Monthly Archives: September 2021

Generating a Word Cloud of Tags in Python

This is a very simple code but generates very cool Word Cloud result in PNG format.

from wordcloud import WordCloud

# Add your tags in here separated by commas and as many times as they appear
s_text = "Python, Software development, PHP, Cloud providers, Python, Python, Software development, Scaling"

o_word_cloud = WordCloud(height=800,
                         width=800,
                         background_color="white",
                         max_words=150,
                         min_font_size=5,
                         collocation_threshold=10).generate_from_text(s_text)

o_word_cloud.to_file("words.png")

That version generated the image .PNG file.

If you want to display this in mathlib or inside PyCharm embedded view, you can install matplotlib with:

pip3 install matplotlib

Then with this code you can display a matplotlib viewer:

import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
from wordcloud import WordCloud

if __name__ == "__main__":
    # Add your tags in here separated by commas and as many times as they appear
    s_text = "Python, Software development, PHP, Cloud providers, Python, Python, Software development, Scaling"

    o_word_cloud = WordCloud(height=800,
                             width=800,
                             background_color="white",
                             max_words=150,
                             min_font_size=5,
                             collocation_threshold=10).generate_from_text(s_text)

    plt.figure(figsize=(10,8))
    plt.imshow(o_word_cloud)
    plt.axis("off")
    plt.tight_layout(pad=0)
    plt.show()

News from the blog 2021-09-20

  • I’ve published a very simple game, Tic Tac Toe, that I created for my Python 3 Exercises for Beginners book.
  • I’ve raised back the price for my books to normal levels.
    I’ve been keeping the price to the minimum to help people that wanted to learn during covid-19. I consider that who wanted to learn has already done it.

I still have bundles with a somewhat reduced price, and I authorized LeanPub platform to do discounts up to 50% at their discretion.

Bundle of four books in https://leanpub.com/b/python3-exercises-zfs-assemble-computer

https://leanpub.com/b/python3-exercises-zfs-assemble-computer

  • I’ve been deleting AMIs, Snapshots, Volumes and backups from Amazon instances I’ll no longer use.

I’ve migrated to Docker some sites and WordPress sites and now I’m CSP (Cloud Service Provider) agnostic. I can deploy wherever I want.

We pay per GB used of storage, so my money will get a better usage.

As I said in my old article from 2013, The Cloud is for Scaling. For Startups and for Enterprises. It is too expensive for small and medium companies.

  • For those studying Python there is a Virtual Meetup about Data Analysis, in Spanish ,the 23th of September

https://www.meetup.com/tech-barcelona/events/280791310/

More meetups:

https://www.meetup.com/tech-barcelona/

Python Game Tic Tac Toe

I implemented this very simple game for my book Python 3 Exercises for Beginners.

Source Code available here:

https://gitlab.com/carles.mateo/python-classes/-/blob/main/2021-09-10/game_tic-tac-toe.py


class TicTacToe:

    def __init__(self):
        self.a_a_s_map = []
        self.generate_map()

    def generate_map(self):
        self.a_a_s_map = []

        for i_y in range(3):
            a_s_pos_x = [" ", " ", " "]
            self.a_a_s_map.append(a_s_pos_x)

    def get_map(self):
        s_map = ""

        s_map = s_map + "    1   2   3\n"
        s_map = s_map + "  -------------\n"
        for i_y in range(3):
            s_map = s_map + str(i_y + 1) + " |"
            for s_char in self.a_a_s_map[i_y]:
                s_map = s_map + " " + s_char + " |"
            s_map = s_map + "\n"
            s_map = s_map + "  -------------\n"

        return s_map

    def validate_move(self, s_char, i_x, i_y):
        """
        Validates the movement and updates the map
        :param s_char:
        :param i_x:
        :param i_y:
        :return: bool
        """
        i_x = i_x - 1
        i_y = i_y - 1

        if self.a_a_s_map[i_y][i_x] == " ":
            self.a_a_s_map[i_y][i_x] = s_char
            return True

        return False

    def check_win(self):
        for s_char in ["O", "X"]:

            # check horizontal
            for i_y in range(3):
                i_horizontal_match = 0
                for i_x in range(3):
                    if self.a_a_s_map[i_y][i_x] == s_char:
                        i_horizontal_match = i_horizontal_match + 1
                if i_horizontal_match == 3:
                    return True

