Heap is one of the powerful data structures, which optimizes the
access to minimum or maximum value within a collection. In this
post, we will go over the main characteristics of the data structure
itself and understand how we can make use of it with Go (Golang)
programming language with the usage heap package from the base
library of Go.
I think we can all agree that packaging a Python project is harder
than it should be. With numerous guides & tutorials out there,
people still make mistakes. Some of these mistakes break a project,
some just make it less attractive, and some even cause a project to
step on the toes of other projects.
As the admin of the wheel-analysis and -browsing site
Wheelodex, I see a number of
poorly-built wheels each morning as I peruse the day’s new
entries. This eventually motivated me to create
— a program for scanning a wheel for many of the below problems plus
several others — in an attempt to get people to clean up their
wheels, yet still the poorly-packaged projects persist.
In yet another attempt to get people to fix their broken packages,
here now are some of the more frequent types of mistakes I see —
along with advice on how to avoid & correct them — in no particular
In Joel Spolsky’s blog post “The Joel Test: 12 Steps to better
he describes a test composed of twelve simple yes-no questions. For
a yes you get one point. 10 points are acceptable and 12 are
perfect. If you have less than 10 points, you will get in trouble
with your software – sooner or later.
A couple of months ago, I uninstalled Homebrew
and migrated my configuration to
MacPorts. I’ve been doing a lot of
thinking about the state of package management on macOS, and here’s
what I’ve come up with based on my experiences using both and
interacting with their development communities.
When you route traffic through an HAProxy load balancer, you gain
the ability to terminate SSL at the load balancer. HAProxy encrypts
communication between the client and itself and then sends the
decrypted messages to your backend servers, which means less CPU
work on the servers because there’s no encryption work left to
do. HAProxy adds extra SSL
functionality too including SNI for
choosing the right certificate, ALPN for negotiating the application
protocol, OCSP stapling for prefetching certificate revocation
statuses, and settings for disabling obsolete versions of SSL and
Lattice-based cryptography has been coming into the spotlight
recently. In January 2019, Many of the semifinalists in the NIST
were based on lattices. Lattice based cryptography has promising
aspects that make it a contender for the basis of cryptographic
security in a post-quantum world.
In this post I will therefore go over how it’s constructed, why it’s
useful, how to use it correctly, as well as its limitations. In
particular, I’ll be reading through the python:3.8-slim-buster
variant, as of August 19,
and explaining it as I go along.
One of the special things about software engineering as a profession
is the possibility of ars-poetic work: part of our work is building
tools that target our own work; perhaps a few surgeons around the
globe can design and meld their own scalpel, but for software
engineers building our own tooling is a day to day reality.
This is my humble attempt to channel hours and hours of headaches,
despair, and a-ha! moments into a beginner-friendly, digestible
format. This is the first in a series of articles, and I hope it
will give you a headstart in your Docker journey!
Knowledge Graphs are very powerful NLP tools and advanced
studies in the field of Knowledge Graphs have created awesome
products that are used by milions of people everyday: think of
Google, Youtube, Pinterest, they are all very important companies in
this field and their knowledge graphs results are spectacular to
analyze and use.
Monads are a powerful construct that can make your code safer and
easier to understand. Still, a proliferation of Monad tutorials that
try to build up to them from other Functional Programming concepts
makes what is otherwise a simple concept difficult to understand.
This blog post contains a structured collection of some programming
mini-patterns in Haskell with the detailed description and examples,
some small “quality of life” improvements that would help everyone
on their developer journey.
Docker containers, and containers as a whole, are really just a
regular program wrapped in some extra protections provided by the
kernel (namely cgroups etc) to create isolation, and other
Unlike VMs, containers run closer to the host operating system, so
close they use the same kernel, meaning it’s even more important to
Functional programming doesn’t need to be complex, confusing, or
Instead, functional programming can be simple, natural, and
practical, helping you solve problems with more power and more joy
than ever before.
A key to unlocking this potential is understanding functional
design, a framework for applying functional programming to real
world problems that I have been teaching at
Ziverge as well as on my Patreon mentorship
I have been a loyal Vim
user since, well, I don't even remember any longer. Over the years,
I tried other editors, but Vim commands and keyboard shortcuts are
second nature to me, so much so that I ended up doing :w every time
I wanted to save in another application. So, for a long time, I
stuck with Vim for all my note-taking and writing. By combining Vim
syntax, I could easily export my notes to any format for other uses
or sharing with my colleagues.
I've always enjoyed working in a terminal, but I usually needed
other applications for my email, calendar, and tracking the time I
spend on various tasks, which I like to do for numerous reasons. I
tried different cloud solutions, kanban
email clients, but I kept looking for a way to do it all in a
terminal. I tried some great projects for time tracking and kanban
on the command line—but there was always something missing in my
workflow. That is until I read an article about using Org
mode in Emacs.
I had tried Emacs before and found out there are even more commands
and keyboard combinations to keep track of in Emacs than Vim!
However, every time I read an article explaining different ways to
use Org mode, it seemed like
Emacs was the
solution I was looking for. So I made another venture into the world