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How To Remotely Admin Servers Via Twitter

March 22, 2009 A quick look at how I setup my server to be listen for Twitter direct messages and provide a very minimal degree of remote administration.

Using Threadpools in Python

February 10, 2009 This article takes a look at creating a threadpool in Python. Specifically it takes a stab at iteratively processing CSV and XML files and farming out the parsed data for processing by a threadpool. The Python logging, csv and ElementTree modules make cameo appearances.

Stripping Illegal Characters from XML in Python

January 25, 2009 This is a simple Python script for stripping illegal entities from XML, which doesn't require any external libraries. It can be run from the command-line, or imported and called within Python code.

Huge CSV and XML Files in Python

January 22, 2009 Quick walkthrough of my code for converting a very large CSV file into a very large XML file using the Python standard libraries. Despite a few issues along the way, was a very pleasant experience.

The Subtle Joys of Generic Methods

December 11, 2008 The object system in Common Lisp has something that almost no one else does: generic methods. Also called multi-methods, these allow a flexible and safe approach to dynamically adding functionality to a class at runtime. It's monkey patching without the monkey. When I write my programming language in a few decades, these are going to be there.