            # Check vertical
            for i_x in range(3):
                i_vertical_match = 0
                for i_y in range(3):
                    if self.a_a_s_map[i_y][i_x] == s_char:
                        i_vertical_match = i_vertical_match + 1
                if i_vertical_match == 3:
                    return True

            # Check diagonal
            if self.a_a_s_map[1][1] == s_char:
                if self.a_a_s_map[0][0] == s_char and self.a_a_s_map[2][2] == s_char:
                    return True
                if self.a_a_s_map[0][2] == s_char and self.a_a_s_map[2][0] == s_char:
                    return True

        return False

    def check_stale(self):
        for i_y in range(3):
            for i_x in range(3):
                if self.a_a_s_map[i_y][i_x] == " ":
                    # Is not full
                    return False

        # We checked all and all were full
        return True


def get_from_keyboard(s_question, i_min, i_max):
    i_number = 0
    while True:
        s_answer = input(s_question)
        try:
            i_number = int(s_answer)
        except:
            print("Please, type a number")
            continue

        if i_number < i_min or i_number > i_max:
            print("Invalid value. Values should be between", i_min, "and", i_max)
            continue

        # Validations are Ok
        break

    return i_number


if __name__ == "__main__":
    o_tictactoe = TicTacToe()

    while True:

        s_map = o_tictactoe.get_map()
        print(s_map)

        while True:
            i_x = get_from_keyboard("Your move O for x: ", i_min=1, i_max=3)
            i_y = get_from_keyboard("Your move O for y: ", i_min=1, i_max=3)

            b_valid_move = o_tictactoe.validate_move("O", i_x, i_y)
            if b_valid_move is False:
                print("Invalid move")
                continue

            break

        s_map = o_tictactoe.get_map()
        print(s_map)
        b_check_win = o_tictactoe.check_win()
        if b_check_win is True:
            print("Player O wins!")
            exit(0)

        b_stale = o_tictactoe.check_stale()
        if b_stale is True:
            print("Nobody wins in war")
            exit(0)

        while True:
            i_x = get_from_keyboard("Your move X for x: ", i_min=1, i_max=3)
            i_y = get_from_keyboard("Your move X for y: ", i_min=1, i_max=3)

            b_valid_move = o_tictactoe.validate_move("X", i_x, i_y)
            if b_valid_move is False:
                print("Invalid move")
                continue

            break

        s_map = o_tictactoe.get_map()
        print(s_map)
        b_check_win = o_tictactoe.check_win()
        if b_check_win is True:
            print("Player X wins!")
            exit(0)

News from the blog 2021-09-07

  • Blocking Ip addresses in the firewall

I’ve been blocking entire ranges from Cloud Providers, as some of their Ip’s were being used to try to hack/abuse the blog.

After some time blocking individual Ip’s, I opted for being some more effective and blocking /24 (the class C for the offending Ip).

If you work for a CSP and you can’t see my blog from your range, this is the reason.

  • I have updated my two Python books.

For Python 3 simple exercises for beginners I’ve added this new content:

v.0.29 and v.0.28 Python 3 Simple Exercises for Beginners
Added a new section Games, with a first game “Guess my number”

Provided a solution for the recipe Exercise 3: Create a function that will ask a user for a number from Keyboard input, and return the result, only when the value is between the accepted ranges.

Added two new questions to the Quiz section.

Fixed a docstring in Recipes Exercise 4, referring to a String return value which it was an Integer.

Added an exercise for retrieving a JSON with your public Ip

Added a new exercise for converting bytes to kilobytes with two decimal positions.

Added a new exercise / recipe to SSH to a Server with Username and Password and execute a command, using the Paramiko library.

For Python 3 Combat Guide I have added this new content:

v.1.02 Python 3 Combat Guide

Added a new exercise / recipe to SSH to a Server with Username and Password and execute a command using Paramiko library. I added two examples executing commands uptime and df -h /

Show an alternative way to run Flask apps.

Added new interesting packages.

As long as covid is active I plan to keep the minimum price of each of my books at the minimum accepted by LeanPub which is USD $5.

I also enable bundles and enable LeanPub to make punctual discounts to make them even more affordable to humble pockets.

