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Google Web Designer review – It’s the future?

Google Web Designer review

I’ve met today with the new Google Web Designer Beta – the new tool Google released for building adaptive, universally usable rich HTML based designes including ads.

The main purpose appears to be to provide a way to produce Adobe Flash-style animated in HTML5/CSS3 without using Flash.

“We think that Google Web Designer will be the key to making HTML5 accessible to people throughout the industry, getting us closer to the goal of ‘build once, run anywhere,’” Google engineer Sean Kranzberg posted

The Google Web Designer Youtube page is full of examples:

 

Google Web Designer

Starting Google Web Designer for the first time…

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Google Web Designer is available as a free (as in beer) download for Windows PC and Mac OS X, so at this stage, it won’t run on Linux, or Chromebooks.

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Google Web Designer loading

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Google Web Designer main screen

Product review

You have several presets to start from. You can start by creating a new Ad banner, or HTML / CSS / JS / XML as you can see:

gwb-presets

 

The UI is slick, and yet powerfull. You have great tools to work with creating your HTML file.

gwb-tools3D Object tools: You can move/rotate any object in 3D mode.

Text tool: You can write wherever you want in the document and not in HTML oriented direction (Position: absolute;)

Tag tool: Create blocks (DIV) of objects.

Pen tool: You can draw vectors. Just like Flash or Illustrator.

You can also find the Stroke tool and Fill tool as expected. also you can find the normal Zoom tool, Selection tool and Hand tool

One idea. Any screen.

Google Web Designer helps you create a responsive HTML. everything you create is accessible on any screen – desktop, tablet or mobile – without compatibility issues.

Amplify with code

If you’re feeling more hands-on, all the code behind your designs is hand-editable.

Two animation modes

In Quick mode, build your animations scene by scene and google web designer take care of the frames in between. In Advanced mode, animate individual elements using layers, easily changing the location of elements within the stack.

Full 3D authoring environment

Create and manipulate 3D content utilizing an array of tools and the power of CSS3. Rotate objects and even 2D designs along any axis, visualizing 3D transformations and translations as you author.

 

 

Summary

Although other Hacker News users reckon the code that GWD generates compares unfavorably to Microsoft FrontPage 2000. I found the code to be somehow fine, if inspected and modified manually. This tool is great for creating HTML parts (widgets) that are cross browser responsible (like ads, menu, carousel, etc.).

I still gonna play with Google Web Designer for sometime, but I must admit I was never the ‘HTML generator’ guy.. I don’t think that tools like that will take the job for the great HTML/CSS designers out there… How write their code using decent IDE.

It’s worth noting that projects like Adobe Muse/Dreamweaver, Reflow and others include most of Web Designer’s features, too. But by making Web Designer available for free, Google is putting quite a bit of pressure on the competitors.

 

That’s it. What do you think about Google Web Designer?

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Django CentOS 6.4 installation instructions for noobs.

Django Centos 6.4 installation instructions for noobs.

So you want to build your first django centos 6.4 based web site? This is quite easy to install and configure. I’ll cover how to install Python/Django on your centos.

Django Centos

Prerequisite

  • CentOS 6.4 (For the matter of fact, this tutuorial is good for all the CentOS 6.x series)
  • Apache (httpd)

 

What is Python?

Python is a general-purpose, high-level programming language whose design philosophy emphasizes code readability. Its syntax is said to be clear and expressive.” from Wikipedia.

Visit http://www.python.org/

 

What is Django?

“Django is a high-level Python Web framework that encourages rapid development and clean, pragmatic design.” from https://www.djangoproject.com/

Installing Python

Prerequisites

you may need the EPEL repositories for Centos.

cd /opt/
wget http://mirrors.nl.eu.kernel.org/fedora-epel/6/i386/epel-release-6-8.noarch.rpm
rpm -Uvh epel-release-6-8.noarch.rpm
rm epel-release-6-8.noarch.rpm -f

 

Installation Process

Simple as:

yum install python

test python by typing: “python” and you should see something similar to: (CTRL+D to exit)

At the time of writing (September 30 2013), the version of python@EPEL is 2.6.6

Django works with any Python version from 2.6.5 to 2.7. It also features experimental support for versions 3.2 and 3.3. All these versions of Python include a lightweight database called SQLite so you won’t need to set up a database just yet unless you need other SQL

 

Installing SQL

Django works with several DB engines. for simplicity, Install SQLite:

yum install sqlite

If you need other SQL Server else then SQLite,  you can follow:
MySQL/MongoDB/CouchDB on RHEL/Centos 6.3
If you don’t need SQL and you installed Python 2.5 or later, you can skip this step for now.

