Handy utilities = Friday Filosofical Finking
Thanks for this - some thoughts below:-
On 2/04/19 11:57 AM, Cameron Simpson wrote:
> On 29Mar2019 09:32, DL Neil <PythonList at DancesWithMice.info> wrote:
>> How do you keep, use, and maintain those handy snippets, functions,
>> classes... - units of code, which you employ over-and-over again?
>> Having coded 'stuff' once, most of us will keep units of code,
>> "utilities", which we expect will be useful in-future (DRY principle),
>> eg functions to rename files, choose unique back-up/new fileNMs,
>> accessing a DB, journalling (logging) start/stop msgs, building specs
>> from YAML/JSON/XML/.ini config files (tongue~cheek), etc.
>> Do you 'keep' these, or perhaps next time you need something you've
>> 'done before' do you remember when/where a technique was last
>> used/burrow into 'history'?
>> (else, code it from scratch, all over again)
> I put them into modules for import. I've got a tree of Python modules
> named "cs.this", "cs.that" for various things. Then just import stuff
> like any other library module.
Agreed - but Python doesn't (natively) like imports from a
different/parallel/peer-level dir-tree. (see also Apache httpd)
> For personal projects (if they aren't just part of that tree) I just
> need to symlink the tree into the local Python library as "cs".
I was doing this.
Much of my work is a simple-delivery, ie copying code from my dev m/c to
the client's PC or server - so I don't 'package it up'* because of the
(perceived) effort required cf the one-to-one (or maybe a couple)
However, during 'delivery' to another machine, have to remember to
rsync/copy including the symlink, as well as to transfer both dir-trees.
Recently, stopped to organise the code into (more) modules (as also
suggested here) and moved to adding the 'utilities' directories into
PYTHONPATH. Now I have to remember to modify that on the/each target m/c!
(and you can guess what happens when I'm asked to remember something!
Although, in my defence, I know this and (apparently)
write-down/document a lot more than many/most of my colleagues. (puff,
> If I get something well enough defined and sufficiently cleaned up for
> use beyond my own code (or just good enough that others might want it),
> up it goes to PyPI so that it can just be "pip install"ed.
> So I've got this huge suite of modules with stuff in them, and a subset
> of those modules are published to PyPI for third party reuse.
Am dubious that any of the 'little bits' that I have collected are
sufficiently worthy, but that's 'proper' F/LOSSy thinking!
*will be interested to hear if you think I should stop 'being lazy' and
invest some time-and-effort into learning 'packaging' options and do
> Happy to elaborate on the details.
One of the points which intrigue me is that my colleagues don't keep
snippets/a library, preferring to remember (hah!) when/where they used
particular techniques in the past, and copying/duplicating, to fit the
new system's requirements. Am wondering if this is true beyond our
Yet, here on the list, interest was shown in 'being organised' (even if
few have actually weighed-in)...