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Advanced Python link collection

This article is a link collection for Python developers who want to go beyond the basics. It presents my personal favorite articles and libraries for various use cases. Introduction Whenever you fall in love with a programming language, you will wonder what you can do with it, beyond the basics. Most modern programming languages come with a considerable runtime library…

Experimenting with acoustic fingerprinting for duplicate detection

This article describes an experiment where I apply acoustic fingerprinting and speech recognition to detect duplicates in my personal collection of episodes (mp3 files) of the German radio play “Philip Maloney”. I discuss the advantages and disadvantages of both approaches, and present the results of applying the Olaf acoustic fingerprinting implementation. Introduction Acoustic fingerprinting (Wikipedia) is a technique which lets…

PlantUML advanced features

With PlantUML you can create diagrams as plain text code. This article covers several advanced features, e.g. how to choose the right output file format, or using the include-mechanism effectively. I also explain how you can generate code from PlantUML diagrams (and vice versa), or how to work on a model-layer by extending PlantUML’s syntax. Introduction PlantUML is a Java-based…

PlantUML layout and styles tutorial

With PlantUML you can create diagrams as plain text code. PlantUML takes off the burden so that you don’t need to worry about the looks and layout of your diagram’s elements, by applying opinionated defaults. This article is both a PlantUML layout tutorial, which explains how you can customize the layout, and also explains how you can customize the styles,…

Plain text diagrams – the best diagrams as code tools

Storing documentation as plain text in version control has numerous advantages, such as the ability to understand changes by diffing, or having documentation next to your code. Since documentation contains text and images, this article explains how diagrams can also be written as plain text, which a generator then converts to graphics. I discuss the advantages and disadvantages of this…

Plain text documentation in version control – the 3 best markup languages

Writing technical project documentation using proprietary formats like Word, Google Docs or Confluence has numerous disadvantages. Plain text documentation, committed to a VCS like Git, can overcome these disadvantages. This article presents the markup languages Markdown, Asciidoc and reStructured Text used for plain text documentation files, how they compare, and which tools exist to render plain text documentation to visually…

marshmallow vs. pydantic – Python’s 2 best libraries for data serialization and validation

Data (de-) serialization is about converting between raw data items and instances of your Python classes, in order to transmit or store data. A typical example is the conversion between a Python object and its JSON string representation. This article discusses the two stand-alone frameworks marshmallow and Pydantic, which handle the conversion as well as data validation. I provide an…