Native Hadoop file system (HDFS) connectivity in Python

There have been many Python libraries developed for interactive with the Hadoop File System, HDFS, via its WebHDFS gateway as well as its native Protocol Buffers-based RPC interface. I’ll give you an overview of what’s out there and show some engineering …

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Today we’re going to take a bit of a detour from web development and head more towards the realm of software development, while dunking our toes into the world of intrigue that is cryptography and information security. I used a lot of buzzwords there but ... (more…)

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The fastest way to flatten a list in Python

In my latest book, Fast Python, I bust a lot of speed myths in Python. Some of the most basic advice people give about optimizing Python code is wrong, likely because no one ever bothered to test it. In this book, I go back to the basics and verify (or bu... (more…)

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