Archive for the 'Development' Category

Unicode and permalinks

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

Working on integrating of automation scripts with Testuff, I’ve encountered an interesting Unicode-related issue I’d like to share.
The integration allows for an automated testing script to report the results of its run to the Testuff server. In order for the results to be grouped, displayed and summarized correctly, the automation script needs to tell the [...]

Accessing SVN revision via a browser

Sunday, August 10th, 2008

Most people who use Subversion know that you can access the repository with your browser to get a readonly interface that you can use to take a cursory look at the files in there.
This is how the Python repository looks like via

It says Revision 65620 at the top and I’ve always wondered if you [...]

Digging into Python’s PYC files

Friday, January 25th, 2008

One of the first things we needed to do when we started working on Testuff, was to figure out how are we going to update the installed desktop clients. This is one of those problems that seems to usually fall under the NIH syndrome, and like many others before me, I invented my own scheme. [...]

Win32: GetFocus across process boundries

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

I’ve been using Miranda for all my chats for a few years now, since the time it was a nightmare to install and configure. The chief reason I like it is the fact that it supports Hebrew amazingly well, via the TabSRMM plugin. You can even set the right-to-left settings for the chat window on [...]

Touch typing in multiple languages – Recaps

Monday, December 10th, 2007

I learned touch typing a long time ago. Since I spend most of my waking hours in front of a computer typing either text or code, touch typing is something I can’t live without. Sometimes however, I am faced with a daunting task of writing an email or a document in a mix of two [...]

A simple lexer in Python

Sunday, October 21st, 2007

I’m taking a course on building compilers at the Israeli Open University and just learned how to use flex. It occurred to me that building a simple lexical analyzer should be quite easy with Python’s re module. A typical lexical analyzer read a stream of text input and splits it into a list of tokens. [...]