 

 

 

 

Installing Django

You can install using EPEL repositories any yum (like in the old article I wrote), but I recommend to use the easy_install method from the python-setuptools package, which I’ll show next:

yum install python-setuptools
easy_install django

 

Testing Django

Test Django by typing python on your command and then:

import django
print django.get_version()

python-django-1.5.4

As you can see, the RPM version is version 1.5.4, while the current release in the EPEL version is 1.3.1. Internationalization: in template code is not available in 1.3.1 for example but only from Django 1.4

 

 

Creating Project

From the command, cd into a directory where you’d like to store your app, then run the following command:

django-admin.py startproject mysite
cd mysite

 Note: if you are installing Django using EPEL repos, the command will be django-admin and not django-admin.py.

Starting Server

python manage.py runserver

You’ve started the Django development server, a lightweight Web server – easier to startwithout having to deal with configuring a production server — such as Apache — until you’re ready for production.

Browse to http://127.0.0.1:8000/ with your Web browser. You’ll see a “Welcome to Django” page. It worked!

To change port:

python manage.py runserver 8080

If you need to start the server to answer not only locally, use:

python manage.py runserver 0.0.0.0:8000

 

Remember: Apache loads Django environment when starting and keep running it even when source is changed! I suggest you to use Django ‘runserver’ (which automatically restarts on source code changes) in development sessions, unless you need some Apache-specific features.

 

Configure more…

Config Database

Edit mysite/settings.py. It’s a normal Python module with module-level variables representing Django settings.

Help here.

 

Django using Apache

To run your Django application inside apache – use either mod_python or mod_wsgi, Support for mod_python will be deprecated in a future release of Django. If you are configuring a new deployment, you are strongly encouraged to consider using mod_wsgi or any of the other supported backends.

 

OPTION A: Install mod_python (NOT recommended)

For this to work, you must have apache installed and configured.

yum install mod_python

python using mod_python

you need to configure you apache/VirtualHost to:


    AddHandler mod_python .py
    PythonHandler mod_python.publisher | .py
    AddHandler mod_python .psp .psp_
    PythonHandler mod_python.psp | .psp .psp_
    PythonDebug On

 

Testing mod_python

Create a ‘test.py’ file in your apache server. put inside:

<% req.write("Hello World!") %>

and browse to www.your.server/test.py and you should see the “Hello World!” there.

Django using mod_python

Edit your httpd.conf file:


<Location "/mysite/">
    SetHandler python-program
    PythonHandler django.core.handlers.modpython
    SetEnv DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE mysite.settings
    PythonOption django.root /mysite
    PythonDebug On
</Location>

read more…

 

 

Option B: Install mod_wsgi (RECOMMENDED)

Deploying Django with Apache and mod_wsgi is the recommended way to get Django into production.

yum install mod_wsgi

 

to use mod_wsgi, create an apache folder inside your project and create a django.wsgi file:

import os, sys
sys.path.append('/var/www/django')
sys.path.append('/var/www/django/mysite')
os.environ['DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE'] = 'mysite.settings'

import django.core.handlers.wsgi

application = django.core.handlers.wsgi.WSGIHandler()

 

and configure your apache with:

<VirtualHost *:80>

ServerName www.example.com
ServerAlias www.example.com
WSGIScriptAlias / /var/www/django/mysite/apache/django.wsgi

# Alias /robots.txt /var/www/django/mysite/static/robots.txt
# Alias /favicon.ico /var/www/django/mysite/static/favicon.ico
Alias /static/admin/ /usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/django/contrib/admin/media/
Alias /static/ /var/www/django/mysite/static/
Alias /media/ /var/www/django/mysite/media/

<Directory /var/www/django/mysite>
Order allow,deny
Allow from all
</Directory>

<Directory /var/www/django/mysite/media>
Order deny,allow
Allow from all
</Directory>

<Directory /var/www/django/mysite/static>
Order deny,allow
Allow from all
</Directory>
</VirtualHost>

 

read more on: multiple django sites with apache & mod_wsgi

 

 

That’s it!

 

You’ve Python / Django installed on your Centos 6.4 and a new project template waiting for you to work on.

 

Continue reading…

* this article is an edited version of an older article.

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Jinja2 vs Tenjin: Why I moved (back) from Jinja2 to Tenjin

Jinja2 vs Tenjin: The Story

I started a new project: for learning purposes: to learn python gevent api and to implement a simple server – with Authentication & Websockets.

First thing after handling routings and starting server with the famous ‘hello, world!’ message was to find a suitable Framework, if any.

After a search I found Bottle which I think is amazing microframework. Flask was also great, but I loved the idea of a microframework without template engine so I could choose my own.

As I worked with many Template engines in many different languages and environments (.NET/Ruby/Node.js/Python/PHP/and more). I know I can handle any syntax, so the first thing I’ve looked for is the fastest Python template engine.

I’ve choosed to try Tenjin, It worked great, looked bad. the syntax was messy, there was that .cache file near my.pyhtml files… But it worked great and FAST!

I’ve got to admit that SpitFire catched me, and I’d choose it for several reasons:

  • Really FAST!!
  • Trivial Cheetah templates will probably compile in Spitfire

But as I ‘m not using Cheetah and the Languages support Tenjin offers – for me It is Winning case for Tenjin.

