Issue #51


Feb. 1, 2013

PyData, python-mega and much more. 

Issue #51: Security*


Friday,  February 1st, 2013

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* This is in reference to the recently exposed Rails vulnerability and a reminder that now is the time to take a hard look at the security of your applications and frameworks of choice. 

Mahdi and Mike 
News and Developments. Attack Post Mortem (
This post outlines what happened with respect to the python wiki attack. All passwords have been reset so use the recovery tool to update your credentials.

PyData 2013 March 18-20 in Santa Clara, CA (
Those of you making the trip out to Santa Clara for PyCon US or other reasons might want to consider extending your stay for PyData.

Getting Started with Django Forums now live (
Go forth and help one another.

Sublime Text 3 Beta (
Faster, Better (sort of), Stronger version of Sublime Text beta is out. Now running Python 3 internally. There have been issues discussed in the forums, the beta is open to all registered users.

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Python User Detected (


python-mega (
From the creator of Megaupload comes Mega an online encrypted file storage utility. Python-mega is a lightweight wrapper for the Mega API.

objc_strings (
For all you polyglots out there dabbling in Objective-C this is a pretty useful project. objc_strings helps you localize your Cocoa applications by identifying missing strings in Localizable.strings.

django-conch (
Very neat project. Django-conch exposes the django shell as an ssh server. This could be very useful for debugging Django sites on remote servers.

cdiff (
Cdiff is a very nice tool to show diffs coloured in the unified-diff format or side-by-side. Looks useful, click through to look at the README for more details.

alfred-countdown-timer (
Alfred is a pretty excellent quicklauncher application for OSX. Alfred-countdown-timer is a plugin for alfred that allows you to create a countdown timer from the quick launcher that can fit all your Pomodoro/tea making/coffee making needs.

pythonz (
A simple tool for managing different python installs. it supports installations of CPython, Stackless, PyPy and Jython.

zipline (
Zipline is a Pythonic algorithmic trading library.


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Python shortcuts for the Python beginner (
Definitely a cool list for beginners coming from other languages. Quite a few idioms in there too.

Python packages and environments with Conda (
This article is awesome, people dealing with installing the more difficult python packages that rely on C/C++ like matplotlib and numpy to name a few. Mostly currently a limitation of the current state of packaging in the Python community. Check out conda!

Tracking Your iPhone's Location (
For those of you with iPhone’s and a enjoy self tracking and location data will definitely get a kick out of this. Talks about development of such an app and way to set it up for yourself.

Knowing when a Python thread has died (
This is a pretty interesting solution to the problem of watching threads and knowing when they die. Read the article for all the details and examples of the implementation.

Testing with Nose Introduction (
There are lots of good resources over at pythontesting and this is no exception. This is a great introduction to testing your Python projects with Nose, test all the things, now!

Defence of Django (

The (much less) sorry state of Trie implementations in Python (


Pycoder's Weekly Issue # 52
February 8th, 2012


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