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Packt Publishing recently sent me a copy of the eBook version of Flask Framework Cookbook by Shalabh Aggarwal. I didn’t read it in its entirety as Cookbooks don’t usually make for a very interesting linear read. I just went through it and cherry picked various recipes. But before I get into too much detail, let’s do the quick review!


Quick Review

  • Why I picked it up: I was asked by the publisher to read the book.
  • Why I finished it: As already mentioned, I actually just skimmed the book and read random recipes
  • I’d give it to: Someone who is new to Flask or possibly an intermediate Flask developer

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Packt Publishing recently contacted me to let me know that they’re having a $5 sale on their website for all their eBooks and Videos. Since they have a LOT of different Python and Python-related books, I thought my readers might want to know about that sale. Here’s their press release:

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Following the success of last year’s festive offer, Packt Publishing will be celebrating the holiday season with an even bigger $5 offer.  From Thursday 18th December, every eBook and video will be available on the publisher’s website for just $5. Customers are invited to purchase as many as they like before the offer ends on Tuesday January 6th, making it the perfect opportunity to try something new or to take your skills to the next level as 2015 begins. With all $5 products available in a range of formats and DRM-free, customers will find great value content delivered exactly how they want it across Packt’s website this Xmas and New Year.

Find out more at www.packtpub.com/packt5dollar

The PyDev of the Week this week is Tim Roberts. While we’ve never met in person, he’s helped me a time or two on several of the Python 3rd party mailing lists, such as wxPython, Reportlab and (I think) PyWin32. He runs his own consulting business and can be contacted by email at the following: timr@probo.com. Let’s spend some time getting to know him!

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I have decided to run a sale on my book, Python 101 until the end of the year. From now until January 1st, you can get my book for 50% off if you use the following offer code: xmas2014

Just go to https://gumroad.com/products/bppWr and enter the offer code on checkout.

Happy holidays!

This week we have Tom Christie (@_tomchristie) as our PyDev of the Week. Tom is the author of the MkDocs project and the Django REST Framework. Let’s spend some time getting to know more about him.

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This week, Packt Publishing asked me to review IPython Notebook Essentials by L. Felipe Martins. They sent me an eBook copy to review. I’ve always been interesting in learning about the IPython Notebook, but had never gotten around to it, so this seemed like a great way to learn more.


Quick Review

  • Why I picked it up: I was asked by the publisher to read the book.
  • Why I finished it: I only read the Notebook sections of the book. The rest I just skimmed.
  • I’d give it to: Someone who already knows Python and is a data scientist

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This week we have Steve Holden (@holdenweb) joining us as our PyDev of the Week. He has been a Python advocate for a long time and is a former chairman of the Python Software Foundation. Let’s see what he has to say. You can read Steve’s blogs here and here. Steve is also the author/teacher of O’Reilly’s Intermediate Python: Practical Techniques for Deeper Skill Development where you can actually get a 50% discount on any O’Reilly eBook or video by using the following code: AUTHD (good until the end of 2014).

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I created my first screencast based on an old article I wrote about setting up Python on Windows.

Today we will look at Tim Golden’s handy package, winshell. The winshell package allows you to find special folders on Windows, create shortcuts easily, work with metadata via “structured storage”, use the Windows shell to accomplish file operations and work with the Windows Recycle Bin.

We will focus on the special folders, shortcuts and the Recycle bin functionality of winshell in this article.

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This week we have Carl Trachte joining us as our PyDev of the Week. Let’s spend some time getting to know our fellow Python programmer!

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