If it won't be simple, it simply won't be. [Hire me, source code] by Miki Tebeka, CEO, 353Solutions

Thursday, July 24, 2008

CGI trampoline for cross site AJAX

Most (all?) browsers won't let you do cross site AJAX calls.

One solution is JSONP (which is supported by jQuery). However not all servers support it.

The other solution is to create a "trampoline" in your site that returns the data from the remote site:

Sunday, July 20, 2008


#!/usr/bin/env python
'''Find under which SCM directory is'''

__author__ = "Miki Tebeka <miki.tebeka@gmail.com>"

from os import sep
from os.path import join, isdir, abspath
from itertools import ifilter, imap

def updirs(path):
parts = path.split(sep)
if not parts[0]:
parts[0] = sep # FIXME: Windows
while parts:
yield join(*parts)

def scmdirs(path, scms):
for scmext in scms:
yield join(path, scmext)

def scm(dirname):
return dirname[-3:].lower()

def scms(path, scms):
return imap(scm, ifilter(isdir, scmdirs(path, scms)))

def whichscm(path):
path = abspath(path)

for scm in scms(path, (".svn", "CVS")):
return scm

scmdirs = (".bzr", ".hg", ".git")
for dirname in updirs(path):
for scm in scms(dirname, (".bzr", ".hg", ".git")):
return scm

def main(argv=None):
if argv is None:
import sys
argv = sys.argv

from optparse import OptionParser

parser = OptionParser("usage: %prog [DIRNAME]")

opts, args = parser.parse_args(argv[1:])
if len(args) not in (0, 1):
parser.error("wrong number of arguments") # Will exit

dirname = args[0] if args else "."
if not isdir(dirname):
raise SystemExit("error: %s is not a directory" % dirname)

scm = whichscm(dirname)
if not scm:
raise SystemExit("error: can't find scm for %s" % dirname)

print scm

if __name__ == "__main__":

Thursday, July 17, 2008


#!/usr/bin/env python
'''Find out who is listening on a port'''

from os import popen
from os.path import isdir
import re

is_int = re.compile("\d+").match

def find_pid(port):
for line in popen("netstat -nlp 2>&1"):
match = re.search(":(%s)\\s+" % port, line)
if not match:

pidname = line.split()[-1].strip()
return pidname.split("/")[0]

return None

def find_cmdline(pid):
cmd = open("/proc/%s/cmdline" % pid, "rb").read()

return " ".join(cmd.split(chr(0)))

def find_pwd(pid):
data = open("/proc/%s/environ" % pid, "rb").read()
for line in data.split(chr(0)):
if line.startswith("PWD"):
return line.split("=")[1]

return None

def main(argv=None):
if argv is None:
import sys
argv = sys.argv

from optparse import OptionParser

parser = OptionParser("usage: %prog PORT")
opts, args = parser.parse_args(argv[1:])
if len(args) != 1:
parser.error("wrong number of arguments") # Will exit

port = args[0]
pid = find_pid(port)
if not (pid and is_int(pid)):
raise SystemExit(
"error: can't find who listens on port %s"
" [try again with sudo?] " % port)

if not isdir("/proc/%s" % pid):
raise SystemExit("error: can't find information on pid %s" % pid)

pwd = find_pwd(pid) or "<unknown>"
print "%s (pid=%s, pwd=%s)" % (find_cmdline(pid), pid, pwd)

if __name__ == "__main__":

Note: This does not work on OSX (no /proc and different netstat api)

Monday, July 14, 2008

Code in googlecode

I'll post all the code shown here in http://pythonwise.googlecode.com/.

I've uploaded most of the code from 2008 to 2006, will add the other stuff bit by bit.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Computer Load - The AJAX Way

Show computer load using jquery, flot and Python's BaseHTTPServer (all is less that 70 lines of code).

#!/usr/bin/env python
'''Server to show computer load'''

import re
from os import popen
from BaseHTTPServer import HTTPServer, BaseHTTPRequestHandler
from socket import gethostname

def load():
'''Very fancy computer load :)'''
output = popen("uptime").read()
match = re.search("load average(s)?:\\s+(\\d+\\.\\d+)", output)
return float(match.groups()[1]) * 100

HTML = '''
<script src="jquery.js"></script>
<script src="jquery.flot.js"></script>
<title>%s load</title>
<h1>%s load</h1>
<div id="chart" style="width:600px;height:400px;">
Loading ...
var samples = [];
var options = {
yaxis: {
min: 0,
max: 100
xaxis: {
ticks: []

function get_data() {
$.getJSON("/data", function(data) {
if (samples.length > 120) {

var xy = [];
for (var i = 0; i < samples.length; ++i) {
xy.push([i, samples[i]]);
$.plot($('#chart'), [xy], options);

$(document).ready(function() {
setInterval(get_data, 1000);
''' % (gethostname(), gethostname())

class RequestHandler(BaseHTTPRequestHandler):
def do_GET(self):
if self.path == "/":
elif self.path.endswith(".js"):
self.wfile.write(open(".%s" % self.path).read())
self.wfile.write("%.2f" % load())

if __name__ == "__main__":
server = HTTPServer(("", 8888), RequestHandler)

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

bazaar is slow - who cares?

BS: git is faster than mercurial is faster than bazaar!
ME: Frankly dear, I don't give a damn.
BS: But speed is important!
ME: It is. However when you choose a source control system (if you have the
privilege of doing so), there are many more things to consider:
  • Does it fit my work model?
  • Is it stable?
  • Will it stay for long?
  • What's the community like?
  • Is development active?
  • ...
  • Is it fast enough?
BS: But bazaar is the slowest
ME: For many, many projects, it's fast enough
BS: So who too choose?
ME: You do your own math. I chose `bazaar` because it has two features that
the others (to my knowledge) don't have:
  • It knows about directories (I like to check-in empty logs directory - it simplifies the logging code)
  • You can check-in files from another directory (see here)
And, it's fast enough for me (about 1sec for bzr st on ~200K LOC)

BS: OK! ... but git storage is better than mercurial is better than bazaar!
ME: <sigh> Why do I even bother? </sigh> ...

Next week - LISP is faster than Python ;)

BS = blogosphere
ME = me

UPDATE (2009/01/27)
Bazaar slowness started to annoy me too much. I felt that every "bzr st" was taking way to much time (not to mention the updated). So I switched to mercurial.

The difference in timing is even noticeable in the most trivial operations:

[09:19] $time hg --version > /dev/null

real 0m0.060s
user 0m0.048s
sys 0m0.012s
[09:20] fattoc $time bzr --version > /dev/null

real 0m0.191s
user 0m0.144s
sys 0m0.048s
[09:21] $

You feel this 0.13 seconds. It seems that hg --version return immediately but bzr --version takes it's time.

Sometimes speed *does* matter.

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