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Simple Python Script for Extracting Text from an SRT File

Watching movies or TV shows in a foreign language is great for learning that language, but it can be challenging. Quick speech, slang, and background noise can all make understanding more challenging. I find it helpful to have subtitles that match the speech, but foreign-language films/shows don’t always have subtitles. Fortunately, you can often find subtitle files (with a .srt extension) at opensubtitles.org. Unfortunately, those files aren’t easy to read, because they are marked up with timestamps and include every sound made (e.g., mobile phone ringing). Continue Reading »


The 25 Hottest Technologies in Q2 2016

Based on the number of active StackOverflow posts, the 25 hottest technologies of Q2, 2016 are:

  1. JavaScript – 11.7%
  2. Java – 9.9%
  3. Android – 8.6%
  4. PHP – 7.5%
  5. C# – 7.2%
  6. Python – 6.8%
  7. jQuery – 5.2%
  8. HTML – 5.0%
  9. iOS – 4.3%
  10. CSS – 3.5%
  11. C++ – 3.4%
  12. MySQL – 3.1%
  13. AngularJS – 3.1%
  14. SQL – 2.4%
  15. Swift – 2.3%
  16. Node.Js – 2.1%
  17. R – 2.0%
  18. JSON – 1.8%
  19. Ruby on Rails – 1.7%
  20. ASP.NET – 1.7%
  21. C – 1.5%
  22. SQL Server – 1.5%
  23. Objective-C – 1.4%
  24. .NET – 1.3%
  25. Excel – 1.2%

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ColdFusion Builder and Indentation Woes

We use Adobe ColdFusion Builder 2016 for our ColdFusion development. We have agreed on using spaces rather than tabs for indentation, but have run into an annoying little problem, which is either a bug or a very well hidden property. When adding an indentation level, CFBuilder always adds a tab. You can press Backspace and then Tab to change it to two spaces, but that’s annoying. Here’s the problem in pictures: Continue Reading »


Python Project for Job Application

You have an opening for a Python developer in your company. Your company is awesome, so you expect to get a lot of applications. You only want to interview developers who have some experience writing object-oriented Python code. You don’t need to test the breadth of their immediate knowledge as much as their ability to get a project done using all the resources available to them.

Here’s an idea for a project you can give the candidates to demonstrate their proficiency with Python. Continue Reading »


NYTimes.com, Please Stop Blocking Copy & Paste

Please share to see if we can get the NYTimes.com to change this.

Dear New York Times website,

Awhile back, you released a new website design that prevents readers like me from copying content from your articles. When I double-click on a word to highlight it, the page zooms. That’s not what I want or expect. If I need to zoom in on a web page, I can zoom. All modern browsers have built-in methods for changing the display size of page content.  Continue Reading »