 

Jinja2 vs Tenjin

I decided to try more template engine, slower – but friendly : Jinja2.

Tenjin syntax , which was somewhat ugly, and Jinja2 was just beautirful, and reminds me Django’s and Twig which I like… So, I;ve decided to try Jinja2 and to feel the difference.

Found no problems there, Jinja2 was working great, and the .html files are looking great in compare to Tenjin,.. more readable, no .cache file – and .html instead of .pyhtml. I’ve choosed to stick with Jinja2… for now…..

…meanwhile.. on another project I’m working on in Django, I’ve tried to implement Googles AngularJS and found my self in a very bad situation. the AngluarJS Template Engine was similar to Django’s one! There are several solutions and fixes for this, some are really messy but I fixed it… and I’ve learned a very important lesson… Templates engines used today in both sides: both client & server, and this should be taken into consideration when choosing template engines.

The true title of this article should be: Why I moved from Tenjin to Jinja2 and why I moved from Jinja2 to Tenjin again..

As Jinja is very similar to Django (and angular) I found my self thinking about Tenjin again…

  • It’s faster then Jinja.. it’s faster then most teamplte engines!.. ,
  • it support many languages which make the project more trasferable and convertable between servers (Supports PHP, Perl, Ruby & Python).
  • It supports JS templating – wchich I haven’t tried yet,
  • It’s different then the mainstream template engines with {{ }} and {*  *} so mixing Template engines with client side template engines should be safer.

  

Summary

I know it’s not a classical -vs- article which compares between features, and there is a lot to cover in the topic of jinja2 vs tenjin and the feautres of both,.. I choosed to wrote instead on my view and decisions… what made me go back to Tenjin and leave Jinja 2 behind.. This is my story of Jinja2 vs Tenjin… In my case, Tenjin won, but I MUST say that Jinja2 is GREAT!, also: SpitFire, Mako Template, Cheetah, Genshi & others… as always: each tool for different task… It’s your call…

 

 EDIT:

I learned about Jinja2 inheritance feature which is missing in Tenjin. If you need Template Inheritance go for Tenjin (or other).

 

What do you think? Which Python Template engine do you use? and why?

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FIXED: UnicodeEncodeError ‘ascii’ codec can’t encode characters in position ordinal not in range(128)

The Error

This is a solution for UnicodeEncodeError raised when saving a ‘POST’ in Django form where filename is in different encoding then ‘ASCII’. ( ‘ascii’ codec can’t encode characters in position )

'ascii' codec can't encode characters in position

‘ascii’ codec can’t encode characters in position

Posting the form raising error in Django:

UnicodeEncodeError at /upload/add/
‘ascii’ codec can’t encode characters in position 52-54: ordinal not in range(128)

UnicodeEncodeError raised when saving a ‘POST’ in Django form where filename is in UTF-8 encoding and converted by Django to ‘ASCII’.

Posting the form raising error in Django:

Trackback

File “/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/django/core/handlers/base.py” in get_response
111. response = callback(request, *callback_args, **callback_kwargs)
File “/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/django/views/generic/base.py” in view
47. return self.dispatch(request, *args, **kwargs)
File “/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/django/views/generic/base.py” in dispatch
68. return handler(request, *args, **kwargs)
File “/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/django/views/generic/edit.py” in post
138. return self.form_valid(form)
File “/var/www/websites/mysite/fileupload/views.py” in form_valid
54. obj.save()
File “/var/www/websites/mysite/fileupload/models.py” in save
25. super(Picture, self).save(*args, **kwargs)
File “/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/django/db/models/base.py” in save
460. self.save_base(using=using, force_insert=force_insert, force_update=force_update)
File “/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/django/db/models/base.py” in save_base
543. for f in meta.local_fields if not isinstance(f, AutoField)]
File “/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/django/db/models/fields/files.py” in pre_save
255. file.save(file.name, file, save=False)
File “/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/django/db/models/fields/files.py” in save
92. self.name = self.storage.save(name, content)
File “/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/django/core/files/storage.py” in save
48. name = self.get_available_name(name)
File “/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/django/core/files/storage.py” in get_available_name
74. while self.exists(name):
File “/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/django/core/files/storage.py” in exists
218. return os.path.exists(self.path(name))
File “/usr/lib64/python2.6/genericpath.py” in exists
18. st = os.stat(path)

Exception Type: UnicodeEncodeError at /upload/add/
Exception Value: ‘ascii’ codec can’t encode characters in position 52-54: ordinal not in range(128)

 

The Code

In the model I have:

file = models.ImageField(upload_to=”pictures”)

 

the error raised on the line in the view.py:

obj.save()

 

 

Explanation of the error

Ticket #11030 is talking about this error.

Reverted a change that assumed the file system encoding was utf8, and changed a test to demonstrate how that assumption corrupted uploaded non-ASCII file names on systems that don’t use utf8 as their file system encoding (Windows for one, specifically).

