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Fun with Python

Hey there fellow developers 😀
I have been working with Python lately(specifically Python3) and wanted to share some things I thought were pretty cool from an outsider’s(learning the language) perspective. I hope the following helps with getting to know this great language.. Enjoy

#construct a tuple using()

#contruct a list using [] 
 lst= [1,2,4]

#iterate a string and print each character
for i in "This is a String":
#getting the length of a string 
print ("length is",len("12345"))	

#test x is in a range
if(3< x <10 ):
	print( "I am true")
	print( "I am false")
#test membership

if "2" in "1234":
	print("I am in the string")
if int("2") in [1,2,3,4]:
	print( "I am in the list")

print( "hithreetimes, "*3)

#using math class
import math

#print all methods

#named Tuples
import collections
Movie = collections.namedtuple("Movie","title rating")
collection =[Movie("Jaws", 4.0)]
collection.append(Movie("Toy Story", 5.0))
for movie in collection:
	print("I watched {0} and gave it {1} stars".format(movie.title,movie.rating))

#sequence unpacking
head, *rest = [1,2,3,4,5]
print("head is {0} and rest is {1}".format(head,rest))

#passing and unpacking parameters
def fullname(f,m,l):
	print("First Name ="+f)
	print("Middle Name ="+m)
        print("Last Name  ="l)

fakenamelist =["Homer","J","Simpson"]

#list comprehensions (print all odd numbers from 0 to 99)
print( [item for item in range(0,100) if item % 2])

#named parameters
def count_animals(number,*,	animal="ducks"):
	return "{0} {1}".format(number,animal)
print( count_animals(3,animal="cows"))
print( count_animals(3))

print(sorted([-1,2,-3],key=abs)) #same order

line = input("enter something.. ")
print("your line was " ,line)

I have been using python for web requests and recommend using the httplib2 library. It has a lot of really nice features.

A Groovy Flickr API

A long time ago I wanted to write a desktop GUI interface for Flickr. At the time I had just learned Java and thought it would be really cool to write it using swing. Little did I know how not cool working with swing would be 🙁

About halfway through the project I heard about a cool new dynamic way to write Java code called Groovy. From that day on Groovy has been making my life a whole lot easier. I didn’t need all the functionality in the flickrj library, so I decide to write a few methods for my app using Groovy. The hardest part of the whole thing was figuring out how to post images to Flickr, for that, I used the flickrj code as a reference. If that source code was not available, I don’t think I would have ever figured it out. So a big thanks to all the folks working on that project!

This is not a complete API for Flickr, but should provide enough to get started.
Link to my GitHub Repo


So for my own geeky pleasure, I decided to try writing cgi scripts with Ruby, Python, PHP, and Perl.  All had readily accessible documentation on how to POST to a https URL but ruby. My first thought was to look at the Net:HTTP documentation found HERE.

The one example I wanted was not listed. I did some searching around and pieced together the following code. I hope this is as big a help to you as it was to me. Looking at it, It seems pretty intuitive….but if your like me, sometimes you need it spelled out 😀

As a side note, setting path to path = ‘/../’ is my work-around for a script that is mapped to www.mysite.com rather than ‘/some_POST_handling_script.rb’

#Juan Vazquez ->javazquez.com
require 'net/http'
require 'net/https'
http = Net::HTTP.new('www.mysite.com', 443)
http.use_ssl = true
#path(a.k.a) ->www.mysite.com/some_POST_handling_script.rb'
path = '/some_POST_handling_script.rb'
data = 'badguy=Gargamel'

headers = {'Content-Type'=> 'application/x-www-form-urlencoded'}

resp, data = http.post(path, data, headers)

puts 'Code = ' + resp.code
puts 'Message = ' + resp.message
resp.each {|key, val| puts key + ' = ' + val}
puts data