parallel @ Savannah: GNU Parallel 20140722 ('MH17') released

GNU Planet! - Tue, 2014-07-22 00:53

GNU Parallel 20140722 ('MH17') has been released. It is available for download at: http://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/parallel/

This release contains a major change in central parts of the code and should be considered beta quality. As always it passes the testsuite, so most functionality clearly works.

Thanks to Malcolm Cook for the brilliant idea to use a general perl expression as a replacement string.

Haiku of the month:

Are you tired of
inflexible replacements?
Use Perl expressions.
-- Ole Tange

New in this release:

  • {= perl expression =} can be used as replacement string. The expression should modify $_. E.g. {= s/\.gz$// =} to remove .gz from the string. This makes replacement strings extremely flexible.
  • Positional perl expressions (similar to {2}) are given as {=2 perl expression=} where 2 is the position.
  • One small backwards incompatability: {1}_{2} will replace {2} with the empty string if there is only one argument. Previously {2} would have been left untouched.
  • Replacement strings can be defined using --rpl. E.g. parallel --rpl '{.gz} s/\.gz$//' echo {.gz} ::: *.gz
  • The parenthesis around {= perl expression =} can be changed with --parens.
  • --tmux will direct the output to a tmux session instead of files. Each running jobs will be in its own window.
  • --halt 10% will stop spawning new jobs if 10% failed so far.
  • Bug fixes and man page updates.

GNU Parallel - For people who live life in the parallel lane.

About GNU Parallel

GNU Parallel is a shell tool for executing jobs in parallel using one or more computers. A job is can be a single command or a small script that has to be run for each of the lines in the input. The typical input is a list of files, a list of hosts, a list of users, a list of URLs, or a list of tables. A job can also be a command that reads from a pipe. GNU Parallel can then split the input and pipe it into commands in parallel.

If you use xargs and tee today you will find GNU Parallel very easy to use as GNU Parallel is written to have the same options as xargs. If you write loops in shell, you will find GNU Parallel may be able to replace most of the loops and make them run faster by running several jobs in parallel. GNU Parallel can even replace nested loops.

GNU Parallel makes sure output from the commands is the same output as you would get had you run the commands sequentially. This makes it possible to use output from GNU Parallel as input for other programs.

You can find more about GNU Parallel at: http://www.gnu.org/s/parallel/

You can install GNU Parallel in just 10 seconds with: (wget -O - pi.dk/3 || curl pi.dk/3/) | bash

Watch the intro video on http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL284C9FF2488BC6D1

Walk through the tutorial (man parallel_tutorial). Your commandline will love you for it.

When using programs that use GNU Parallel to process data for publication please cite:

O. Tange (2011): GNU Parallel - The Command-Line Power Tool, ;login: The USENIX Magazine, February 2011:42-47.


GNU sql aims to give a simple, unified interface for accessing databases through all the different databases' command line clients. So far the focus has been on giving a common way to specify login information (protocol, username, password, hostname, and port number), size (database and table size), and running queries.

The database is addressed using a DBURL. If commands are left out you will get that database's interactive shell.

When using GNU SQL for a publication please cite:

O. Tange (2011): GNU SQL - A Command Line Tool for Accessing Different Databases Using DBURLs, ;login: The USENIX Magazine, April 2011:29-32.

About GNU Niceload

GNU niceload slows down a program when the computer load average (or other system activity) is above a certain limit. When the limit is reached the program will be suspended for some time. If the limit is a soft limit the program will be allowed to run for short amounts of time before being suspended again. If the limit is a hard limit the program will only be allowed to run when the system is below the limit.

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MJ Ray: Three systems

Planet Debian - Mon, 2014-07-21 23:59

There are three basic systems:

The first is slick and easy to use, but fiddly to set up correctly and if you want to do something that its makers don’t want you to, it’s rather difficult. If it breaks, then fixing it is also fiddly, if not impossible and requiring complete reinitialisation.

The second system is an older approach, tried and tested, but fell out of fashion with the rise of the first and very rarely comes preinstalled on new machines. Many recent installations can be switched to and from the first system at the flick of a switch if wanted. It needs a bit more thought to operate but not much and it’s still pretty obvious and intuitive. You can do all sorts of customisations and it’s usually safe to mix and match parts. It’s debatable whether it is more efficient than the first or not.