Some servers do not have the necessary files to allow successfully setting the locale to one that supports utf-8 encoding. See here.

The meaning of this is that Django assumes the file system is non UTF-8 and validates that the filename is ASCII. The error raised when the file name is in UTF-8.

 

 

Test FileSystem

The problem may be in different places. We need to search for the problem:

Sys.getfilesystemencoding()

from here:

Django is passing a unicode string “path” to the os.stat() function. On many operating systems, Python must actually pass a bytestring, not unicode, to the underlying OS routine that implements “stat”.  Therefore Python must convert the unicode string to a bytestring using some encoding. The encoding it uses is whatever is returned by os.getfilesystemencoding

To get the system encoding using the sys.getfilesystemencoding(), enter python at bash and then:

import sys
sys.getfilesystemencoding()

If the output is:

‘UTF-8’

You don’t have problem with your system encoding.

If the problem is here, and you get back ‘ASCII’, change it according to your system.

 

Locale

Check the locale Object (again in python shell)

import locale
locale.getdefaultlocale()

Again, if the output is: (‘en_US’, ‘UTF8’) – the problem is not here. if it is – change it according to your system.

If the system is ok, then probably the problem is with you web server (Apache, Nginx, etc)

 

Test Apache

Are you using apache? mod_wsgi? Maybe the problem is here.

 

LC_ALL & LANG

To see locale on your centos type at bash:

locale

You should see something like this:

# locale
LANG=en_US.UTF-8
LC_CTYPE=”en_US.UTF-8″
LC_NUMERIC=”en_US.UTF-8″
LC_TIME=”en_US.UTF-8″
LC_COLLATE=”en_US.UTF-8″
LC_MONETARY=”en_US.UTF-8″
LC_MESSAGES=”en_US.UTF-8″
LC_PAPER=”en_US.UTF-8″
LC_NAME=”en_US.UTF-8″
LC_ADDRESS=”en_US.UTF-8″
LC_TELEPHONE=”en_US.UTF-8″
LC_MEASUREMENT=”en_US.UTF-8″
LC_IDENTIFICATION=”en_US.UTF-8″
LC_ALL=en_US.UTF-8

if you see:

LC_ALL=

then probable using this python script:

import locale
locale.getlocale()

will return (None, None)

type for all available locale:

locale -a

 

Unfortunately LANG is often set incorrectly when running under Apache. Documenting the need to set LANG properly under Apache is the subject of #10426,

In [11170] Added note on language variables required for Apache to survive non-ASCII file uploads:

If you get a UnicodeEncodeError
===============================

If you’re taking advantage of the internationalization features of Django (see
:ref:`topics-i18n`) and you intend to allow users to upload files, you must
ensure that the environment used to start Apache is configured to accept
non-ASCII file names. If your environment is not correctly configured, you
will trigger “UnicodeEncodeError“ exceptions when calling functions like
“os.path()“ on filenames that contain non-ASCII characters.

To avoid these problems, the environment used to start Apache should contain
settings analogous to the following::

export LANG=’en_US.UTF-8′
export LC_ALL=’en_US.UTF-8′

Consult the documentation for your operating system for the appropriate syntax
and location to put these configuration items; “/etc/apache2/envvars“ is a
common location on Unix platforms. Once you have added these statements
to your environment, restart Apache.

Check your Django app settings.py to see if  I18N is enabled:

USE_I18N = True

 

Check locale using Django View/Template

Create view:

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import locale
import sys
 
def view_locale(request):
    loc_info = "getlocale: " + str(locale.getlocale()) + \
        "<br/>getdefaultlocale(): " + str(locale.getdefaultlocale()) + \
        "<br/>fs_encoding: " + str(sys.getfilesystemencoding()) + \
        "<br/>sys default encoding: " + str(sys.getdefaultencoding())
        "<br/>sys default encoding: " + str(sys.getdefaultencoding())
    return HttpResponse(loc_info)
import locale
import sys

def view_locale(request):
    loc_info = "getlocale: " + str(locale.getlocale()) + \
        "<br/>getdefaultlocale(): " + str(locale.getdefaultlocale()) + \
        "<br/>fs_encoding: " + str(sys.getfilesystemencoding()) + \
        "<br/>sys default encoding: " + str(sys.getdefaultencoding())
        "<br/>sys default encoding: " + str(sys.getdefaultencoding())
    return HttpResponse(loc_info)

and also create a url pattern:

    url(r’^locale/$’, ‘myapp.views.view_locale’),

Browse to ‘yoursite.com/locale‘, to check for problems:

getlocale: (None, None)
getdefaultlocale(): (None, None)
fs_encoding: ANSI_X3.4-1968
sys default encoding: ascii

If the view return something like the above, and everything we checked is ok until now, It’s mean that maybe the problem is with your web-server (apache, nginx, etc.):

 

Solution for Apache encoding problem

Set LANG & LC_ALL

non-ascii filenames with the Django storage system with the default apache settings on most systems will trigger UnicodeEncodeError exceptions when calling functions like os.path(). To avoid these issues, ensure that the following lines are included in your apache envvars file (typically found in /etc/apache2/envvars).

export LANG='en_US.UTF-8'
export LC_ALL='en_US.UTF-8'

To see your active envvars use:

printenv

This error likely wont rear its head during development on the test server as, when run from the command line, the ./manage.py script inherits the users language and locale settings.

