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Brian #1: QuantEcon
- “Open source code for economic modeling”
- “QuantEcon is a NumFOCUS fiscally sponsored project dedicated to development and documentation of modern open source computational tools for economics, econometrics, and decision making.”
- Educational resource that includes:
- Lectures, workshops, and seminars
- Cheatsheets for scientific programming in Python and Julia
- QuantEcon.py : open source Python code library for economics
Michael #2: Structure of a Flask Project
- Flask is very flexible, it has no certain pattern of a project folder structure. Here are some suggestions.
- I always keep this one certain rule when writing modules and packages:
- “Don't backward import from root
- Candidate structure:
- Love it! To this, I would rename
controllers and add a
viewmodels folder and viewmodels themselves.
- Brian, see anything missing?
- Another famous folder structure is app based structure, which means things are grouped bp application
- I (Michael) STRONGLY recommend Flask blueprints
Brian #3: Overusing lambda expressions in Python
- lambda expressions vs defined functions
- They can be immediately passed around (no variable needed)
- They can only have a single line of code within them
- They return automatically
- They can’t have a docstring and they don’t have a name
- They use a different and unfamiliar syntax
- naming them. Just write a function instead
- calling a single function with a single argument : just use that func instead
- if they get complex, even a little bit, they are hard to read
- has to be all on one line, which reduces readibility
- map and filter : use comprehensions instead
- using custom lambdas instead of using operators from the operator module.
Michael #4: Asyncio in Python 3.7
- by Cris Medina
- The release of Python 3.7 introduced a number of changes into the async world.
- Some may even affect you even if you don’t use asyncio.
- New Reserved Keywords: The async and await keywords are now reserved.
- There’s already quite a few modules broken because of this. However, the fix is easy: rename any variables and parameters.
- Context Variables: Version 3.7 now allows the use of context variables within async tasks. If this is a new concept to you, it might be easier to picture it as global variables whose values are local to the currently running coroutines.
- Python has similar constructs for doing this very thing across threads. However, those were not sufficient in async-world
- With a call to
asyncio.run(), we can now automatically create a loop, run a task on it, and close it when complete.
- Simpler Task Management: Along the same lines, there’s a new asyncio.create_task() function that helps make tasks that inside the current loop, instead of having to get the loop first and calling create task on top of it.
- Simpler Event Loop Management: The addition of asyncio.get_running_loop() will help determine the active event loop, and catch a RuntimeError if there’s no loop running.
- Async Context Managers: Another quality-of-life improvement. We now have the asynccontextmanager() decorator for producing async context managers without the need for a class that implements __aenter__() or __aexit__().
- Performance Improvements: Several functions are now optimized for speed, some were even reimplemented in C. Here’s the list:
- asyncio.get_event_loop() is now 15 times faster.
- asyncio.gather() is 15% faster.
- asyncio.sleep() is two times faster when the delay is zero or negative.
- asyncio.Future callback management is optimized.
- Reduced overhead for asyncio debug mode.
- Lots lots more
Brian #5: Giving thanks with
Michael #6: Getting Started With Testing in Python
- by Anthony Shaw, 33 minutes reading time according to Instapaper
- Automated vs. Manual Testing
- Unit Tests vs. Integration Tests: A unit test is a smaller test, one that checks that a single component operates in the right way. A unit test helps you to isolate what is broken in your application and fix it faster.
- Compares unittest, nose or nose2, pytest
- Covers things like:
- Writing Your First Test
- Where to Write the Test
- How to Structure a Simple Test
- How to Write Assertions
- Dangers of Side Effects
- Testing in PyCharm and VS Code
- Testing for Web Frameworks Like Django and Flask
- Advanced Testing Scenarios
- Even: Testing for Security Flaws in Your Application