Desktop notifications are used to inform the user about an event or display some form of information without getting in the user’s way. Notifications are usually small pop up windows that disappear after a short while. There are a number of ways to display notifications using Python, but most of these depend on some GUI…… Continue reading How to send desktop notifications in Linux.
A common file format used to store data is the .csv file. The ‘csv’ in the name stands for “Comma Separated Values”. CSV files are very similar to Excel spreadsheets in that the data theiris arranged in rows and columns. Excel files are written in binary format whereas csv files are simple text files that…… Continue reading Working with CSV files in Python
In Python, a virtual environment is way of isolating a working copy of Python to test software or to install new packages without affecting existing packages. virtualenv is a tool used to create isolated Python environments. virtualenv is a useful tool for creating sandboxes or for installing packages locally without system administrator access and also…… Continue reading Virtual environments in Python
Microsoft Excel is a popular application for Windows that is used to work with spreadsheets, tables and charts. Spreadsheets are used extensively in the business world to record budgets, create reports, manage inventory or perform calculations. Working on Excel tasks in your day to day work can be boring, mind-numbing and even daunting especially if…… Continue reading Working With Excel Spreadsheets using Python
Python follows a “batteries included” philosophy, which means that a lot of functionality you may need is built in to the language itself.Python developers have developed their own modules to extend Python’s capabilities even further. These third party modules are kept in the Python Package Index or PyPI which is similar to an app store…… Continue reading How to install 3rd party python modules
The “FizzBuzz Test” is an interview question meant to filter out candidates that cannot program their way out of a paper bag. When I first read about this test on codinghorror, I assumed that it must be a very difficult challenge for it to filter out 99% of software development job candidates but it turns…… Continue reading My solution to the FizzBuzz challenge.
Reading and writing to files using Python is easy to do. In this post, I will go over how to read and write to text files. First, create a file object by calling the open function. Python’s built-in open function is used to open test.txt file in read mode. This tells python what file to…… Continue reading How To Read and Write Files Using Python.