Starting to dig in...

There has been lots going on in my world for the past several years. The small company I was originally work at was bought out by a much larger one, who had a great deal of bureaucracy and a IP agreement saying they owned my brain. I tried to quit, but was convinced by my boss (whom I had known for a number of years) to hang around (looking back, even though things have turned out well in the end, I would have walked away). It was at that point, that I had stopped contributing to open source, for fear that the company may come back and say they had copyright on it.

Python search library...

I was browsing some announcements, and through a series of clicks, ran across Whoosh. Lucene is pretty recognized in the Java world as very flexible indexing and search framework. Whoosh appears to be doing that for the Python world. Occasionally, I’ve needed such a thing, but ended up writing my own lexer and indexer. I’ll have to keep this library in mind the next time a problem like that comes around.

Software Engineering Radio...

My drive to and from work is anywhere from 20 minutes to 40 minutes, depending on the traffic (fortunately, it’s often much closer to 20 minutes). If you know me at all, then you know I hate to waste 20 minutes just driving. I need to feel like I’m doing something useful with that time. I often spend it listening to NPR, but I also spend quite a bit of the time listening to podcasts.