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Installing Python 2.7 on Windows

Python is one of the easiest to learn programming languages. It supports developing on Linux, Mac, and Windows. To install Python on Windows, you must have your OS in developer mode. To install Python 2.7 on Windows: Browse to¬†https://www.python.org/downloads/windows/ Click … Continue reading

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Announcing the new Programming with Jim

I started Jim’s Jumbler as a programming blog, but then started writing movie and book reviews, DIY articles, and, most recently, articles on religious and political philosophy. I’m sure the mixture is a bit strange for those following my movie … Continue reading

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Where’s my Core Dump?

In the old days, the most dreaded message on a Unix system was segmentation fault: core dumped. In the case where it was your program that dumped, you then had to fire up adb and pour over the registers and … Continue reading

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Scrollbar Buttons and Why I Miss Windows 95

If you want to scroll up a page at a time in a terminal window (something I want to do most of the time), Linux Mint’s UI developers have made this almost impossible to do. Search for a solution, and … Continue reading

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C Programming: Naming Conventions

Naming conventions are like most standards: the great thing about them is that there are so many to choose from. Most people agree that a project should have one and use it consistently, but there is little agreement on what … Continue reading

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Writing Utilities in Python: fang

While working at Salesforce, I hacked a nice little utility in perl called fang, which is short for “find and grep”. It had some nice features, and I’ve often wanted something like it that I could use at home and … Continue reading

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Building cpython/Doc on Linux

For all the gory details, check out the Python Developers Guide. Installing and Building the Doc Here’s the process I followed to be able to work on the CPython documentation on Linux debian/mint: See if mercurial is installed by running: … Continue reading

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