Django app contains two main directories for front-end: /static - for ...
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Merge two different API calls into One

I have two different apps in my django project. One is "comment" and an other one is "files". A comment might save some file attached to it. The current way of creating a comment with attachments is ...
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Does datetime.fromtimestamp() return a datetime object or a string?

Basically what the title says. This is a more theoretical question than anything, I don't have a specific use for it. I've looked up the documentation and I can't find a definite answer.
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Where can I learn more python [on hold]

I am a beginner programmer and I've been learning Python for about a month now. I feel like I'm not really going anywhere with it and would like to know what would be the best place or course of ...
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How to structure GUI program with a database

I am fairly experienced with web design and programming, C, C++ and a little java (used it to build some small GUI). I am trying to work with Python, and I am faced with some technical structuring ...
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How do I read an exe file into ram then launch it from Python? [migrated]

My goal is to encrypt my exe file for distribution and store it in a python decrypting launcher. When the python launcher starts, it will use a key to decrypt the app and write the exe to ram. I then ...
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Expanded explanation of conditional statements in Python [on hold]

Can someone provide a resource that gives a detailed breakdown of conditional statement components? For instance. Here's a fragment: def the_term_here(): if 1 < 2: print "great" ...
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How to create “fuzzy” material design type shadows on a canvas? [migrated]

I can't seem to find out how shadows are created in material design, or how css does it. Specifically, I am curious how, if given a canvas, one would create the 'blur' part, using algorithms. Below is ...
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Technique to synchronize error codes in a same-project-API

In the project I am working right now, we have some python and some C# code. At some point, I call from python a subprocess which starts a C# executable. This C# code returns an error code, which has ...
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UML Sequence Diagram generator for working Python code [closed]

I'd like to look at some working Python code in terms of UML sequence diagrams for better understanding. Now I have to draw this diagrams with my pen - it's too slow. And I know that Python has ...
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Printing in Python — inherently functional? [migrated]

Learned Python for a project at work (which is cool, b/c now I can fiddle with Anki!). In general, I really like the language. Not as intense as Perl, and although I haven't played with its ...
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How does the Zope Component Architecture (ZCA) relate to Service Component Architecture (SCA)?

I'm very new to the principle of Service Component Architecture and Zope in general, but the more I look, the more ZCA seems to be a good solution for a certain class of problems I often encounter. I ...
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How to plot upper limits on only certain data points with python? [migrated]

So I have two arrays, one of wavelengths and one of magnitudes. Some of the magnitudes are upper limits. These upper limits are always fewer characters that the actual measured values so I figured I ...
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Do I have to learn html and javascript to create web applications? [on hold]

I am an experienced Java programmer, and I want to create a complex web application requiring dynamic pages, drawings, etc (take SO as an example). Do I have to learn javascript/html in order to ...
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need help python geo-spatial script [migrated]

new to this and glad to be here. I have a python script that I am working on, and the scripts main purpose is to take a list of cities from a .txt file on my computer, and have the script spit out a ...
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How to replace characters in a string using a dictionary [closed]

Python sort-of newbie here! I'm trying to figure out how to properly replace characters in a string using a dictionary. I do know of the re library but I'm just trying to see how to best do that but I ...
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Which part of the code should rewind a file pointer?

If you had a function that took a handler to a file and then performed some actions that moved the pointer, would you expect it to put the pointer back when it was finished? Additionally, would you ...
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Is it reasonable to use a decorator to instantiate a singleton in Python?

Suppose I have a class like this: class Foo(object): # some code here As it happens, Foo is a singleton. There are numerous ways to write singletons in Python, but most of them don't really ...
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How to run a function after returning 201 view [migrated]

I'm using the Django Python framework with the Django REST Framework. When a new instance of a model is saved, I need to generate a PDF that is saved locally on the server. Is there a way that I can ...
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Should I prefer Python generators to lists?

Python iterators can be very memory efficient. Should I always prefer to use generators instead of just lists? In what situations should I prefer a plain array? For example instead of this: emails = ...
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Finding the largest bundle of flagged points

I am currently working to develop a program that takes in an array of 4 columns and around 200,000 rows. Each column represents x, y, z (coordinates), and a flag denoting whether or not this point is ...
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International characters in pyodbc - ODBC python library [migrated]

I'm using pyodbc to connect to my *.mdb files and store them in a sqlite / spatialite database for further work and analysis. I'm passing DSN like this: ...
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First stab at python classes… when do I need 'self'?

Could someone look over this and let me know if i've butchered anything. It's just a simple class definition in python, but I don't have any local devs to make sure I'm using the language right. ...
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What is the relationship between scope and namespaces in Python?

