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Some Better Practices For Using Requests in API Clients

As someone who has written a few API client libraries and works on Requests a bit, I realize I have some overlapping knowledge that I need to share. There are some patterns I've found from building my own API client libraries and helping developers of other client libraries. I ...

Posted on 11 January 2017 by Ian Cordasco

Styling Gertty

In my position at Rackspace, I tend to spend a lot of time using OpenStack's instance of Gerrit to review proposed changes. When reviewing OpenStack changes, I prefer keyboard shortcuts and terminal interfaces so I can explore the affect of a change via my preferred text editor. To accommodate ...

Posted on 05 January 2017 by Ian Cordasco

SELinux and Samba on Fedora 25 Server

After setting up a home server running Fedora 25, we wanted to use it's large amounts of storage for images and such. Naturally, we reached for Samba to enable network file storage. We installed and configured it, but neither from macOS, nor from Linux could access files after mounting ...

Posted on 31 December 2016 by Ian Cordasco

On the Importance of Public Email Addresses

I have started to notice a trend. More and more people are aggressively attempting to integrate themselves into open source projects. Some are doing so spectacularly, while others are struggling. And the people who struggle seem to become agitated, aggressive, and their attempts to contribute discourage everyone involved.

Often, when ...

Posted on 15 November 2016 by Ian Cordasco

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