Ian Ward

CKAN contributor/tech lead
Urwid author
PyRF contributor
Speedometer author

Contributing to Open Source
IASA E-Summit, 2014-05-16
Urwid Applications
Urwid Intro
Unfortunate Python
Django 1.1

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Urwid Lightning Talk (PyCon 2009)
Urwid Lightning Talk Slides (PyCon 2009) link
Posted on 2009-04-06.

I stood up in front of a few hundred PyCon attendees in the afternoon of March 28 to deliver a short lightning talk on Urwid. I have now posted the "slides" from that talk in the urwid-contrib repository.

The video of my talk is available on the PyCon site if you don't mind waiting for the video to load half way (I couldn't get seeking to work from here). The video quality of the presentation is poor, however, so I would suggest running it yourself it you're interested.

This is how you can get it running on your computer:

hg clone https://excess.org/hg/urwid-contrib
hg clone https://excess.org/hg/urwid
ln -s ../urwid/urwid urwid-contrib

The slides use Urwid's new 256-colour support and palette setting features. The latter is only supported by xterm, so for the full effect be sure to run it with xterm.

Tags: Urwid Software Python

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Django talk at FOSSLC Summercamp/Geocamp 2009 link
Posted on 2009-03-31.

I will be giving an introductory Django talk at The Free and Open Source Software Learning Centre (FOSSLC) Summercamp/Geocamp 2009 Conference. The conference is taking place on May 13, 14, and 15 at Algonquin College, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and early bird pricing is available until April 5.

Tags: Django Ottawa Linux Python FOSSLC

Posted on 2009-03-13.

This is a maintenance release that adds compatibility with Python 2.6 and fixes a number of bugs.

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Tags: Urwid Python

Ottawa Python Authors Group Meeting link
Posted on 2009-03-08.

The Ottawa Python Authors Group is having a meeting tomorrow (Monday) and Michael Soulier will be presenting talks on concurrency in Django, and an Introduction to Git. It has been a while since the last meeting and this promises to be a good one.

Tags: Django Ottawa Git Python

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Debian/Windows Printing HOWTO Updated for Lenny link
Posted on 2009-03-08.

I received a small update to my Printing with Debian and Windows Mini-HOWTO for the Debian 5.0 "Lenny" release. I am pleasantly surprised that it still works after all these years, with only a minor modification.

Posted on 2009-03-08.

This release fixes a number of bugs in the 1.5 release:

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Tags: Django Templayer Python

Pycon 2009
Pycon 2009 link
Posted on 2009-03-03.

I have a chance to attend PyCon again this year and I hope to grab one of the lightning talk spots this year to promote Urwid. Either way I will post my presentation showing some of the newest features.

Tags: Urwid Python

Posted on 2009-02-13.

This release improves Django 1.0 integration with shortcuts for creating views, emulating templates, and displaying forms. The tutorial now includes Django examples, and new HTML markup functions were added.

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Tags: Django Templayer Python

Ubuntu NBR on an EEE 900
Posted on 2009-01-26.

I picked up an Asus EEE PC 900 a couple months ago, and it quickly became the most heavily used computer in my household. I have been running the included Xandros Linux OS and Firefox, Thunderbird, Skype (Beta for video conferencing) and Picasa (Linux Beta). Xandros makes a nice OS, and the EEE works very well in its default configuration. My only complaint is it that seems Xandros has abandoned the OS in favour of versions for the latest EEE models: there are few additional packages to install and fewer updates to the packages that are available.

The EEE community site has recommendations for adding external repositories, but that doesn't seem like a sustainable choice, with the steadily aging base Xandros packages. One of the biggest strength of Linux distributions is the constant improvements available and new software available from all over the world, something Xandros just wasn't going to provide. I use Ubuntu primarily on my other machines, so I gave Ubuntu Netbook Remix (NBR) a try.

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Tags: Hardware Linux

Urwid palette_test.py on rxvt
Posted on 2009-01-19.

The latest development version of Urwid's raw_display module now supports 88 and 256-colour modes. Colour modes now also support underline, standout, and bold(separate from bright colours when available.)

The default high colour palettes include a colour cube (4x4x4 or 6x6x6) and a gray scale (8 or 24 values.) I made the assumption that most application developers won't care whether a user has 88 or 256 colours, just that they have more than the usual 16. This led me to the following naming scheme for high colours:

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Tags: Urwid Python

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