The third system is a similar approach to the other two, but simplified in some ways and all the ugly parts are hidden away inside neat packaging. These days you can maintain and customise it yourself without much more difficulty than the other systems, but the basic hardware still attracts a price premium. In theory, it’s less efficient than the other types, but in practice it’s easier to maintain so doesn’t lose much efficiency. Some support companies for the other types won’t touch it while others will only work with it.

So that’s the three types of bicycle gears: indexed, friction and hub. What did you think it was?

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Drupal Watchdog: Outed in Austin

Planet Drupal - Mon, 2014-07-21 21:26

Today, my cover was blown.

If you came across this photo on your Facebook account or Twitter feed and you’ve been wondering – or furiously texting friends who were in Austin last month – “Is that really...?” or “Was he...” and “Did you meet him?”

The answer is:

No. Howard Stern did not attend DrupalCon as a Drupal Watchdog secret agent. (Although we did hear a rumor that he was in Austin at the time, taping an episode of America’s Got Talent, and that he just might put in a surprise appearance at the Convention Center.)

In fact, I can say with some certainty – having been a guest on his show – that Howard wouldn’t know Drupal from poopal.

Truly, that was I in the photo: Ronnie Ray, your fearless Watchdog blogster.

So now you know. But kindly keep this information on the QT.

Although if you or your company want a Howardish presence at DrupalCon Amsterdam, feel free to send checks, cash, a NYC-Amsterdam round-trip airline ticket (and Howard only flies first class, alas) to R. Brawer, c/o this magazine.

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Andrew Pollock: [debian] Day 174: Kindergarten, startup stuff, tennis

Planet Debian - Mon, 2014-07-21 21:23

I picked up Zoe from Sarah this morning and dropped her at Kindergarten. Traffic seemed particularly bad this morning, or I'm just out of practice.

I spent the day powering through the last two parts of the registration block of my real estate licence training. I've got one more piece of assessment to do, and then it should be done. The rest is all dead-tree written stuff that I have to mail off to get marked.

Zoe's doing tennis this term as her extra-curricular activity, and it's on a Tuesday afternoon after Kindergarten at the tennis court next door.

I'm not sure what proportion of the class is continuing on from previous terms, and so how far behind the eight ball Zoe will be, but she seemed to do okay today, and she seemed to enjoy it. Megan's in the class too, and that didn't seem to result in too much cross-distraction.

After that, we came home and just pottered around for a bit and then Zoe watched some TV until Sarah came to pick her up.

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Hideki Yamane: GeoIP support for installer is really nice

Planet Debian - Mon, 2014-07-21 20:10

RHEL7 installation note says "The new graphical installer also generates automatic default settings where applicable. For example, if the installer detects a network connection, the user's general location is determined with GeoIP and sane suggestions are made for the default keyboard layout, language and timezone." but CentOS7 doesn't work as expected ;-)

 GeoIP support in Fedora20 Installer works well and it's pretty nice. Boot from live media and it shows "Try Fedora" and "Install to Hard Drive" menu.

Then, select "Install" and...Boom! it shows in Japanese without any configuration automagically!

I want same feature for d-i, too.

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Justin Mason: Links for 2014-07-21

Planet Apache - Mon, 2014-07-21 19:58
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PreviousNext: Easy improvements for Drupal content editors using contrib

Planet Drupal - Mon, 2014-07-21 19:00

Get started with some quick and easy ways to improve the content editor experience, using contributed modules.

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Luca Saiu: Happy pi Approximation Day 2014

GNU Planet! - Mon, 2014-07-21 18:10
It’s 22/7 again. Last year on pi Approximation Day I published a simple Forth program based on an intuitive geometrical idea: see Happy pi approximation day 2013 (). I’ve been thinking about what to do in 2014 for some time, without finding anything as nice from the programming point of view. Sure, you can find series and continued fractions converging to pi, even rapidly; these methods work, but the corresponding programs are trivial to code and don’t provide any insight. So I chose another route: a practical experiment to approximate pi by cutting and weighing metal. The result turned out ... [Read more]
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Matt Raible: Why I prefer IntelliJ IDEA over Eclipse

Planet Apache - Mon, 2014-07-21 15:33

Over the last couple months, I've received a few emails asking why I prefer IntelliJ IDEA over Eclipse. They usually go something like this:

I keep seeing you recommending IntelliJ. I keep trying it intermittently with using Eclipse, but I feel like I'm missing something obvious that makes so many people think it's better. Granted having the usual plugins incorporated is nice, but other things like the build process and debugger sometimes seems a step back from Eclipse. Could you please blog a '10 reasons why I love IntelliJ' or point me to something that would clue me in?

