For awhile now I’ve been wanting to talk about load testing and why we do it. Recently I was approached with a problem where some users were experiencing a very slow experience and I needed to rectify the issue. The way I went about solving this was to check what kind of response times I could expect for the particular path and actions those users were taking. By investigating the problem in this manner I was able to pinpoint the particular part of our system that was behaving slowing and begin to improve that.
The python package ecosystem is a vast forest with many great packages available. If you have been using python professionally you are more than likely to have stumbled across some of the more popular packages such as requests, django and flask. In this post however, I seek to bring your attention to a few packages that I have been using over the last 6 months or so and have found to be quite useful.
Recently I gave a talk at PyConAU 2018 entitled “Describing Descriptors”. In this talk I sought to provide the audience an introduction to Pythons descriptor features and some basic use cases they might have for them. Following the talk there were some questions that dug into areas that I had not experimented with in regards to descriptors. This post seeks to answer those questions and any other interesting questions I find while investigating.
“People also underestimate the time they spend debugging. They underestimate how much time they can spend chasing a long bug. With testing, I know straight away when I added a bug. That lets me fix the bug immediately, before it can crawl off and hide.” – Martin Fowler
Recently I was asked to explain a complex topic simply. I had the opportunity to choose any topic of my liking and so I chose the P vs NP problem.
I recently saw this post on Facebook, annotated with “Unless you use Python”:
As of last week, and pending results, I completed an exam signifying the completion of my bachelors degree in computer science at the UNSW. In this post I will endeavour to ramble, hopefully not too freely, on the changes I have noticed within myself over the past few years.
Living in Sydney it is inevitable that I travel via the public transport system, after all the highways are so congested that there is no other option unless you’re in a position to pay exorbitant housing prices, but that’s another story. On the Sydney trains, each carriage has a unique 4 digit number, usually preceded by some letter, printed up on the interior wall. They look like this: