Archive for the ‘python’ Category

PyCon AU 2010

May 17, 2010

Tonight I booked flights and accommodation for PyCon Au 2010. I’m going to be presenting a forty five minute presentation on PyProcessing, the Python port of Processing which is designed to make it easy to get into graphical oriented programming.

I’m staying at the lovely Pensione hotel, which is only a few hundred metres from the venue.


Debugging Python

December 8, 2005

The tool to debug Python is pdb, think gdb for Python. It works, but it has warts.

The emacs integration is OK, but not great, the execution point glyph overwrites the first few columns of text. Breakpoints cannot be set on comments. Recoverable runtime errors cause it to bomb.

There’s an old fork for pdb to get ddd integration working, pydb. It basically doesn’t work. Setting breakpoints is very tricky. There’s no execution point glyph. Data structures don’t display.. which is why you use ddd in the first place. My plan is to get pydb working with ddd, then try to merge the pydb patches back upstream into pdb.

So many items added to the todo list..

Last call optimization.

August 5, 2004

Lest Andrae’s python examples lead the gentle reader into thinking Python supports tail recursion optimization, it doesn’t.

Guido doesn’t want it; it’s too schemey for him, he reckons it hides bugs, it’d make useful exceptions hard to come by, and it may well be very tricky to implement outside of C Python (Jython and Iron Python for example).

Look for the “Proper tail recursion” thread on python-dev.