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Ian Ward

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Boxkite Inc.
Software
CKAN contributor/tech lead
PyRF primary contributor
Urwid author
Speedometer author

Presentations
Contributing to Open Source
IASA E-Summit, 2014-05-16
Urwid Applications
2012-11-14
Urwid Intro
2012-01-22
Unfortunate Python
2011-12-19
Django 1.1
2009-05-16

Writing
Moving to Python 3
2011-02-17
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Speaking at IASA Open Source E-Summit link
Posted on 2014-05-10.

I will be speaking about contributing to Open Source software by webcast at the Global IT Architect Association's E-Summit on Open Source on May 16 at 2pm ET. It's free to join, listen in and ask questions.

Tags: Software Video


Posted on 2014-04-04, last modified 2014-04-09.

What does bar.foo do? - An exploration of Python assignment, objects, attributes and descriptors

This is a talk I gave March 27, 2014 at the Ottawa Python Authors Group meetup.

Follow along with the IPython notebook version if you would like to play with the code examples.

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Tags: Ottawa Software Python OPAG


Urwid 1.2.0 Released link
Posted on 2014-02-09.

Urwid 1.2.0 is now available at http://urwid.org/ and on pypi. Lots of new features:

Complete changelog

Tags: Urwid Software Python


urwid.org
urwid.org, 1.1.2 Released link
Posted on 2013-12-30, last modified 2014-01-04.

Urwid's home page has moved to http://urwid.org/

Source control, issue tracking and wiki pages are now hosted on github. The new home page and changelog are now generated by sphinx like the Urwid manual, tutorial and reference.

The bug-fix-only release Urwid 1.1.2 is now available at http://urwid.org/ and on pypi.

Tags: Urwid Software Python


IEEE AUTOTESTCON paper link
Posted on 2013-10-14.

After working on PyRF this past year, I was asked to help edit to a paper written by ThinkRF's Nikhil Adnani for AUTOTESTCON 2013: Wideband 20 GHz RF Digitizer and Python-based Open Application Framework for Test and Measurement.

We were fortunate enough to win the Walter E. Peterson award for Best Paper on Technology, and while I missed the show I did receive a handsome plaque and certificate for my contribution.

Tags: Software Python


JSON Lines link
Posted on 2013-10-07, last modified 2013-10-14.

Having to process thousands of JSON records for the data.gc.ca project, I learned about the JSON Lines format. JSON Lines is very convenient for handling this sort of data and for setting up parallel batch processing.

This format should be more widely known, so now it has its own site:

Tags: Software


data.gc.ca
data.gc.ca link
Posted on 2013-06-18.

A site I've been working on for the past few months has just launched. data.gc.ca "2.0" is a completely rewritten version of the Open Data portal for the Government of Canada.

I worked on the CKAN portion of the site responsible for the data catalogue. CKAN is an open source Data Portal application written in Python. I built a fully bilingual schema with many additional fields for our datasets. I also optimized, fixed and improved many parts of CKAN itself.

Our team built templates based on the Web Experience Toolkit (WET). WET provides building blocks for creating accessible, mobile-friendly web sites. These templates include a map widget for our geospatial datasets and an interactive data table for previews of tabular data.

All of our work is available on the open-data github page and is released under a permissive license.

data.gc.ca might just be the largest, most fully bilingual and most accessible CKAN site anywhere. More to come!

Tags: Software Python


Write the Docs
Write the Docs link
Posted on 2013-04-06, last modified 2013-10-14.

I've spent a lot of time with Sphinx this past year working on updating and improving the Urwid documentation. I've found writing documentation is a really hard but also really important and rewarding part of my programming work.

update 2013-10-14: videos posted here

Notable talks: Integrating Development, Documentation and Reporting, Getting Developers and Engineers to Write the Docs, How Mozilla supports users all over the world, Typography for Docs, Write Tight(er)

At this conference I learned lots of things I'm doing wrong. Dark borders on my urwid docs detract from the most important thing: the content. I should be limiting the number of characters per line.

I liked the suggestion that a FAQ is a list of bugs. If people really are asking these questions all the time, why not fix the software?

I also learned a lot about writing in general, and had lots of fun. I couldn't get used to some people saying just "doc" (without the s) for documentation, however.

Tags: Software


Sean Zicari
Sean Zicari's Curses and Urwid Talk link
Posted on 2013-03-21.

Sean Zicari gave a Curses and Urwid presentation at the recent PyCon US in Santa Clara.


Tags: Urwid Software Video Python


Braille Python Logo
Posted on 2013-03-14, last modified 2013-03-15.

This is something I've been wanting to write for a while.

Unicode page U+2800 has all the combinations of a 2x4 grid of Braille dots. Braille dots that line up neatly with the ones on all sides in most fonts. We can paint with this!

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Tags: Software Python


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