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(Interior) Design Ideas?

By David Ascher, February 12, 2006

We've started planning the move from our current location (which we've occupied for over five years) into new digs. While we're not yet 100% sure where we'll end up, it's likely that we'll get a chance to make some interior...

We've started planning the move from our current location (which we've occupied for over five years) into new digs.  While we're not yet 100% sure where we'll end up, it's likely that we'll get a chance to make some interior design changes, pick furniture, maybe change the lighting, etc. 

Upgrading ActiveState software on Windows

By Kevin "kj" Woolley, February 9, 2006

Here is a quick guide to the steps to take when upgrading any ActiveState software package running on the Windows platform. Following proper upgrade procedures can keep a variety of problems from occurring -- these errors can be fairly tricky...

Here is a quick guide to the steps to take when upgrading any ActiveState software package running on the Windows platform.  Following proper upgrade procedures can keep a variety of problems from occurring -- these errors can be fairly tricky to debug.

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Category: dynamic languages

ActivePython compilation: why VS7?

By Kevin "kj" Woolley, February 7, 2006

I had an interesting question today, and it turned out to have an interesting answer. I thought I'd put it here for posterity's sake, and to give people a little insight as to why decisions get made the way they...

I had an interesting question today, and it turned out to have an interesting answer.  I thought I'd put it here for posterity's sake, and to give people a little insight as to why decisions get made the way they do behind the scenes.

No readline in ActivePython

By Kevin "kj" Woolley, February 6, 2006

If you've used a Python.org build of Python before starting to use ActivePython, you may have grown fond of the command history and editing provided by the use of libreadline. Where Python.org Python gives you the last line you entered...

If you've used a Python.org build of Python before starting to use ActivePython, you may have grown fond of the command history and editing provided by the use of libreadline.  Where Python.org Python gives you the last line you entered when you hit up-arrow, ActivePython gives you ^[[A.

Finding files locally first

By Kevin "kj" Woolley, February 6, 2006

When you're editing and debugging files remotely with mod_perl or similar, it can be handy to tell Komodo to look for a copy of a source file on the local disk first, before downloading a copy from the server. Fortunately,...

When you're editing and debugging files remotely with mod_perl or similar, it can be handy to tell Komodo to look for a copy of a source file on the local disk first, before downloading a copy from the server.  Fortunately, the solution is easy at hand.  It's a few menus deep, though.

libpthread: how to get it

By Kevin "kj" Woolley, February 6, 2006

On Linux, Komodo requires the standard pthreads library to be installed. Some distributions have setup options that will omit this library. This article will briefly describe what threads are, why they're important to Komodo, and how to install libpthread on...

On Linux, Komodo requires the standard pthreads library to be installed.  Some distributions have setup options that will omit this library.  This article will briefly describe what threads are, why they're important to Komodo, and how to install libpthread on the system.

libstdc++5: how to get it

By Kevin "kj" Woolley, February 6, 2006

On Linux, Komodo requires a library called libstdc++.so.5 to be present on the system. Many systems that are more than a few years old or newer than a year or so old do not have this library installed. This article...

On Linux, Komodo requires a library called libstdc++.so.5 to be present on the system.  Many systems that are more than a few years old or newer than a year or so old do not have this library installed.  This article is a brief ditty on what it is, why it's important, and how to install it.

bioperl on ActivePerl

By Kevin "kj" Woolley, February 3, 2006

There is an extensive set of Perl modules available for bioinformatics, and bioperl is probably the best collection around. However, we don't have the latest version in our PPM repository, because it is difficult to build automatically. However, the bioperl...

There is an extensive set of Perl modules available for bioinformatics, and bioperl is probably the best collection around.  However, we don't have the latest version in our PPM repository, because it is difficult to build automatically.

Perl special variables $a and $b

By Kevin "kj" Woolley, February 3, 2006

Here's an often-used, but little-remembered fact about Perl that has caused some confusion on more than one occasion: $a and $b are special. They are (among other things) used in custom sort blocks, but unfortunately the Perl documentation uses them...

Here's an often-used, but little-remembered fact about Perl that has caused some confusion on more than one occasion:  $a and $b are special.

Disconnected PPM operations

By Kevin "kj" Woolley, February 3, 2006

For those times when you really, really can't get online directly, but want the comforts of PPM at your side, there actually is a way to do it. A little talk with Gozer made it all clear. PPM can be...

For those times when you really, really can't get online directly, but want the comforts of PPM at your side, there actually is a way to do it.  A little talk with Gozer made it all clear.

PPM can be convinced to use a local directory as a repository.  So make yourself a directory, and issue the following command from within the PPM shell: