2016’s Hottest IT Support Certifications

2016’s Hottest IT Support Certifications

The IT industry can be notoriously tough to break into, thanks to the huge number of talented individuals looking for work. In order to stand out, you need to have some serious certification, and these certificates can be provided by a number of different bodies. From Microsoft through to Cisco, some of the world’s biggest companies want you to take their qualifications, but are they really worth it? More

Statistical Analysis of the Holy Quran (Part 1)

Statistical Analysis of the Holy Quran (Part 1)

The English and Arabic corpus of the Holy Quran is a rich source for statistical analysis. For instance, the entire test corpora has half a million words and many thousand distinct words. A rich dataset such as the Holy Quran, therefore, provides for an exciting journey of data exploration. More

HTML Parsing in Python 3.4 using LXML

HTML Parsing in Python 3.4 using LXML

LXML is a nice little document parser for lightweight and effective HTML/XML parsing without using regular expressions. The module can be installed with relative ease using pip and works for Python 2 and 3. Let’s get the token and expire form values from NYTimes site for an example. More

PyMySQL: Pure Python MySQL client, perfect for Python 3+

PyMySQL: Pure Python MySQL client, perfect for Python 3+

It took me a while to get MySQL working on Python 3.4. I started with MySQLDB, but figured it doesn’t work on Python 3 and above. Then I stumbled upon a nice pure-python MySQL client called PyMySQL. Guess what. It works! Here’s a tutorial on how to set it up on your Mac. More

Asynchronous HTTP Requests in Python 3.4

Asynchronous HTTP Requests in Python 3.4

I started learning Python last night. I will be lying if I say “it’s good”. I’ll tell you what, “it’s f**king good”. I am a polyglot programmer and diving in Python was a cinch. It felt as if I knew it already, because “it makes sense”. I’ve been playing around with Python 3.4 and here’s an experiment. More

Understanding the HTTP ETag using Graph API

Understanding the HTTP ETag using Graph API

Over the past week, I have been spending time refreshing my knowledge of HTTP caching. I knew what caching was, but only vaguely. Right now, I’m working on a project which involves implementing a caching layer, for performance and scalability. I am a visual learner, so I did a little experiment. More