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Flake8 3.0 beta Released!

Today, I released Flake8 3.0.0b1. You can try it out by running:

pip install --pre flake8

This marks the start of the culmination of several months worth of work and a couple years of hammock driven development (mostly spent ruminating). You can read about the list of changes ...

Posted on 25 June 2016 by Ian Cordasco

Corporations and OSS Do Not Mix

I have been working on Open Source Software (in one way or another) since 2011 (just over 4 years since my first open source commit on a project). When I started writing open source software it was for fun. I was not a Computer Science/Engineering student. Programming was a ...

Posted on 02 November 2015 by Ian Cordasco

Betamax 0.5.0 Now With A PyTest Fixture

Tonight marks the release of Betamax 0.5.0. Beyond just reworking the documentation, it also marks the addition of two integrations with popular testing frameworks. Betamax now ships with a pytest fixture that provides an instantiated Session that is being recorded by Betamax. Let's look at how we ...

Posted on 15 July 2015 by Ian Cordasco

Moving PEP8 to the PyCQA

tl;dr pep8's repository has moved from Johann Rocholl's account to the Python Code-Quality Authority organization.

It's my great pleasure to announce that the pep8 project has moved to the PyCQA organization on GitHub and will hopefully enjoy an expanded team of maintainers as a result. This ...

Posted on 11 July 2015 by Ian Cordasco

Cutting Off the Internet, Part I

This year I gave the talk "Cutting Off the Internet: Testing Applications that Use Requests" at PyTennessee and PyCon. The recording of the talk is already online with my slides.

At the end of my talk, I promised to write a blog post going into far more detail and covering ...

Posted on 14 June 2015 by Ian Cordasco

Type Hints in Python 3.5

You may have already heard about this, but Guido van Rossum has co-authored PEP 484 [1] to standardize a basic set of Type Hints. If you've heard of PEP 484 already, this probably isn't the one-line summary you've heard about. In fact, if you've heard about ...

Posted on 24 April 2015 by Ian Cordasco

PyCon 2015 Recap

This year was my second year attending PyCon North America (a.k.a., PyCon US) and once again I loved every second of it.

tl;dr I didn't see a lot of talks in person but I spoke to a large number of people this year and made some ...
Posted on 13 April 2015 by Ian Cordasco

requests-toolbelt 0.4.0 released

It is my distinct pleasure to announce the 0.4.0 release of the requests toolbelt. This version comes almost a year after the release of 0.3.1.

A lot of work was put into the toolbelt in those 10 months though. We reorganized the documentation to make it ...

Posted on 03 April 2015 by Ian Cordasco 1.0.0a1 released

On August 2nd, 2013 I opened issue 122 on's issue tracker. The driving force behind the "Roadmap for 1.0" was to clean up an API that I fundamentally disliked. Yesterday, on December 7th, 2014, I released the first alpha version of 1.0. The following is ...

Posted on 08 December 2014 by Ian Cordasco