I grew to love IntelliJ for a few reasons. It all started in 2006 when I decided to migrate AppFuse from Ant to Maven. Before that, I was a huge Eclipse fan (2002 - 2006). Before Eclipse, I used HomeSite, an HTML Editor to write all my Java code (1999-2002). Eclipse was the first IDE that didn't hog all my system's memory and was pleasant to work with.

The reason I started using IntelliJ in 2006 was because of it's multi-module Maven support. Eclipse's Maven support was terrible, and m2e hasn't gotten a whole lot better in recent years AFAIK.

Back then, I used to think everything should be built and run from the command line. A couple years later, I realized it was better to run tests and debug from an IDE. Now I'm more concerned with the ability to run tests and debug in an IDE than I am from the build system.

In 2009, I started doing a lot more front-end work: writing HTML, CSS and JavaScript. I also started digging into alternate languages for these: Jade, GWT, CoffeeScript, LESS, SASS - even Scala. I found IntelliJ's support, and plugins, to be outstanding for these languages and really enjoyed how it would tell me I had invalid JavaScript, HTML and CSS.

My original passion in software was HTML and JavaScript and I found that hasn't changed in the last 15 years. AFAIK, Eclipse still has terrible web tools support; it excels at Java (and possibly C++ support). Even today, I write most of my HTML code 9 (for InfoQ and this blog) in IntelliJ.

In reality, it probably doesn't matter which IDE you use, as long as you're productive with it. Once you learn one IDE well, the way others do things will likely seem backwards. I'm so familiar with debugging in IntelliJ, that when I tried to use Eclipse's debugger a few weeks ago, it seemed backwards to me.

In a nutshell: the technologies I've worked with have been better embraced by IntelliJ. Has this happened to you? Have certain technologies caused you to use one IDE over another?

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Drupal Commerce: Converting Your Existing Platform.sh Development Environment to a Makefile

Planet Drupal - Mon, 2014-07-21 15:28

One of the most exciting features of Platform.sh is it’s ability to use Drush makefiles to rapidly prototype sites. By default, new projects can start with a makefile that will automatically add Commerce Kickstart or vanilla Drupal. Then, using the makefile, you can add new modules, themes, and libraries, by simply adding a few lines to the makefile and commiting. When you push the changes to your platform, the entire site will be rebuilt. Plus, whenever you’re in “makefile mode” any extra files that are in the root of the respository get pushed into sites/all/default. So if you have any custom modules, you can just stick them in modules/ and they’ll end up in sites/all/default/modules. This can make your code bases not only small, but far more manageable. You can convert a site that isn’t a makefile into a makefile. And in this post, that’s exactly what we’re going to do.

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Barcelona, such a beautiful horizon

Planet KDE - Mon, 2014-07-21 15:22
KDE Project:

When life gives you a sunny beach to live on, make a mojito and go for a swim. Since KDE has an office that all KDE developer are welcome to use in Barcelona I decided to move to Barcelona until I get bored. So far there's an interesting language or two, hot weather to help my fragile head and water polo in the sky. Do drop by next time you're in town.

Plasma 5 Release Party Drinks

Also new poll for Plasma 5. What's your favourite feature?
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Ian Campbell: sunxi-tools now available in Debian

Planet Debian - Mon, 2014-07-21 14:10

I've recently packaged the sunxi tools for Debian. These are a set of tools produce by the Linux Sunxi project for working with the Allwinner "sunxi" family of processors. See the package page for details. Thanks to Steve McIntyre for sponsoring the initial upload.

The most interesting component of the package are the tools for working with the Allwinner processors' FEL mode. This is a low-level processor mode which implements a simple USB protocol allowing for initial programming of the device and recovery which can be entered on boot (usually be pressing a special 'FEL button' somewhere on the device). It is thanks to FEL mode that most sunxi based devices are pretty much unbrickable.

