New Year’s Python Meme

Following the recent and timely revival of Tarek Ziadé’s New Year’s Python Meme by Alex Clark and Daniel Greenfeld, and also to mark the addition of this blog to the Python planet, here is my version of the meme for 2013.

What’s the coolest Python application, framework or library you discovered this year?

After having heard a lot about them, this year I had the occasion to actually use the following tools:

Even if it isn’t a discovery strictly speaking, I was also glad to find out that someone took over the maintenance of feedfinder.

And last but not least I recently used PhotoFloat a very promising project to generate photo galleries, especially because like the author of this library I think zenphoto has somehow lost its zen.

What new programming technique did you learn this year?

A few months ago I gave a quick try at TDD with my toy project baciphacs.

But most importantly 2013 was the year when I dived into web application development with my long term personal project wateronmars.

Which open source project did you contribute to the most this year? What did you do?

Quite selfishly the two open source projects I contributed the most were mine:

  • wateronmars (AGPL) went from its year long state of blue prints and prototype code snippets to a fully functional web application deployable by anybody interested and with a demo site on heroku. Oh and by the way it’s yet another news reader with the ambition to merge news reading and bookmark collection into a single workflow to become ultimately a personal web-surfing platform.
  • yapsy (BSD) the Python plugin system with a couple of bug fixes and especially the last fix to the packaging of both the Python2 and 3 sources of this library.

By the way, I’m always welcoming contributions and contributors for these projects :)

Which Python blogs, websites, or mailing lists did you read the most this year?

What are the top three things you want to learn next year?

  • The 11th color of C++ for which I already know the big picture but I lack the practical knowledge
  • Machine Learning (at least a bit more than the practical experience I had in my previous job in a document analysis and text recognition company).
  • Holger Dansk’s language, how to wake him up and collaborate with him (and in case you missed it a new edition of Peopleware was published in 2013).

What is the top software, application or library you wish someone would write next year?

Huh… This year I’ve seen so many good apps and libraries doing exactly what I needed to (in Python and in javascript especially), that I’m not sure what’s THE missing thing right now.

I guess anything that would make it easy for me to recover stuff (adress books, pictures), from the silos of the big social sites would help.

But to be honest all my wishes currently go to wateronmars that could still be extended with functionalities like a pump (as in or a way to mix result from famous search engines with one’s bookmark collection and more generally with anything already listed on the development site.

  • rharding

    Very cool to see your wateronmars project. I’ll have to run through it some. I’ve often thought of trying to build some sort of rss/news side to Bookie ( but there’s hardly the time to work on the bookmark side much less combine things up at this point.

  • Thibauld Nion

    Hey thanks for the heads up. I’ve just checked Bookie and it looks very nice. You’ve certainly dug much deeper than I did in terms of features.

    Typically for wateronmars I was eager to make the feed reading and bookmarking work at a basic level and reach a “bearable” UX. But I still lack the android app and browser extensions that exists for bookie !

    And by the way, about Bookie have you considered “mixing” the search result of Bookie with an external search engine (google, duckduckgo etc). This is something that I really miss to make use of my bookmarks…

  • rharding

    I’ve not really considered mixing search engine results. It started out more of a delicious clone with features I found missing (storing the content of web pages, fulltext search, mobile friendly UI).

    One of the things I would like to do is help find relevant bookmarks to the one you might be looking at. Say you’re looking at your own bookmark on django, it might suggest other bookmarks related to django from other users. The idea of some sort of search results as a supplement to that might be interesting to non-superficial tag or searches.

    With search built into the browser the way it is, I’m not sure I’d use Bookie as a front door to it. The RSS side definitely has appeal though. Bookmarks are then almost just a history or store of the ‘good’ items from your rss feeds.

    As for the clients and such, it’s taken years to get things where they are and the android client work needs a lot of love before it’s all that useful. That said, user uptick was noticeable when I managed to get the Firefox extension out there. It’s pretty useful.