The Right Way to Summarize Performance

Summarizing the average performance of a set of things under different loads is a particularly tricky thing. The correct way to summarize performance is to use the geometric mean instead of the arithmetic mean. The tricky part is that the difference between the arithmetic and geometric mean is only significant under a certain condition, so the impact of using the arithmetic mean instead of the geometric may not be painfully obvious. Let’s start with an example.

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Simple Directed Graph in Python

This is a work in progress, there’s a lot of complex questions you can ask about graphs, but I though it was neat that you could produce an actual graphy looking thing in so few lines of code. This is a directed graph, and you use the graph object to first create nodes, and then define (unweighted) edges between them or to themselves. The __repr__() method just lists the node data, whatever that is, with an ASCII arrow pointing to another node’s data.

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Singly Linked List in Python

I was reading about data structures this evening and I worked out simple singly linked list. The neat thing about this implementation is that a I made it iterable, also. I’d originally wanted to provide a minimal working singly linked list, and then add features and testing with explanations, but it’s been a long day. This example assumes that you’re using Python2.7; version 3 provides a __next__ class method.

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Use Vagrant to Manage an OEL6 Virtual Machine

Vagrant is a tool that you can use to set up, configure, and access a VM through the command line. This is a life changer. I love it. In this post I’ll walk through setting up an OEL6 virtual machine, installing a non-ancient version of Python, and configuring the port forwarding so that you can use it for backend web development. (The port forwarding is not obvious on RHEL/OEL.)

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