The most common use of FEL is to boot over USB. In the Debian package the fel and usb-boot tools are named sunxi-fel and sunxi-usb-boot respectively but otherwise can be used in the normal way described on the sunxi wiki pages.

One enhancement I made to the Debian version of usb-boot is to integrate with the u-boot packages to allow you to easily FEL boot any sunxi platform supported by the Debian packaged version of u-boot (currently only Cubietruck, more to come I hope). To make this work we take advantage of Multiarch to install the armhf version of u-boot (unless your host is already armhf of course, in which case just install the u-boot package):

# dpkg --add-architecture armhf # apt-get update # apt-get install u-boot:armhf Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done The following NEW packages will be installed: u-boot:armhf 0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 1960 not upgraded. Need to get 0 B/546 kB of archives. After this operation, 8,676 kB of additional disk space will be used. Retrieving bug reports... Done Parsing Found/Fixed information... Done Selecting previously unselected package u-boot:armhf. (Reading database ... 309234 files and directories currently installed.) Preparing to unpack .../u-boot_2014.04+dfsg1-1_armhf.deb ... Unpacking u-boot:armhf (2014.04+dfsg1-1) ... Setting up u-boot:armhf (2014.04+dfsg1-1) ...

With that done FEL booting a cubietruck is as simple as starting the board in FEL mode (by holding down the FEL button when powering on) and then:

# sunxi-usb-boot Cubietruck - fel write 0x2000 /usr/lib/u-boot/Cubietruck_FEL/u-boot-spl.bin fel exe 0x2000 fel write 0x4a000000 /usr/lib/u-boot/Cubietruck_FEL/u-boot.bin fel write 0x41000000 /usr/share/sunxi-tools//ramboot.scr fel exe 0x4a000000

Which should result in something like this on the Cubietruck's serial console:

U-Boot SPL 2014.04 (Jun 16 2014 - 05:31:24) DRAM: 2048 MiB U-Boot 2014.04 (Jun 16 2014 - 05:30:47) Allwinner Technology CPU: Allwinner A20 (SUN7I) DRAM: 2 GiB MMC: SUNXI SD/MMC: 0 In: serial Out: serial Err: serial SCSI: SUNXI SCSI INIT Target spinup took 0 ms. AHCI 0001.0100 32 slots 1 ports 3 Gbps 0x1 impl SATA mode flags: ncq stag pm led clo only pmp pio slum part ccc apst Net: dwmac.1c50000 Hit any key to stop autoboot: 0 sun7i#

As more platforms become supported by the u-boot packages you should be able to find them in /usr/lib/u-boot/*_FEL.

There is one minor inconvenience which is the need to run sunxi-usb-boot as root in order to access the FEL USB device. This is easily resolved by creating /etc/udev/rules.d/sunxi-fel.rules containing either:

SUBSYSTEMS=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="1f3a", ATTR{idProduct}=="efe8", OWNER="myuser"


SUBSYSTEMS=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="1f3a", ATTR{idProduct}=="efe8", GROUP="mygroup"

To enable access for myuser or mygroup respectively. Once you have created the rules file then to enable:

# udevadm control --reload-rules

As well as the FEL mode tools the packages also contain a FEX (de)compiler. FEX is Allwinner's own hardware description language and is used with their Android SDK kernels and the fork of that kernel maintained by the linux-sunxi project. Debian's kernels follow mainline and therefore use Device Tree.

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Bryan Pendleton: Transactional replicated databases using consensus algorithms

Planet Apache - Mon, 2014-07-21 13:59

A trendy thing nowadays is to build a transactional replicated database without using two phase commit, but using a different type of consensus algorithm.

The gold standard in this area is Google's F1 database, which is built on top of their Spanner infrastructure, which in turn is built on their production-quality implementation of the Paxos consensus algorithm.

Now other, similar systems are starting to emerge, demonstrating that one way to get attention in the world is to hire some Google engineers who worked on-or-near Spanner and/or F1 and/or Paxos, and build something yourself.

  • Man Busts Out of Google, Rebuilds Top-Secret Query MachineUnder development for the past two years, Impala is a means of instantly analyzing the massive amounts of data stored in Hadoop, and it’s based on a sweeping Google database known as F1. Google only revealed F1 this past May, with a presentation delivered at a conference in Arizona, and it has yet to release a full paper describing the technology. Two years ago, Cloudera hired away one of the main Google engineers behind the project, a database guru named Marcel Kornacker.
  • In Search of an Understandable Consensus Algorithm (Extended Version)Raft is a consensus algorithm for managing a replicated log. It produces a result equivalent to (multi-)Paxos, and it is as efficient as Paxos, but its structure is different from Paxos; this makes Raft more understandable than Paxos and also provides a better foundation for building practical systems.
  • Introducing Ark: A Consensus Algorithm For TokuMX and MongoDBArk is an implementation of a consensus algorithm (also known as elections) similar to Paxos and Raft that we are working on to handle replica set elections and failovers in TokuMX. It has many similarities to Raft, but also has some big differences.
  • Ark: A Real-World Consensus ImplementationArk was designed from first principles, improving on the election algorithm used by TokuMX, to fix deficiencies in MongoDB’s consensus algorithms that can cause data loss. It ultimately has many similar- ities with Raft, but diverges in a few ways, mainly to support other features like chained replication and unacknowledged writes.
  • Out in the Open: Ex-Googlers Building Cloud Software That’s Almost Impossible to Take DownBut if anyone is up for the challenge of rebuilding Spanner—one of the most impressive systems in the history of computing—it’s the CockroachDB team. Many of them were engineers at Google, though none of them worked on Spanner.
  • Cockroach: A Scalable, Geo-Replicated, Transactional DatastoreCockroach is a distributed key/value datastore which supports ACID transactional semantics and versioned values as first-class features. The primary design goal is global consistency and survivability, hence the name. Cockroach aims to tolerate disk, machine, rack, and even datacenter failures with minimal latency disruption and no manual intervention. Cockroach nodes are symmetric; a design goal is one binary with minimal configuration and no required auxiliary services.
  • CockroachSingle mutations to ranges are mediated via an instance of a distributed consensus algorithm to ensure consistency. We've chosen to use the Raft consensus algorithm. All consensus state is stored in RocksDB.

Just so there's no confusion, let me be clear about one thing:

I am not building a consensus algorithm.

But I enjoy reading about consensus algorithms!

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Mike Driscoll: Python 101: An Intro to Pony ORM

Planet Python - Mon, 2014-07-21 13:15

The Pony ORM project is another object relational mapper package for Python. They allow you to query a database using generators. They also have an online ER Diagram Editor that is supposed to help you create a model. They are also one of the only Python packages I’ve seen with a multi-licensing scheme where you can develop using a GNU license or purchase a license for non-open source work. See their website for additional details.

In this article, we will spend some time learning the basics of this package.

Getting Started

Since this project is not included with Python, you will need to download and install it. If you have pip, then you can just do this:

pip install pony

Otherwise you’ll have to download the source and install it via its setup.py script.

Creating the Database

We will start out by creating a database to hold some music. We will need two tables: Artist and Album. Let’s get started!

import datetime import pony.orm as pny   database = pny.Database("sqlite", "music.sqlite", create_db=True)   ######################################################################## class Artist(database.Entity): """ Pony ORM model of the Artist table """ name = pny.Required(unicode) albums = pny.Set("Album")   ######################################################################## class Album(database.Entity): """ Pony ORM model of album table """ artist = pny.Required(Artist) title = pny.Required(unicode) release_date = pny.Required(datetime.date) publisher = pny.Required(unicode) media_type = pny.Required(unicode)   # turn on debug mode pny.sql_debug(True)   # map the models to the database # and create the tables, if they don't exist database.generate_mapping(create_tables=True)

Pony ORM will create our primary key for us automatically if we don’t specify one. To create a foreign key, all you need to do is pass the model class into a different table, as we did in the Album class. Each Required field takes a Python type. Most of our fields are unicode, with one being a datatime object. Next we turn on debug mode, which will output the SQL that Pony generates when it creates the tables in the last statement. Note that if you run this code multiple times, you won’t recreate the table. Pony will check to see if the tables exist before creating them.

If you run the code above, you should see something like this get generated as output:

GET CONNECTION FROM THE LOCAL POOL PRAGMA foreign_keys = false BEGIN IMMEDIATE TRANSACTION CREATE TABLE "Artist" ( "id" INTEGER PRIMARY KEY AUTOINCREMENT, "name" TEXT NOT NULL )   CREATE TABLE "Album" ( "id" INTEGER PRIMARY KEY AUTOINCREMENT, "artist" INTEGER NOT NULL REFERENCES "Artist" ("id"), "title" TEXT NOT NULL, "release_date" DATE NOT NULL, "publisher" TEXT NOT NULL, "media_type" TEXT NOT NULL )   CREATE INDEX "idx_album__artist" ON "Album" ("artist")   SELECT "Album"."id", "Album"."artist", "Album"."title", "Album"."release_date", "Album"."publisher", "Album"."media_type" FROM "Album" "Album" WHERE 0 = 1   SELECT "Artist"."id", "Artist"."name" FROM "Artist" "Artist" WHERE 0 = 1   COMMIT PRAGMA foreign_keys = true CLOSE CONNECTION

Wasn’t that neat? Now we’re ready to learn how to add data to our database.

How to Insert / Add Data to Your Tables

Pony makes adding data to your tables pretty painless. Let’s take a look at how easy it is:

import datetime import pony.orm as pny   from models import Album, Artist   #---------------------------------------------------------------------- @pny.db_session def add_data(): """"""   new_artist = Artist(name=u"Newsboys") bands = [u"MXPX", u"Kutless", u"Thousand Foot Krutch"] for band in bands: artist = Artist(name=band)   album = Album(artist=new_artist, title=u"Read All About It", release_date=datetime.date(1988,12,01), publisher=u"Refuge", media_type=u"CD")   albums = [{"artist": new_artist, "title": "Hell is for Wimps", "release_date": datetime.date(1990,07,31), "publisher": "Sparrow", "media_type": "CD" }, {"artist": new_artist, "title": "Love Liberty Disco", "release_date": datetime.date(1999,11,16), "publisher": "Sparrow", "media_type": "CD" }, {"artist": new_artist, "title": "Thrive", "release_date": datetime.date(2002,03,26), "publisher": "Sparrow", "media_type": "CD"} ]   for album in albums: a = Album(**album)   if __name__ == "__main__": add_data()   # use db_session as a context manager with pny.db_session: a = Artist(name="Skillet")

You will note that we need to use a decorator caled db_session to work with the database. It takes care of opening a connection, committing the data and closing the connection. You can also use it as a context manager, which is demonstrated at the very end of this piece of code.

Using Basic Queries to Modify Records with Pony ORM

In this section, we will learn how to make some basic queries and modify a few entries in our database.

] import pony.orm as pny   from models import Artist, Album   with pny.db_session: band = Artist.get(name="Newsboys") print band.name   for record in band.albums: print record.title   # update a record band_name = Artist.get(name="Kutless") band_name.name = "Beach Boys"

Here we use the db_session as a context manager. We make a query to get an artist object from the database and print its name. Then we loop over the artist’s albums that are also contained in the returned object. Finally, we change one of the artist’s names.

Let’s try querying the database using a generator:

result = pny.select(i.name for i in Artist) result.show()

If you run this code, you should see something like the following:

Beach Boys
Thousand Foot Krutch

The documentation has several other examples that are worth checking out. Note that Pony also supports using SQL itself via its select_by_sql and get_by_sql methods.

How to Delete Records in Pony ORM

Deleting records with Pony is also pretty easy. Let’s remove one of the bands from the database:

import pony.orm as pny   from models import Artist   with pny.db_session: band = Artist.get(name="MXPX") band.delete()

Once more we use db_session to access the database and commit our changes. We use the band object’s delete method to remove the record. You will need to dig to find out if Pony supports cascading deletes where if you delete the Artist, it will also delete all the Albums that are connected to it. According to the docs, if the field is Required, then cascade is enabled.

Wrapping Up

Now you know the basics of using the Pony ORM package. I personally think the documentation needs a little work as you have to dig a lot to find some of the functionality that I felt should have been in the tutorials. Overall though, the documentation is still a lot better than most projects. Give it a go and see what you think!

