Archives 2004

Oh, the day in hotspots (Suppose I should mention the real work...)

Think I've gone about as far as I can go without knowing what I'm trying to build for the hotspot project. I put up a quick framework, started filling in page templates with approximately what's needed, but without knowing what business information is needed/wanted, I can't really write the code to go behind the templates. ...

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wxoo fixes (Wooing developers into using BasicProperty, PyTable and wxoo)

Realised when asked a few days ago that I'd left wxoo sitting right in the middle of a major rewrite. The rewrite was necessitated by the wxPython 2.5 API changes. Those changes were... let's just say "nontrivial", and unfortunately, the new wxPython APIs changed as I was in the middle of doing the upgrade (reversing ...

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Linux rises from the grave of the dead tablet (Well, almost...)

Decided to give another shot at fixing the wacom tablet in my Gentoo install. I've got a fix, but it's pretty ugly. The problem was that the tablet would, when the pen approached it, start running the cursor along either the left or right side of the screen up and down (very fast). From the ...

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Hmm, last post sounded very negative... (Don't post before the first coffee of the morning)

Looking at the problem again, it seems obvious that there is a story trying to get through the mess of the presentation;

"Descriptors: from functions to decorators".

That is, a sort of creation myth of the generalisation of the wart/exception in Python 2.1 into a generic, but somewhat difficult to use mechanism in Python 2.2 ...

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Feedback on the presentation (Apparently far worse from the other side...)

Got some feedback from John via email. In summary, needed to be designed more, have less information (always one of my problems), and use more anecdotes.

All good points. Doing it again, I'd probably have focused solely on descriptors. Don't know about his preference for story-centred organisation. I tend to come from the "theory first, ...

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Presentation isn't a total blowout (Going to be moving next time, likely...)

PyGTA is likely going to relocate to another office around the corner from Givex come January (next meeting), in order to accomodate the larger crowds (it's getting kinda stuffy in the Givex conference room).

The pool hall to which we normally retire is also closing on the 16th of December, so will have to find ...

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Free debugging kills another day (Old code adapter grows yet another barnacle...)

Today was largely a blowout. After spending an hour or two reviewing and trying to plan out the hotspot project I realised I wasn't functional and took a nap (didn't sleep well last night). Nap turned into 3 hours of not sleeping, so got up and started working on a bug Bryan had submitted.

Just ...

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Happens every time I start to teach something (Wondering what I'm spending my life doing...)

As I'm sure all of you who read this blog (all three of you) know, I'm a bit of a pedantic bore... okay, I'm a big pedantic bore. I just love teaching, particularly obscure technical things that are so dry and abstract that no one in their right mind could possibly be interested in them. ...

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One goal basically complete (Other not even touched...)

The presentation for the PyGTA meeting on Tuesday is mostly complete. I have everything save a sample for the subclassing built-in types section. Still some polishing to do, but it's basically ready to go.

Tomorrow begins work on the Hot Spot project in earnest. Hopefully it'll just be a week or two, I'd like to ...

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