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Not a technical post, but a personal update. I promised over a week ago.
Based on the title, Expert Python Programming, (by Tarek Ziadé) I had expected a book covering the Python language… syntax, advanced data structures, maybe some functional programming… stuff like that. This book surprised me. Rather, it contains a hodgepodge of information about the world of Python development, from setting up editors to distributed version control […]
I love reading programming books, especially to learn a new programming language. Learning XSLT, I read a large number of books, as there are quite a few available. The quality of the XSLT books struck me as particularly all over the place, some were quite good while others weren’t even worth the time to skim. […]
Recursion is one of the core concepts in programming. It’s valuable not only as a technique for writing programs, but as a general concept for solving problems. XSLT provides many useful elements such as for-each (and apply-templates), but occasionally you will run into a problem which must be solved with recursion. Let’s take a look […]
Using XSLT to copy elements is extremely common when you’re transforming a source document of a certain type (XML, HTML, etc.) to the same type. Often, you need an exact copy of an element verbatim, but other times you need to selectively choose certain elements to copy and others to discard. XSLT makes this process […]
Working with more than a few new-hires over the last few weeks, I’ve noticed that new XSLT developers often write pull-style XSLTs by default. However, this tends to defy XSLT’s functional heritage, and is not as useful as the opposite form, push-style XSLTs. Pull-style XSLTs reach into the source document and pull out the data […]
They just keep popping up. I just scrolled down my own blog, and saw a post titled “Down to three bugs.” Funny enough, three months later, we’re still trying to push the website out. (Wow, those were some really big bugs!!! Haha, jk…) In fact, I’ve been pressing for the last 2 days, trying to […]
July 7, 2008
Posted by Eddie
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been playing around with Django. Because of that, I’ve been looking at a few different books on the subject. I first started out with the Django Book, which took me a few days to read. I can’t say I absorbed it all, but I got the general idea. Then […]
Happy Regular Expressions Day Everyone!!!