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Thursday, July 31, 2014

timeat in Go

Wrote timeat, which shows time at a specific location, in Go as well. (For comparison the Python version is here). To install either go get or download the executables.

Working in a multi-timezone team, this script comes handy from time to time (as well as worldtimebuddy :).

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Generating Byte Arrays for Assets in Go using xxd

Go's net/http server is pretty fast, but sometimes you want to get faster. One way to do that is to create a binary array in memory for static files (assets). Here's how I generate the byte arrays automatically with xxd.

Note that this makes the build go slower as you have more and bigger assets.If this is a problem, take a look at nrsc ;)

Since the go toolchain does not support custom steps currently, I'm using make.



Sunday, July 06, 2014

Hook to Update Tag List when Changing git Branch

I use ctags with Vim to move around. At work we use git feature branches, which means code changes when you switch a branch. Here's a very simple post-checkout hook to update the tag list whenever you switch branches.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Use dict to Speed Up Your Code

In Python, dictionary access is very fast. You can use that to get some speedup in your code  by replacing if/else with dictionary get.

In [1]: fn1 = lambda x: 1 if x == 't' else 0

In [2]: fn2 = {'t': 1, 'f': 0}.get

In [3]: %timeit fn1('y')  # Check "True" branch
10000000 loops, best of 3: 124 ns per loop

In [4]: %timeit fn2('y')
10000000 loops, best of 3: 79.6 ns per loop

In [5]: %timeit fn1('f')  # Check "False" branch
10000000 loops, best of 3: 125 ns per loop

In [6]: %timeit fn2('f')
10000000 loops, best of 3: 81.3 ns per loop

About 30% speedup - not bad :)

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

HTTPDir - Small OSX Utility to Serve a Directory over HTTP

HTTPDir is a small utility that lets you serve content of a directory over HTTP.

This is handy when you develop static sites that has reference to external resources. It is also aimed to people who are not comfortable with the command line.

HTTPDir is a simple Python script that uses Tkinter. It is packed in a format that OSX recognizes as an application. See the code here (look under

Friday, May 23, 2014

"timeat" updated

timeat updated to use the new(ish) Google Time Zone API.
$ timeat haifa
Haifa, Israel: Fri May 23, 2014 22:16
$ timeat paris
Paris, France: Fri May 23, 2014 21:17
Paris, TX, USA: Fri May 23, 2014 14:17
Paris, TN 38242, USA: Fri May 23, 2014 14:17
Paris, IL 61944, USA: Fri May 23, 2014 14:17
Paris, KY 40361, USA: Fri May 23, 2014 15:17

Oh, and there's also a Go version.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Important vs Urgent

This was a lesson I learned a long time ago, maybe other people will find it useful as well.

Look at the chart above, we divide tasks to four categories on the urgent/important dimensions. Let's look at each category:
  1. Not urgent and important - this is where you (and most successful companies) should spent your time. This means investing in infrastructure, making your process more efficient ...
  2. JFDI. However if you find that most of your time is spent there - you're doing something wrong.
  3. Don't bother.
  4. This is the big time sucker. Try to avoid at all cost.
Note: "If everything is important, then nothing is." - Patrick Lencioni

See more here, here and here.

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