  • I’m going to teach an initiation to programming class, a live Zoom session of 1 hour, plus 15 minutes for questions, for Free. It will be a very basic starting class for absolute beginners.

It will be performed at a time around 19:00 Irish time, wich is 11:00 AM in Irivine, CA time, to maximize the opportunities for people to assist.

If you would like to join, write me an email:

There are not many spots available, but if there is no room for you this time I may contact you for the next time.

This version adds class StringUtils, and a set of methods to perform different useful tasks with Strings, like converting a number to the biggest unit with sense, like a large number of bytes to PB, a smaller one to TB, or GB, MB, KB, justifying strings to the right or to the left, and cap the number of chars to a specified one, etc…

I have many libraries that I’ve been building across the years, and I’m liberating them as Open Source, as soon as I have time to make sure that are compatible with Python 3.5 or superior (and with Python 2.6 when possible), and I have time to add a decent Unit Testing Code Coverage.

I try to release libraries that have no other dependencies. After that I’ll start releasing my libs that have dependencies, like to work with MySQL, SQLite, web scrapping, etc…

Have a cheap Ubuntu in your Windows or Mac with Docker

I had this idea after one my Python and Linux students with two laptops, a Mac OS X and a Windows one explained me that the Mac OS X is often taken by their daughters, and that the Windows 10 laptop has not enough memory to run PyCharm and Virtual Box fluently. She wanted to have a Linux VM to practice Linux, and do the Bash exercises.

So this article explains how to create a Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Docker Container, and execute a shell were you can practice Linux, Ubuntu, Bash, and you can use it to run Python, Apache, PHP, MySQL… as well, if you want.

You need to install Docker for Windows of for Mac:

Docker for Windows is very handy and visual

Just pay attention to your type of processor: Mac with Intel chip or Mac with apple chip.

The first thing is to create the Dockerfile.

FROM ubuntu:20.04

MAINTAINER Carles Mateo

ARG DEBIAN_FRONTEND=noninteractive

RUN apt update && \
    apt install -y vim python3-pip &&  \
    apt install -y net-tools mc htop less strace zip gzip lynx && \
    pip3 install pytest && \
    apt-get clean

RUN echo "#!/bin/bash\nwhile [ true ]; do sleep 60; done" > /root/loop.sh; chmod +x /root/loop.sh

CMD ["/root/loop.sh"]

So basically the file named Dockerfile contains all the blueprints for our Docker Container to be created.

You see that I all the installs and clean ups in one single line. That’s because Docker generates a layer of virtual disk per each line in the Dockerfile. The layers are persistent, so even if in the next line we delete the temporary files, the space used will not be recovered.

You see also that I generate a Bash file with an infinite loop that sleeps 60 seconds each loop and save it as /root/loop.sh This is the file that later is called with CMD, so basically when the Container is created will execute this infinite loop. Basically we give to the Container a non ending task to prevent it from running, and exiting.

Now that you have the Dockerfile is time to build the Container.

For Mac open a terminal and type this command inside the directory where you have the Dockerfile file:

sudo docker build -t cheap_ubuntu .

I called the image cheap_ubuntu but you can set the name that you prefer.

For Windows 10 open a Command Prompt with Administrative rights and then change directory (cd) to the one that has your Dockerfile file.

docker.exe build -t cheap_ubuntu .
Image being built… (some data has been covered in white)

Now that you have the image built, you can create a Container based on it.

For Mac:

sudo docker run -d --name cheap_ubuntu cheap_ubuntu

For Windows (you can use docker.exe or just docker):

docker.exe run -d --name cheap_ubuntu cheap_ubuntu

Now you have Container named cheap_ubuntu based on the image cheap_ubuntu.

It’s time to execute an interactive shell and be able to play:

sudo docker exec -it cheap_ubuntu /bin/bash

For Windows:

docker.exe exec -it cheap_ubuntu /bin/bash
Our Ubuntu terminal inside Windows

Now you have an interactive shell, as root, to your cheap_ubuntu Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Container.

You’ll not be able to run the graphical interface, but you have a complete Ubuntu to learn to program in Bash and to use Linux from Command Line.

You will exit the interactive Bash session in the container with:

exit

If you want to stop the Container:

sudo docker stop cheap_ubuntu

Or for Windows:

docker.exe stop cheap_ubuntu

If you want to see what Containers are running do:

sudo docker ps