Codility actually rocks…

I’m passing through guided programming courses on Codility these weekends, as much as time allows me.

Couple of notes connected to that experience…

First, the practices are excellent. They start off gently and then get to really interesting problems. I am writing this under the influence of unexpected solution to the one of them which I didn’t see coming for a while as I was banging my head on the desk. :-) That’s the good part.

The bad part? Continue reading

Python packages deployed to PyPi

I am very pleased to announce that Python packages Axigen-API and software_versions are now available through PyPi. They should have been from the start but… :-)

Of course, Github repositories are at the same place (Axigen-API @ github, software_versions @ github), with the reorganized codebase so now you can pull them and do usual python setup procedure.

Weekend Python+Django project: Quotes

Woo-hoo! It’s that time of the year when heat is wearing off, people get back to work and programmers do new weekend projects. :-)

Meet Quotes @, my latest open source effort.  It is written to demonstrate my skills in modern technologies (Django MVC Python web framework, mobile-first adaptive design methodology, understanding of relational and nosql database concepts, comfortability of working with modern javascript libraries like jQuery…).

It is also made to show off how I’m more cool than you, hence what I read is way more cool than your recently-read library. :-)

It’s not a big thing, but it took me 2 weekends to write it and start filling up its databases with entries.

Oh yes, it’s open source also!

The unlikely winner of the instant messaging wars

Recent news (well, still speculations) of Microsoft dropping the Live messenger in favor of Skype made me think… Instant messaging market was a fairly crowded space invaded by many proprietary solutions and one widely adopted open standard. For a long time, it seemed like proprietary solutions are winning the war, but in the end (probably due to failure of big players to monetize their services through advertising models) the last man standing will be the open XMPP standard. What the heck happened? Continue reading