The one-line web server

Every now and again, I run into a situation where a bunch of HTML files can’t be opened by simply double-clicking the index.html, and need to be hosted on a web server to behave properly. I think this used to happen with WebWorks output, and built Jekyll output does this. It’s also sometimes handy to […]

xml.etree.ElementTree and OS randomness

OK, I’ll start by doing something you aren’t supposed to do: parse HTML using a bunch of regular expressions in Python. Don’t do this. Life is too short. Use something like BeautifulSoup. I couldn’t, because I had to use standard libraries only, so here I am. Anyway, my program manipulated a tree of XHTML using […]

A few quick updates

Five years, five updates. Sounds about right. A few quick updates, in the interest in posting more than once a year: I’ve been managing other writers for almost four years now, so I should probably change my byline to reflect that. I’m still writing and working on tool/architecture stuff. But at some point, I should […]

Read the Docs

Here’s something neat I found recently, while looking for some api docs. It’s been around for a while, but you might not have seen it if you don’t work with Python much. Check this out: https://readthedocs.org It’s a documentation repository, and you can find docs for a lot of Python projects there, in one searchable place. And […]