Category archives: Snaking
Discussions of programming, particularly of programming Python
As I'm sure everyone and their dog has linked to now, Groovy is an attempt to create a JVM language with some of the characteristics of Python and/or Ruby, but hewing to the "java way". So far I haven't been particularly impressed, but I suppose I should actually download and play with it some day.
Knoppix, as many of the none of you will surely know, is a bootable Debian Linux CD. It is also one of the easier ways to install Debian, you boot into the full Linux environment off the CD and run a (rather primitive) script to install to the hard-disk.
Sat down and did the review and final edit of the metaclass presentation this morning before work. I have more hope that it will fit in the time-slot. Basically if I only hit the top-level bullets and gloss over the sample code we'll be fine.
The presentation final draft is due Wednesday. There's no business cards for Mikey yet. Work on importing framework must continue, as must the whole-system simulator. Too much to do, too few days. Oh well, off to it.
Darryl has third in series of articles in his blog on using the Round Up API directly that I should take the time to read some day soon. Probably should have Tim read it as well, since the issue tracker is mostly his baby.
Well, it's finished. At least, everything is now reviewed and revised, with the code samples in colour-coded glory. Unfortunately, there's now 74 pages.
Got an email from customer' tech asking me to review the logs and see if there was a problem on our end during a given period. So, I check, which takes an hour or so of poking around in various log tables on various running instances, and then start drafting email to say basically "no, ...
So either I'm getting too deep and forgetting the audience, or the whole of the presentation is starting to make sense. Still need the section discussing how to decide when to use them, and a review of how metaclasses fit into the goals of meta-programming. It's fairly clear IMO, however, so yay. It's a much ...
Getting there on the full-plant simulation front. Discovered a serious bug in the OIDStore implementations in TwistedSNMP this evening, they were storing with naive alphabetical order when the requirement is for numeric ordering. There's a new release on SourceForge.
The computer is basically rebuilt. Spent 3 or 4 hours on mechanism to mock up entire SNMP plants, then switched to doing the metaclass presentation. The presentation is going well. Working out kinks in the original, expanding more on what "meta-programming" is, with far more detail on use-cases for metaclasses as examples of meta-programming.