Several tips for better working with Python in Excel

After enrolled for Python in Excel preview, now I can type =py( in any Excel cell to write some Python code. Python in Excel doesn’t have detailed documents, only Get Started tutorials, like link 1, link 2, or articles talking about topics like pandas, matplotlib, seaborn, etc., it may confuse you when you want to do some real work in an unfamiliar environment. The article notes several tips from my understanding of Python in Excel. Continue reading

Analyze robots.txt with Python Standard Library

If haven’t searched both “python” and “robots.txt” in the same input box, I would not ever know that Python Standard Library could parse robots.txt with urllib.robotparser. But the official document of urllib.robotparser doesn’t go into detail. With the document, you could check whether a url can be fetch with a robot with robot_parser_inst.can_fetch(user_agent, url) if you are building a crawler bot yourself. But if you want to do some statistics about robots. Continue reading

Process AWS Kinesis Firehose data with Python

Pipelining streamed data events directly into Amazon S3 via the AWS Kinesis Firehose service is convenient and efficient. And we could use Python with boto3 to consume the data directly from S3. This allows for seamless storage of your data, ensuring its integration and accessibility. Mostly, we are dealing with JSON-formatted event logs. But there is one tiny stone in the shoe for logs feeding from AWS Kinesis Firehose, there is no newline between consecutive log entries. Continue reading

Thoughts on the fading away of the age of IE

2023-07-22 software industry
Nowadays, as it pleased most frontend engineers, making web pages/applications compatible with IE Browser is not required almost everywhere. Internet Explorer, especially the lower versions, is inconsistent with W3C standards, barely has developer toolchains, and therefore very hard to debug. But the anti-modern frontend legacy browsers didn’t easily die. If you had checked browser distribution in recent years, you would notice that IE always had a reasonable proportion, not much, but also not in a trend towards zero in a short period. Continue reading

The curious cases of json_extract

json_extract is a function for extract data from a JSON document both in MySQL and MariaDB. The function normally works fine, for example set @j = '{"num": 42, "list": [1, 2, 3], "obj": {"name": "Edward Stark"}}'; select json_extract(@j, '$.num') as num, json_extract(@j, '$.list') as list, json_extract(@j, '$.obj') as obj; +------+-----------+--------------------------+ | num | list | obj | +------+-----------+--------------------------+ | 42 | [1, 2, 3] | {"name": "Edward Stark"} | +------+-----------+--------------------------+ But when it comes to a single JSON string, the results of json_extract is not always as expected. Continue reading

Contextvars and Thread local

Here in the post, I will share some examples about the contextvars (new in Python 3.7) and thread local. Default Value In the module level, use ContextVar.set or directly setattr for a thread local variable, won’t successfully set a default value, the value set won’t take effect in another thread. To ensure a default value, for contextvars import contextvars context_var = contextvars.ContextVar("context_var", default=0) for thread local, a sub class of thread. Continue reading

The Tiny Chips from Chinese Hackers: When Falsifiability meets Public Perception

2018-10-28 technique
During the 2018 Chinese National Day Holidays, Bloomberg Business Week reported that Chinese hackers planted microchips into motherboards supplying for data center servers of tech giants Apple and Amazon. The original Bloomberg post is available at, and Amazon, Apple, Super Micro and the Chinese Government all have denied the hack. As I followed the related posts, I found despite there may(or may not) be a hack on the motherboard chips, surely the event happening and growing is a big hack on the public perception. Continue reading
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