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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

Retries in Requests

This is the second in what I hope will be a series of explorations of advanced features in requests.

Websites and servers sometimes, misbehave. They can misbehave in a number of ways:

  • read errors
  • large numbers of redirects
  • failure to connect
  • 500 errors

What most people don't know is ...

Posted on 01 December 2014 by Ian Cordasco

Sending JSON in Requests

This is the first in what I hope will be a series of explorations of advanced and lesser known features in requests.

Recently, the requests team released version 2.4.3. In this version, we had a very significant new feature released that was contributed by Carol Willing. It has ...

Posted on 01 November 2014 by Ian Cordasco

Designing and Building OSAP

Initial Success

Following the advice of Jim "Big Tiger" Remsik, I made the Google Docs Forms that have started OSAP as a service. Thankfully, I have a more manageable way of helping apprentices find mentors than people emailing me directly. Due to those forms working so well, we already have ...

Posted on 09 September 2013 by Ian Cordasco

Starting OSAP

This past weekend was Madison Ruby and it was fantastic. After it finished on Saturday, I went to dinner with some super awesome people and we eventually started discussing open source. A couple of the people at the table expressed concerns and fears about contributing to existing open soure projects ...

Posted on 26 August 2013 by Ian Cordasco

Requests 1.2.0

tl;dr dispatch_hook now sends the keyword arguments that were originally sent with the request. Hook authors should modify their hooks to accept them and resend them.

This morning Kenneth published (on PyPI and Crate) requests 1.2.0 which included a lot of very important changes. One, which will ...

Posted on 31 March 2013 by Ian Cordasco