Bye, bye, Wordpress. Until recently I was pretty happy with my wordpress.com blog. But then I decided, that I want to host to product blogs and may be start a photo blog myself. Doing this on wordpress.com is way to expensive. On the other hand I don’t use many of the advanced features provided by Wordpress - actually I only use the custom domain. $99 is a bit to expensive per blog.
Recently I bought a Fuji X100F - a wonderful retro style camera. I absolutely love it, even though I am still struggling to master it. I like to share some links, that I found helpful recently. The camera is absolutely beautiful. And it deserves a cute strap. I got mine from Hyperion Camera Straps. Handmade, affordable and stylish. Everyone has one, so I needed a soft release button, too. Mine is from JCC.
After my first steps with Lambda, Zappa and Flask I created some small applications to try various Zappa configuration options and play with some AWS services. Setting up the project got pretty boring after the second or third toy project. But for python developers there is a solution to automate these tasks - cookiecutter. I created a cookiecutter template to easily and quickly create a new project, that can be deployed on AWS Lambda and uses Flask along with some other goodies.
Update: After receiving some feedback, that it is not obvious if you need to use Python 2 or 3 for this article, I decided, that I want to update it all the way for Python 3. AWS Lambda supports it, Zappa supports it and we all want Python 3! I wanted to try out AWS Lambda for a while now. But it took some time to find a reasonable development task that fits this infrastructure.
Python 3.6 has been released just before Christmas. A great new release of my favorite programming language! It includes some nice additions to the language: f-strings, asynchronous generators, asynchronous comprehensions, asyncio has been stabilized and a lot more. Here are some handy links to get up to date with this new release. Of course I have to link to the official release notes. Personally I find them a bit to detailed to get a good overview about the big changes.
Honestly, Hammerspoon is an awesome tool to automate your macOS computer. It can react to system events, keyboard shortcuts and much more. Just have a look at its API and the Getting Started Guide. It is made for people that are not afraid to use an editor and code in the sweet programming language Lua. If you can code, it is more then sufficient to take a look at Learn Lua in Y Minutes to get a good grasp of Lua.
It’s the end of 2016 and I feel the strong urge to start a new blog. Recently, my life has changed significantly. I got seriously ill this summer. Of course my top priority is to completely recover until early 2017. But besides that I have a lot of time to spend on reading, researching, developing and writing about my favorite tech topics. So, this time the topic of the blog is strictly tech and nerd stuff.