I’ve actually never heard of this guy, but the fellow behind the pyimagesearch blog has created a Kickstarter for a computer vision subscription course. His name is Adrian Rosebrock and his Kickstarter was funded in 25 minutes! His course covers a lot of different topics in computer vision and sounds really interesting. You should definitely check it out, especially if you’re in this field.

Andrea Gavana is this week’s PyDev of the Week. He has been quite active in the wxPython project both as a contributor of original widgets and a great help to many of the people who have asked questions on the wxPython mailing lists. I’ve known him for quite a while. Let’s see what he has to say!


This week’s PyDev is Tim Golden. He is a member of the Python Software Foundation and a Python core developer. Tim is also a moderator or owner of several Python mailing lists. In April 2013, Tim was the recipient of the Python Community Service Award “for his work on supporting the Windows Management Interface in Python and supporting that code and Windows users generally on comp.lang.python.” He blogs from time to time and I would recommend checking his writings out. Finally, Tim is the author of several Python modules for Windows, which you can read about here.

Let’s spend some time getting to know him better.


This week we have Doug Hellman (@doughellman) as our PyDev of the Week.  Doug is the author of the Python Module of the Week series as well as the book, The Python Library by Example. Let’s find out what he has to say!


This week we welcome Dr. Margherita DI LEO as our PyDev of the Week. She is our first PyLady in this series! Let’s spend some time getting to know her!


Happy New Year! This past year has been pretty great and I am looking forward to what 2015 has to offer. I have been doing this blog for quite a while now and today it’s time for a retrospective over 2014’s most-read articles. Let’s take a look!

  1. A Simple Step-by-Step Reportlab Tutorial (16,091 page views)
  2. Python: A Simple Step-by-Step SQLite Tutorial (11,373 page views)
  3. Python and Microsoft Office – Using PyWin32 (7,201 page views)
  4. Reportlab Tables – Creating Tables in PDFs with Python (6,356 page views)
  5. wxPython – Creating a Simple Media Player (5,851 page views)
  6. Python 101: How to Download a File (5,723 page views)
  7. wxPython – wx.ListCtrl Tips and Tricks (5,655 page views)
  8. Python 101: How to Open a File or Program (5,373 page views)
  9. A PyInstaller Tutorial (5,010 page views)
  10. PyPdf2 – The New Fork of PyPdf (4,959 page views)

This is out of 493,339 page views in total for the year.

If you go back through the last few top ten lists, you will notice that the items in this list have changed position drastically. You may also notice that the number of page views per article is much lower this year. I thought that was pretty interesting. Here are the last few year’s links for easy reference:

Sadly none of my 2014 articles made it to the top ten list this year. So I’ll just give you a quick taste of what you missed in 2014 by listing the top five articles of last year:

  1. Python 101: An Introduction to Python’s Debugger (4,480 page views)
  2. Python Concurrency: An Intro to Threads (4,366 page views)
  3. Python 201: Decorators (3,688 page views)
  4. Python 201: Properties (3,567 page views)
  5. Python: How to Create Rotating Logs (3,323 page views)

Thank you to all my readers! I look forward to sharing more articles with you this year.

This week we have Mariano Reingart as our PyDev of the Week. Mariano co-authored the web2py Application Development Cookbook for Packt Publishing and has recently done a partial port of wxQt for wxPython. Let’s spend some time with Mariano to see what he has to say!



Bhaskar Chaudhary is this week’s PyDev of the Week. He is the author Tkinter GUI Application Development HOTSHOT from Packt Publishing. You can read my review of the book here. Let’s spend some time getting to know Mr. Chaudhary!



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


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:

5 Dollar - Social Media

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

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