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Just updated - both Optimize Images and Optimize Images X

Just updated - both Optimize Images and Optimize Images X

This time, we are releasing both Optimize Images and Optimize Images X at the same time. The original CLI version now uses temporary files with in-memory buffers, which prevents unnecessary I/O, and also displays more detailed and more useful version information. Optimize Images X, the GUI version, is now compatible with Python3.7+ and has the ability to open or preview a selected image.
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Just updated - Optimize Images X v0.9.1 (Beta 2)

Just updated - Optimize Images X v0.9.1 (Beta 2)

So, just 3 days after the first public beta, here we got the second beta for Optimize Images X. It includes an important hot fix for Windows and Linux, and two new usability features.
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New project: Optimize Images X

New project: Optimize Images X

Just for fun, this month I set myself to start a new Python project. It’s the same as Optimize Images, but with a big X and a nice graphical user interface. It wants to help you reduce the file size of images, and hopefully make your websites load faster.
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Searching and replacing text on long files with Vim

Searching and replacing text on long files with Vim

You may wonder how I came up with this topic. I usually code in a graphical IDE like PyCharm or Visual Studio, or even a text editor like VS Code or BBEdit. But sometimes you need some lightweight application that is capable of opening and efficiently edit a file. I often return to VIM for quick edits in small files. Sometimes, just for the convenience of not leaving the shell. Other times, because it’s a powerful editor that runs perfectly under a SSH connection. And a few days ago, it was the only application I had installed on Windows which would let me open, navigate and read a several GB heavy text file without complaining.
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Quick tip – How to quickly read just the last lines of a huge text file

Quick tip – How to quickly read just the last lines of a huge text file

If you’re a developer or a systems administrator, sooner or later you will meet that HUUUGE, GIANT, ENORMOUS file. A file that weights several gigabytes of more or less cryptic system or application logging messages, with no rotation scheme in place. Since log files are usually built by appending the most recent information to the end, probably you just need to check out the last 100 or 1000 lines, in order to find out why an application has crashed or failed to operate properly some seconds or a minute ago. Turns out that reading such huge files may not be as simple as editing them in Notepad. Probably, an application like that won’t even be able to the file. So, what else can you do?
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Get started with Vim!

Get started with Vim!

This is the tutorial I wish I had around some years ago, when I first tried to learn how to use Vim. If you’re just beginning to know this amazing text editor, please keep reading, I am writing this tutorial right for you!
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Graphical User Interfaces on Python with tkinter

Graphical User Interfaces on Python with tkinter

This Wednesday, 1 August, I did a brief presentation on GUI programming on Python with Tkinter, at Blip.PT, during a Summer Talks event promoted together by DevOps Porto and Python Porto. This article puts together the main topics from my presentation, and adds a few details that I couldn’t fit in the short time of that session.
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Python to the rescue!

Python to the rescue!

One day you find yourself in a situation you need to set up an automatic backup system and you realise that your old server does not support Dropbox anymore. The sollution: getting your hands to work and write a program for that task.
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