In many resources I found "scope" and "namespaces" are used interchangeably, which seems a bit confusing since they mean different things. Scope defines the region of the code where a name is ...
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Tree search for path finding - algorithm critiques

So, I'm pretty new to AI in general, and am trying to implement a tree-based search from a textfile input (a maze). An example would be: |||||||||||||||||||||| | || | | | \ | |||||| ...
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Can “higher order function” feature allow/maintain abstraction and encapsulation?

Below is the function repeat written using a functional paradigm, such that when called as repeat(square, 2)(5) it will apply the square function 2 times on the number 5, something like ...
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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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Structuring a multi-language project?

Let's say I'm working on a project which involves writing code for multiple devices, each in its own language (in particular, Arduino and Python). I want to contain the entire project in a single ...
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Chatbot Conversation Objects, your approach?

I'm a nub programmer, using python, and my current project is a chatbot for an irc channel I reside in. I wish to make it capable of keeping conversations organized, primarily between its self and one ...
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Why is an inline if/else faster than a .get() in Python? [migrated]

I was reviewing some code earlier and the developer wrote an inline if/else rather than a get() to retrieve an element from a list if it exists (otherwise give it a default value). I decided to spring ...
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Facing MemoryError in Python

I wrote a program to find prime factors of a number. When I give a large number(600851475143) as input, MemoryError pops up. Below is the code: def fact(a): factors = [] for i in ...
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How to efficiently store big time series data?

I need to store and to be able to query some very large amounts time series data. Properties of the data are as follows: number of series : around 12.000 (twelve thousand) number of data points, ...
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using one database connection across multiple functions in python

whats the best way to go about this in python? I have a number of like so def test1() .... code ..... def test2() .... code ..... def test3() .... code ..... how could I create one ...
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Execute python code without showing the code

I want to use exec to execute python code (using the byte code, instead of the raw text that python will interpret). It's all for a competition where you can see the code of the other competitors, I ...
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Python: Faster to use global variable or pass as arguments to a function? [duplicate]

Hey so i was wondering which is the more efficient way, or better practice to do in this situation. 1, def function(): global number number += 2 Or 2, def function(number): return ...
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Simple unicode application?

I want to create simple language learning applications to help friends in learning languages. A simple Java console application would do the trick, but the Windows console does not seem to handle ...
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Turn off printouts in bottle server [migrated]

I am running a web server with the bottle package I got from bottlepy.org. I start the server with run(host=localhost, port=8080, debug=False) But the server keeps printing information on the ...
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Iterating a function with a static argument: Global functions + lambdas vs internal function?

I am never sure which of these is better form: Option A def a(x,y): def b(z): return z+y return map(b, x) print a([10,20], 5) Option B def b(z,y): return z+y def a(x,y): return ...
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Need to add websocket support to a single page that's running a wsgi service

Current setup. I have a legacy ERP system (Thoroughbred) and i then have several in house applications (CRM, WMS) and a website that interact with it via an xml server and straight ODBC connections. ...
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Empty except block vs. huge except block

Which of these is easier to read? An empty except block: try: foo = do_foo() except FooError: pass # see below else: return do_bar(foo) # Recover from the FooError (long, complicated) ...
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Why do python generators and functions share the “def” keyword?

Consider the following: def some_function(): return 1 def some_generator(): yield 1 In the code above, some_function is a function, while some_generator is a generator. They look quite ...
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why empty function are needed

I started learning python and I am wondering why empty function are needed in a programming language e.g. in python: def empty_func(): pass even in shell scripts empty function empty functions ...
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Why use try … finally without a catch clause?

The classical way to program is with try ... catch. When is it appropriate to use try without catch? In Python the following appears legal and can make sense: try: #do work finally: #do ...
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Is Python Interpreted or Compiled?

This is just a wondering I had while reading about interpreted and compiled languages. Ruby is no doubt an interpreted language, since source code is compiled by an interpreter at the point of ...
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Any reasons NOT to write self testing Python code?

Whilst writing tests I was giving considerable thought to the question of how to ensure I have tests for every class in my application. It occurred to me that maybe I should just put the test code ...
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How to manage a large list of distinct numbers

I have a list of around 2 billion distinct numbers stored in memory for some computation. Currently, every time I need to add a new entry I have to search the entire list for a potential duplicate. ...
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Allow user to enter DSL, rules or code?

I have a python library that allows me to define rules by chaining inputs and outputs of functions ( producer(grep(count( [print(),log() ] ))) This functions define a pipeline from left to right. ...
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Why doesn't Python have a “flatten” function for lists?

Erlang and Ruby both come with functions for flattening arrays. It seems like such a simple and useful tool to add to a language. One could do this: >>> mess = [[1, [2]], 3, [[[4, 5]], 6]] ...
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Splitting single Class into multiple Classes

I am writing automated test scripts with Selenium Webdriver (Python) and I try to follow the correct programming practices, specifically the Object Oriented methodologies, where possible. At the ...