In my two most recent posts, Always Learning and Coders at Work, I talked about my personal and professional need to keep learning. My most recent addition to my development arsenal has been Python. Why I considered learning the language a success, I didn’t really feel that it a significant amount of new materials and features. As a result, I have chosen to dive into the functional programming language Erlang.
I have been using my mod_python Mako handler for several months now in my personal projects. For the most part, I have been very happy with Mako and am finding it extremely useful. One issue I have had to wrap my head around has been the inability to halt template execution cleanly. A common practice in many a website has been to flush the current output buffer, display the required authentication information with a form or a redirect, and then end the request—making authentication required on a page of content.
I think it is safe to say that my personal goal of learning and using Python this winter has been a huge success! I have now found myself hard at work on a large Python-based project in my spare time and investigating issues that I haven’t been able to track down much documentation on. How to use Memcached in conjunction with SQLAlchemy was one of those issues.
One of my personal goals this Winter has been to learn and start using Python. Learning new languages and putting them to use is something I try to do about every year. Like so many others out there, messing around with Perl in college really has had an impact on my professional career. Being a professional web developer who uses Perl—especially through Apache/mod_perl—it was only natural that I began looking at building out a small site using mod_python. Little did I understand how much of a minefield I was stepping into!