Additional Resources

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Daniel Pocock: Australia can't criticize Putin while competing with him

Planet Debian - Mon, 2014-07-21 13:00

While much of the world is watching the tragedy of MH17 and contemplating the grim fate of 298 deceased passengers sealed into a refrigerated freight train in the middle of a war zone, Australia (with 28 victims on that train) has more than just theoretical skeletons in the closet too.

At this moment, some 153 Tamil refugees, fleeing the same type of instability that brought a horrible death to the passengers of MH17, have been locked up in the hull of a customs ship on the high seas. Windowless cabins and a supply of food not fit for a dog are part of the Government's strategy to brutalize these people for simply trying to avoid the risk of enhanced imprisonment(TM) in their own country.

Under international protocol for rescue at sea and political asylum, these people should be taken to the nearest port and given a humanitarian visa on arrival. Australia, however, is trying to lie and cheat their way out of these international obligations while squealing like a stuck pig about the plight of Australians in the hands of Putin. If Prime Minister Tony Abbott wants to encourage Putin to co-operate with the international community, shouldn't he try to lead by example? How can Australians be safe abroad if our country systematically abuses foreigners in their time of need?

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FSF Blogs: Introducing Tyler Livingston, a summer Licensing Team intern

GNU Planet! - Mon, 2014-07-21 12:45

Hello. I am a rising Third Year law student at SMU Dedman School of Law in Dallas, TX. I am working hard to master the technical aspects of law, electronics, and software. My current interests involve protecting individuals and investigating new technology, particularly in the communications field by utilizing licenses for authorship, art, and inventions. Prior to law school, I attained a bachelor's degree in History at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Licensing is where I began to be involved with free software; the FSF in particular utilizes a great strategy of working within the current licensing jurisprudence by using copyleft to support freedom and empowerment for users over their computers and software. My computer science skills are lacking, but I have worked with UNIX systems in the past and am now finally feeling comfortable enough to make a permanent switch to enjoy software on my own terms. Other interests include electronics and travel (with a trip planned to Eastern Europe later this year).

Over the summer I will be working with the licensing department on various projects, including the Free Software Directory, publications, and hopefully a bit of the nitty-gritty licensing terms and compliance issues. The number one priority for my time at the FSF is to learn. Collaboration brings together society and carries with it several other natural positive externalities. I hope to integrate into the free software community because it is an integral cog of the free software movement. I am extremely excited to reach out to others and soak up as much as I can from this enthralling environment.

I encourage all to contact me at tlivingston@fsf.org.

More information about the FSF's internship program is available at https://www.fsf.org/volunteer/internships.

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Introducing Tyler Livingston, a summer Licensing Team intern

FSF Blogs - Mon, 2014-07-21 12:45

Hello. I am a rising Third Year law student at SMU Dedman School of Law in Dallas, TX. I am working hard to master the technical aspects of law, electronics, and software. My current interests involve protecting individuals and investigating new technology, particularly in the communications field by utilizing licenses for authorship, art, and inventions. Prior to law school, I attained a bachelor's degree in History at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Licensing is where I began to be involved with free software; the FSF in particular utilizes a great strategy of working within the current licensing jurisprudence by using copyleft to support freedom and empowerment for users over their computers and software. My computer science skills are lacking, but I have worked with UNIX systems in the past and am now finally feeling comfortable enough to make a permanent switch to enjoy software on my own terms. Other interests include electronics and travel (with a trip planned to Eastern Europe later this year).

Over the summer I will be working with the licensing department on various projects, including the Free Software Directory, publications, and hopefully a bit of the nitty-gritty licensing terms and compliance issues. The number one priority for my time at the FSF is to learn. Collaboration brings together society and carries with it several other natural positive externalities. I hope to integrate into the free software community because it is an integral cog of the free software movement. I am extremely excited to reach out to others and soak up as much as I can from this enthralling environment.

I encourage all to contact me at tlivingston@fsf.org.

More information about the FSF's internship program is available at https://www.fsf.org/volunteer/internships.

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Mediacurrent: 10 Reasons Enterprise Marketers Choose Drupal

Planet Drupal - Mon, 2014-07-21 11:43

As marketers, you understand the importance of having a system that promotes ease and efficiency when it comes to implementing marketing processes. You want to create content once and use it over and over in different ways to create contextual user experiences. 