Consult the documentation for your operating system for the appropriate syntax and location to put these configuration items; /etc/apache2/envvars is a common location on Unix platforms (Not all Apache distributions have a envvars file). Once you have added these statements to your environment, restart Apache.

if the ‘envvars’ file doesn’t exist. In that case you will need
to modify the environment of the startup script which is used to
startup Apache in the first place. I believe that for most Linux
systems this can be done by modifying:

/etc/sysconfig/httpd

or

/etc/init.d/httpd

or

/etc/init.d/apache

depending on the distro.

 

If everything fine, when you’ll add those lines and restart the httpd (apache) server you should get at the /locale view:

getlocale: (‘en_US’, ‘UTF8’)
getdefaultlocale(): (‘en_US’, ‘UTF8’)
fs_encoding: UTF-8
sys default encoding: utf-8

And your app should work now!

Some had also add the lines to ~/.bashrc or to the .htaccess, but I haven’t tested it.

 

Do not use the .wsgi script!

I tried to add the LANG and LC_ALL to the .wsgi instead (from some instructions) and failed becuase:

Some are adding the LANG & LC_ALL to the .WSGI loading script:

os.environ['LANG']='en_US.UTF-8'
os.environ['LC_ALL']='en_US.UTF-8'

Using the view we created earlier (if you had problem) you can see now that

getdefaultlocale(): (‘en_US’, ‘UTF8’).

But the others function may still return ASCII values:

getlocale: (None, None)
getdefaultlocale(): (‘en_US’, ‘UTF8’)
fs_encoding: ANSI_X3.4-1968
sys default encoding: ascii

adding:

import sys
reload(sys)
sys.setdefaultencoding('utf-8')

And now you can see that the sys default encoding is: UTF-8.
reload is important This is python 2.x problem, not the django.

BUT

as you can see:

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(sys.getfilesystemencoding()

return:

ANSI_X3.4-1968

and that is the problem we have. Django doesn’t recognize the filesystem as UTF-8

SetEnv directive does not modify process environment variables, except
for CGI scripts spawned from Apache. In Apache/mod_wsgi they only
affect the per request WSGI environment.

Setting them in the WSGI script file also will have no affect, as
Python works out the default encoding when the interpreter is first
initialised, which means that doing it in the script file is too late.

What this is mean that you should insert export the LANG and LC_ALL earlier.

 

 

Test AddDefaultCharset (httpd.conf)

Check the httpd.conf for:

AddDefaultCharset

The problem may be there.

You can try to set it to

AddDefaultCharset UTF-8

or to off:

AddDefaultCharset Off

Test Nginx

If you have nginx installed, Add 

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 section in main Nginx config file (

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) or in section 

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 in your virtual server config file.

Read more about Nginx HttpCharsetModule.

 

Django Admin

So, you’ve fixed the app.. now you can upload non ascii files but the Django admin return UnicodeEncodeError when you try to view the row in the admin panel?

Just fix your model __UNICODE__ function to return unicode (u”):

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   return u'%s' % (self.file)
def __unicode__(self):
   return u'%s' % (self.file)

 

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Python vs PyPy installation and comparison (on Centos 6.x)

Python vs PyPy

in this article: Python vs PyPy I’ll explain how-to install both compilers (Python (CPython) and PyPy) on CentOS and the difference between them.

Requirements for examples:

  • Centos 6.x

 

Overview

The Download section of the Python official website (python.org) include list of several Alternative Implementations for python complier. some of them for Linux, some for Windows (.NET) and others.

I am going to review the default Python compiler vs PyPy on my CentOS 6.x machine.

 

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Python (nicknamed CPython)

Installation

yum install python

From Official website:

Python is a programming language that lets you work more quickly and integrate your systems more effectively. You can learn to use Python and see almost immediate gains in productivity and lower maintenance costs.

Python (nicknamed CPython) is the default Python Compiler you get with you installing Python.

Example

Create a file named ‘example.py‘ and fill it with:

print 'Hello, world!'

and type on bash:

python example.py

Note: you can also insert the following line as the first line in your .py file and then chmod +x this file to execute it as script:

#!/usr/lib/env python
print “Hello, world!”

and then on bash:

chmod +x example.py

and you can run the script (code) using:

./example.py

 

 

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PyPy

fast python implementation with a JIT compiler (generate native code on the fly) written in RPython and currently translated partly to C.
Arguments against PyPy compiled in Python are everywhere, but when C compiler gcc is implemented in C, is there any reason for the Python compiler to not be written in Python?

