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Call graphs for python

September 9th, 2010 • 1 Comment

I’m a big fan of reporting be it reports form automated builds, coverages, API documents etc. To evaluate the python code I’m currently working on I needed Call Graph for Python. After some searching and testing I found this package to be most convenient:

P.S. If you are running Ubuntu (or similar) a sudo apt-get install python-pycallgraph will install the package. To create the graph simple call: pycallgraph –include=<whatever you need> <your>

A future for the world?

September 6th, 2010 • 1 Comment

Welt mit Zukunft Cover

Franz Josef Radermacher’s book about the current world situation with financial crises, natural disasters and exceeding resources not only describes the current and upcoming problems but also provides solutions towards what he calls an “eco-social market economy”. Beside the fact that the book is well written and quite short compared to the message it delivers, a good overview of what goes wrong and a possible way of solving it is presented. Only critical point would be that it doesn’t describe how we can get there. Still and definitely a book which you should read.

It describes that current established system can not solve the issue – needed is system which controls the free markets and ensure the social liability of our communities. Taxes on resources or a Supervisory Associations for financial markets which approve products before they can be sold are just one step in the right direction.

Tinkering with Illumos

September 1st, 2010 • Comments Off on Tinkering with Illumos

Honestly I do not really get the point why everybody is so upset about what happened to OpenSolaris. I can understand the steps Oracle took – and do not forget: The source is still under a CDDL license. A bit sad that the community doesn’t get real-time updates anymore.

On the other side I think that the initial idea of the Illumos project to replace the last closed source bits in ON is a good one. But I’m also looking forward to the Solaris 11 Express edition – I know some Solaris developers over at Sun/Oracle and those guys do a great job!

Here is a nice screen shot of Illumos booting BTW:

Deploying your (RESTful) python app in a PKI secured environment

August 1st, 2010 • 4 Comments

Now assume you have written an RESTful python application which you want to deploy in a secure manner. Many environments use a PKI security setup using X509 certificates. The good news is that you can do this. Install apache and the mod_wsgi module. On an Ubuntu Server a apt-get install libapache2-mod-wsgi apache2 will do.

Now simply add a site to your apache2 configuration – Normally located in /etc/apache2/sites-available:

WSGIPythonPath <python path>
    Listen 81
    NameVirtualHost *:81
    <VirtualHost *:81>
        ServerAdmin root@localhost
        ServerName localhost
        SSLEngine on
        SSLCertificateFile <path to cert>/newcert.pem
        SSLCertificateKeyFile<path to cert>/newkey.pem
        SSLCACertificateFile <path to cert>/cacert.pem
        SSLVerifyClient require
        SSLVerifyDepth 2
        SSLOptions +StdEnvVars
        WSGIScriptAlias / /<path to your service>/
        ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/service.error.log
        CustomLog /var/log/apache2/service.log common

That’s it! The python app is now available on localhost:81 – Apache will ensure that the client certificate is authenticated against the CA! The statement SSLOptions +StdEnvVars ensures that the according headers are forwared to your python application so you also verify the user by his DN defined in the certificate.

Story board for agile development

July 14th, 2010 • 1 Comment

I’m a fan of software development processes. They need to be simple and easy to follow. Now one thing I like are so called task/story boards for agile development to keep track of stuff in the pipeline. What I do not like is that tool support is rather not good. Most people seem to be using ‘real’ task/story boards with paper and pen. That is not an option for me – since I’m not always in the same place 🙂

Other tools are so overblown that they are hardly usable – and again an external tool makes that the stories and their states are not stored near the source code – where the belong IMHO.

So I stumbled upon simple-kanban an easy tool where you basically can just drag and drop stories around based on their state. There is a very simple editor for editing the stories and the best feature is: It’s an single HTML file which you can check-in next to your source code in your SCM. And with the web browser integrated in eclipse even open in your IDE.

Only feature missing was that this board couldn’t store the information – you had to manually copy the stories from the editor and paste them into the HTML file, which you could save then:

Go to the data view and copy all stories. Then simply edit the source of the HTML file with an editor of your choice, preferably one which knows HTML. There you can paste the copied stories over the old ones and save the HTML file.

I didn’t like that – and since I knew of tiddlywiki, which is another single page application (SPA), which can store data, I thought I can update it. So I took the saving features from the wiki (described here BTW) and integrated them with the simple-kanban board. Now I have a save button and do not need to do nasty copy & pastes into source codes.

BTW this is how it looks in Eclipse:

Nice for small projects, your to-dos (Getting Thinks Done (GTD)) or any other stuff…