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Issue #171: Halt and Catch Fire

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News


django-webtest - Maintainers wanted.
Django Webtest author Mikhail Korobov is looking for maintainers to help take over maintenance of the project.
github.com
Shared by @mgrouchy
 

Django Software Foundation announces Diversity Statement
As per PEP8 "Explicit is better than implicit", you can check out the complete diversity statement here.
djangoproject.com
Shared by @mgrouchy
 

EuroPython 2015: Educational Summit
The educational summit at EuroPython 2015 has been announced. This is being organized together with the Raspberry Pi Foundation. Click through for all the details.
europython.eu
Shared by @ben_nuttall
 

Discussion


Why you should almost never use “is” in Python
reddit.com
Shared by @mgrouchy
 

Jobs

Projects


pex
A library and tool for generating .pex (Python EXecutable) files!
github.com
Shared by @myusuf3
 

gradify
Pretty cool tool, allows you to produce CSS Gradients as placeholders for images.
github.com
Shared by @mgrouchy
 

highlander
A Python decorator that helps ensure that a Python Process is running only once.
github.com
Shared by @mgrouchy
 

valchemist
A Flask web app to seamlessly create sqlalchemy models by dragging/dropping objects in a canvas.
github.com
Shared by @mgrouchy
 

baldr
An open source flight simulator for aerial drones written entirely in Python.
github.com
Shared by @myusuf3
 

pymc3
A python module for Bayesian statistical modeling and model fitting which focuses on advanced Markov chain Monte Carlo fitting algorithms.
github.com
Shared by @mgrouchy
 

sparkit-learn
Sparkit-learn aims to provide scikit-learn functionality and API on PySpark. The main goal of the library is to create an API that stays close to sklearns'.
github.com
Shared by @fulibacsi
 

Postie
Utility for batch sending emails and text messages
github.com
Shared by @itsnauman
 

Articles


Beyond Request-Response
Pretty interesting read on proposed change to Django Request-Response cycle.
aeracode.org
Shared by @myusuf3
 

The Traveling Tesla Salesman
Looking at the Travelling Salesman Problem where the salesman visits Tesla superchargers.
mortada.net
Shared by @mgrouchy
 

Python's Web Framework Benchmarks
YAPWFB, I know what you are thinking what is Falcon?
github.io
Shared by @myusuf3
 

Pandas Categoricals
Nice introduction on how to use pandas categoricals for improved speeds.
matthewrocklin.com
Shared by @myusuf3
 

Timezones and Python
Dealing with timezones can be a nightmare, here are some problems you often encounter and recommendations for dealing with them in your Python application.
danjou.info
Shared by @mgrouchy
 

Why sys.setdefaultencoding() will break code
Here is why using sys.setdefaultencoding() in your programs should be avoided.
wordpress.com
Shared by @mgrouchy
 

Cutting Off the Internet, Part I
Part 1 of a pretty useful general look at testing Python applications that use Requests, without using the internet.
coglib.com
Shared by @sigmavirus24
 

Interactive 2D/3D visualizations of Python projects
Interesting visualizations of Python projects at quantified code. Check them out!
quantifiedcode.com
Shared by @cneumann81
 

Using Python and QGIS for geospatial visualizations
This is a case study presented as a tutorial. It will guide you through obtaining, cleaning, augmenting and visualizing a geospatial dataset.
airpair.com
Shared by @elldudley
 

5 Simple Rules For Building Great Python Packages
Follow these rules to improve your Python packages.
axialcorps.com
Shared by @mgrouchy
 

ROC Curves in Python and R
yhathq.com
Shared by @mgrouchy
 
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