From Wikipedia:

PyPy is a Python interpreter and just-in-time compiler. PyPy focuses on speed, efficiency and compatibility with the original CPython interpreter.[1]

PyPy started out as a Python interpreter written in the Python language itself. Current PyPy versions are translated from RPython to C code and compiled. The PyPy JIT compiler is capable of turning Python code into machine code at run time.

 

Mission

The mission of PyPy is:

We aim to provide:

  • a common translation and support framework for producing implementations of dynamic languages, emphasizing a clean separation between language specification and implementation aspects. We call this the RPython toolchain.
  • a compliant, flexible and fast implementation of the Python Language which uses the above toolchain to enable new advanced high-level features without having to encode the low-level details. We call this PyPy.

By separating concerns in this way, our implementation of Python – and other dynamic languages – is able to automatically generate a Just-in-Time compiler for any dynamic language. It also allows a mix-and-match approach to implementation decisions, including many that have historically been outside of a user’s control, such as target platform, memory and threading models, garbage collection strategies, and optimizations applied, including whether or not to have a JIT in the first place.

 

How can it possibly beat CPython?

Manual memory management (which is what CPython does with its counting) can be slower than automatic management in some cases.

Limitations in the implementation of the CPython interpreter preclude certain optimisations that PyPy can do (eg. fine grained locks).

The JIT. Being able to on the fly confirm the type of an object can save you the need to do multiple pointer dereferences to finally arrive at the method you want to call.

 

Installation

yum install pypy

 

Using PyPy

To use pypy instead of your default CPython compiler you need to run your .py file with the pypy compiler.

to use pypy compiler you type at bash:

and type on bash:

pypy myapp.py

 

Summary

Python compiler (CPython) is the default and probably the safe choice so most python applications and modules will work; where PyPy can break some.

You should play with them both. Install them both on your CentOS and test / benchmark your applications using both compilers.

PyPy can rebust your web applcations (or any other code).

For example, Django app can be run on top of PyPy, with drawbacks.

 

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gevent CentOS 6.x Installation Guide

gevent CentOS 6.x Installation Guide

gevent CentOS 6.x Installation Guide

Installation

Requirments

  • yum install python python-devel
  • yum install libevent-devel

 

Install Setuptools

install python-setuptools (for easy_install)

yum install python-setuptools

Install greenlet

Install greenlet:

easy_install greenlet

Install gevent

There are several ways to install gevent:

using easy_install (recommended)

easy as:

easy_install gevent

centos gevent

from source

You need wget to download source:

yum install wget

Now, installing gevent: (Check here for the latest package)

cd /tmp wget http://pypi.python.org/packages/source/g/gevent/gevent-0.13.8.tar.gz tar -xvzf gevent-0.13.8.tar.gz cd gevent-0.13.8 python setup.py install

U may need to add –no-check-certificate to the wget if something is wrong.

from GitHub

You can also install gevent from github using pip.

Test

to test simply run in bash:

python

and then:

import gevent

if no error found, you have installed it correctly python-import-gevent

First App

Example taken from the community documentation:

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from gevent.wsgi import WSGIServer
 
def application(environ, start_response):
    status = '200 OK'
    body = '<p>Hello World</p>'
 
    headers = [
        ('Content-Type', 'text/html')
    ]
 
    start_response(status, headers)
    return [body]
 
WSGIServer(('', 8000), application).serve_forever()
from gevent.wsgi import WSGIServer

def application(environ, start_response):
    status = '200 OK'
    body = '<p>Hello World</p>'

    headers = [
        ('Content-Type', 'text/html')
    ]

    start_response(status, headers)
    return [body]

WSGIServer(('', 8000), application).serve_forever()

copy the example into a file (server.py for ex), and start the server by:

python server.py

and that’s it! browse to the machine on port 8000 using something like this:

http://[ip of the machine]:8000

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What’s next..?

 

Production

In production you can host your gevent after several WSGI server racks like: Gunicorn, Circus, Meinheld, uWSGI, etc..

Gunicorn is the most common WSGI server to host gevent applications. one benchmark shows that Circus is faster then Gunicorn. other tested uWSGI vs Gunicorn and found that uWSGI is faster.

recommend you run them behind a reverse proxy such as nginx. Additional advantages of running them behind a reverse proxy include improved handling of slow clients and bad HTTP requests

 

SocketIO

You need socketio? you may want to install it:

easy_install gevent-socketio

 

Read more…

 

need microframework? (flask/bottle)?

You can use a python web framework on top of gevent.

 

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PHP GitHub followers count script (v3.0 API)

Php GitHub Followers Count

The following PHP GitHub Followers Count script is using the v3.0 GitHub API.

 

Overview

 I’ll explain how to get your github  followers count using PHP.