Drupal provides you with a variety of powerful, integrated tools to not only help you understand who you visitors are and what they want to accomplish, but to also dig deeper into their interactions, engagements and habits with your site. 

Here are just a few reasons why enterprise marketers adopt Drupal. 

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Lars Heinemann: How to install JBoss Fuse Tooling into Eclipse Luna

Planet Apache - Mon, 2014-07-21 10:58
Installation of JBoss Fuse Tooling for Eclipse Luna:

Before continuing please keep in mind that you are now installing a development snapshot of the tooling for Eclipse Luna. This is a work in progress and not released yet.

Lets choose the download for Eclipse Standard 4.4. Once the download finished unpack the archive onto your hard drive and start Eclipse by executing the Eclipse launcher. Choose your workspace and then you should find yourself in the Eclipse Welcome Screen. (only if you start it for the first time)
Welcome to Eclipse Luna!
Now lets open the Help menu from the top menu bar and select the entry "Install new Software".

Lets define a new update site location for JBoss Fuse Tooling. Click the "Add" button next to the combo box for the update sites.

Now enter the following...

JBoss Fuse Tooling (Luna)
Click the OK button to add the new update site to your Eclipse installation.
A new dialog will open up and ask you what features to install from the new update site:

There are three features available from that update site:

JBoss Fuse Camel Editor Feature:
This feature gives you the route editor for Apache Camel Routes, a new project wizard to setup new integration modules and the option to launch your new routes locally for testing purposes.

JBoss Fuse Runtimes Feature:
This allows you to monitor your routes, trace messages, edit remote routes and there are also Fabric bits available to work with Fuse Fabric.

JBoss Fuse Server Extension Feature:
When installing this feature you will get server adapters for Apache ServiceMixApache Karaf, Fabric8 and JBoss Fuse runtimes. It allows you to start / stop those servers and to connect to their shell. Deployment options are also available.

Once you are done with selecting your features click on the Next button. The following screen will show you what will be installed into your Luna installation.

You can review your selection and make changes to it by clicking the Back button if needed. If all is fine you can click the Next button instead. This will lead you to the license agreement screen. You need to agree to the licenses in order to install the software.

Once that is done you can click again the Next button and the installation will start by downloading all needed plugins and features. Once that is done the new features will be installed into your Luna folder. Before that happens Eclipse will warn you that you are going to install unsigned content. This happens because our plugins are not signed but thats nothing to worry about. Just click OK to do the installation.

After everything is installed Eclipse will ask you for a restart.

Click the Yes button to restart Eclipse. When the restart is done you will be able to select the Fuse Integration perspective from the perspectives list.

Well done! You've installed JBoss Fuse Tooling for Eclipse Luna! 

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Phase2: Talking Mapping at the 2014 ESIP Summer Meeting

Planet Drupal - Mon, 2014-07-21 10:43

Last week I had the opportunity to present at the Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) Summer Meeting held in Copper Mountain, CO. The Summer Meeting is a gathering of IT professionals from across several different agencies such as NASA, NOAA and USGS. Each year, the group comes together to talk about the challenges that they each face while trying to engage and support the scientific community.

When I got in on Wednesday a few of us got together to talk about how to kickstart the Science on Drupal group. While there’s been a science presence in the Drupal community for several years now in one form or another, there’s been a recent interest in pooling resources together to make a larger group. We had a great time strategizing how to grow the group over chips and salsa.

For my presentation, I went over various different tools for doing online mapping work, both with native Drupal tools and other toolsets.

One of the big challenges that this community has to face is how to work with large datasets that don’t fit neatly into a typical Drupal site. For my part, we spent a lot of time going over how to leverage tools like D3, CartoDB, GeoServer, and Mapbox to connect to data outside of Drupal and provide meaningful interaction with it.

They also exposed me to DEIMS, a Drupal distribution that they had collaborated on that also features some interesting ways to interact with external data. There was a great presentation at Drupalcon Austin on the distribution that’s definitely worth checking out.

If you’re interested in catching the presentation, the slides are posted on Github and the video is here. If you’re interested in catching up with what’s going on with the Drupal in Science working group, check out their page on groups.drupal.org.

Thanks again to Adam Shepherd and the rest of the ESIP Drupal Working Group for inviting me out to hang out and learn from their experiences.

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