 

Get Followers Count



<?php
function curl_get_contents($url)
{
$ch = curl_init();
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_URL, $url);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_FOLLOWLOCATION, 1);
curl_setopt($ch,CURLOPT_USERAGENT,'Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.8.1.13) Gecko/20080311 Firefox/2.0.0.13');
$data = curl_exec($ch);
curl_close($ch);
return $data;
}
$github_data = json_decode(curl_get_contents('https://api.github.com/users/your-user-name'), true);
$github_followers_count = $github_data['followers'];
echo $github_followers_count;
?>

 

 

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PHP Twitter Followers Count script (v1.1 API)

Php Twitter Followers Count

The following PHP Twitter Followers Count script is using the new v1.1 Twitter API.

 

Overview

Recently, Twitter have changed their API and v1.0 is obselete. The new API requires OAuth. I’ll explain how to get your twitter followers count using PHP.

 

Create Application

First, you’ll need to get yourself a twitter dev account, if you haven’t done so yet.

Go here and register your app free.

 

TwitterAPIExchange

Download the TwitterAPIExchange library files created by J7mbo into your application.

you can

git clone https://github.com/J7mbo/twitter-api-php
.

I recommend the git method as you can git pull later to recieve updated.

 

Get Followers Count

Insert your OATH and Consumer Access-Token & Access-Token secret the the following code. Also, change the $getfield screen name to yours.

Now combine everything to make it work


require_once('TwitterAPIExchange.php');

/** Set access tokens here - see: https://dev.twitter.com/apps/ **/
$settings = array(
'oauth_access_token' => "YOUR_OAUTH_ACCESS_TOKEN",
'oauth_access_token_secret' => "YOUR_OAUTH_ACCESS_TOKEN_SECRET",
'consumer_key' => "YOUR_CONSUMER_KEY",
'consumer_secret' => "YOUR_CONSUMER_SECRET"
);

$ta_url = 'https://api.twitter.com/1.1/statuses/user_timeline.json';
$getfield = '?screen_name=replace_me;
$requestMethod = 'GET';
$twitter = new TwitterAPIExchange($settings);
$follow_count=$twitter->setGetfield($getfield)
->buildOauth($ta_url, $requestMethod)
->performRequest();
$data = json_decode($follow_count, true);
$followers_count=$data[0]['user']['followers_count'];
echo $followers_count;

 

Notes

I’ve placed the entire twitter-api-php folder inside my project. you can extract the files also, but make sure to require_once() from the correct path.

require_once(‘twitter-api-php/TwitterAPIExchange.php’);

if you’ve placed it inside the folder, or

require_once(‘TwitterAPIExchange.php’); if you extracted the files to the same folder as your script.

 

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CentOS Tornado server installation tutorial

Centos Tornado Server Installation Tutorial

 

Install using repository

yum install python-tornado

 

First ‘Hello World’ App

I’ve copied the hello world sample from Tornado documentation:

Create a new file called ‘hello.py‘ (or any other name) and fill it with:

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import tornado.ioloop
import tornado.web
class MainHandler(tornado.web.RequestHandler):
   def get(self):
      self.write("Hello, world")
 
application = tornado.web.Application([
   (r"/", MainHandler),
])
 
if __name__ == "__main__":
   application.listen(8888)
   tornado.ioloop.IOLoop.instance().start()
import tornado.ioloop
import tornado.web
class MainHandler(tornado.web.RequestHandler):
   def get(self):
      self.write("Hello, world")

application = tornado.web.Application([
   (r"/", MainHandler),
])

if __name__ == "__main__":
   application.listen(8888)
   tornado.ioloop.IOLoop.instance().start()

Now start your server with simply typing at bash:

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Now you can visit ‘127.0.0.1:8888‘ to watch your hello world first torando app.

It should return the ‘Hello, world‘ output into your browser.

 

Nginx

Good implementation of your server would be behind nginx server, where you can run multiple instances of your app on different port and serve them all throw port 80 using nginx load balancer.

http://www.tornadoweb.org/en/latest/overview.html#running-tornado-in-production

 

After you know how to start a torando server, you can jump into the documentation and learn how-to build your first Torando server!

 

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WordPress SSL Encryption using Apache and mod_ssl

Overview

WordPress SSL Encryption has several options so you can encrypt just the Log-in page, the entire Admin area or the entire WordPress instance.
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Django Centos 6 Beginners Installation Guide

NOTE: This article was rewritten for CentOS 6.4. please read the updated post.

 

Django Centos 6

So you want your first django centos based web site? This is quite easy to install and configure. I’ll cover how to install Python/Django on your centos.

Django Centos

Prerequisite

  • Centos 6.x
  • Apache (httpd)

 

What is Python?

Python is a general-purpose, high-level programming language whose design philosophy emphasizes code readability. Its syntax is said to be clear and expressive.” from Wikipedia.

Visit http://www.python.org/

 

What is Django?

“Django is a high-level Python Web framework that encourages rapid development and clean, pragmatic design.” from https://www.djangoproject.com/

Installing Python

Prerequisites

you may need the EPEL repositories for Centos.

cd /opt/
wget http://mirrors.nl.eu.kernel.org/fedora-epel/6/i386/epel-release-6-8.noarch.rpm
rpm -Uvh epel-release-6-8.noarch.rpm
rm epel-release-6-8.noarch.rpm -f

 

Installation Process

Simple as:

yum install python

test python by typing: “python” and you should see something similar to:

As for this time being of writing (June 18 2012), the version of python@EPEL is 2.6.6

Django works with any Python version from 2.6.5 to 2.7. It also features experimental support for versions 3.2 and 3.3. All these versions of Python include a lightweight database called SQLite so you won’t need to set up a database just yet unless you need other SQL

 

Installing SQL

If you need other SQL Server else then SQLite,  you can follow:
MySQL/MongoDB/CouchDB on RHEL/Centos 6.3
If you don’t need SQL and you installed Python 2.5 or later, you can skip this step for now.

 

 

 

 

Installing Django

yum install Django

 

Testing Django

Test Django by typing python on your command and then:

import django
print django.get_version()

As you can see, the RPM version is version 1.3.1, while the current release version is 1.4.1. while you are not too far behind using EPEL, you won’t get to play with the last options. Internationalization: in template code is not available in 1.3.1 for example but only from Django 1.4

 

 

Creating Project

From the command, cd into a directory where you’d like to store your app, then run the following command:

django-admin startproject mysite
cd mysite

 

Starting Server

python manage.py runserver

You’ve started the Django development server, a lightweight Web server – easier to startwithout having to deal with configuring a production server — such as Apache — until you’re ready for production.

Browse to http://127.0.0.1:8000/ with your Web browser. You’ll see a “Welcome to Django” page. It worked!

To change port:

python manage.py runserver 8080

If you need to start the server to answer not only locally, use:

python manage.py runserver 0.0.0.0:8000

 

Remember: Apache loads Django environment when starting and keep running it even when source is changed! I suggest you to use Django ‘runserver’ (which automatically restarts on source code changes) in development sessions, unless you need some Apache-specific features.

 

Configure more…

Config Database

Edit mysite/settings.py. It’s a normal Python module with module-level variables representing Django settings.

Help here.

 

Django using Apache

To run your Django application inside apache – use either mod_python or mod_wsgi, Support for mod_python will be deprecated in a future release of Django. If you are configuring a new deployment, you are strongly encouraged to consider using mod_wsgi or any of the other supported backends.

 

Install mod_python

For this to work, you must have apache installed and configured.

yum install mod_python

python using mod_python

you need to configure you apache/VirtualHost to:


    AddHandler mod_python .py
    PythonHandler mod_python.publisher | .py
    AddHandler mod_python .psp .psp_
    PythonHandler mod_python.psp | .psp .psp_
    PythonDebug On

 

Testing mod_python

Create a ‘test.py’ file in your apache server. put inside:

<% req.write("Hello World!") %>

and browse to www.your.server/test.py and you should see the “Hello World!” there.

Django using mod_python

Edit your httpd.conf file:


<Location "/mysite/">
    SetHandler python-program
    PythonHandler django.core.handlers.modpython
    SetEnv DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE mysite.settings
    PythonOption django.root /mysite
    PythonDebug On
</Location>

read more…

 

 

Install mod_wsgi

Deploying Django with Apache and mod_wsgi is the recommended way to get Django into production.

yum install mod_wsgi

 

to use mod_wsgi, create an apache folder inside your project and create a django.wsgi file:

import os, sys
sys.path.append('/var/www/django')
sys.path.append('/var/www/django/mysite')
os.environ['DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE'] = 'mysite.settings'

import django.core.handlers.wsgi

application = django.core.handlers.wsgi.WSGIHandler()

 

and configure your apache with:

<VirtualHost *:80>

ServerName www.example.com
ServerAlias www.example.com
WSGIScriptAlias / /var/www/django/mysite/apache/django.wsgi

# Alias /robots.txt /var/www/django/mysite/static/robots.txt
# Alias /favicon.ico /var/www/django/mysite/static/favicon.ico
Alias /static/admin/ /usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/django/contrib/admin/media/
Alias /static/ /var/www/django/mysite/static/
Alias /media/ /var/www/django/mysite/media/

<Directory /var/www/django/mysite>
Order allow,deny
Allow from all
</Directory>

<Directory /var/www/django/mysite/media>
Order deny,allow
Allow from all
</Directory>

<Directory /var/www/django/mysite/static>
Order deny,allow
Allow from all
</Directory>
</VirtualHost>

 

read more on: multiple django sites with apache & mod_wsgi

 

 

That’s it!

 

You’ve Python / Django installed on your Centos 6.3 and a new project template waiting for you to work on.

 

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* this article is an edited version of an older article.

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