Command Line URL Shortener

On my computer, I use Gentoo Linux with KDE. If you’re a KDE user, you might be knowing that the default clipboard tool known as Klipper has the ability to execute commands when a new entry copied to the clipboard matches regex. That’s how the idea of having a handy URL shortener came to my head.

I built a small URL shortener script using Python which would accept the source URL and output the shortened URL, using my bitly.com account.

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Getting CherryPy Working With uWSGI

Since Python 3 is the future, I directly started with Python 3 for my projects. While, There are some frameworks for Python 3, but I’m not a fan of frameworks. I prefer to glue the components myself and write the application – even if it involves more work and boilerplate code, and that’s because of freedom.

When you use a particular framework, you’re bound to a few rules and and modifying the behavior of the rules gets quite difficult, unless you know the framework you’re using from head to tail completely in detail. Half knowledge is very bad.

I knew about CherryPy since Python 2, and when I studied how to write applications using that, it became my favorite framework. CherryPy is basically a minimal framework, or more specifically a server which handles the common headaches that are required to do when writing a web application in Python. The common headaches are like mapping a request into Controller/Action, handling HTTP errors, authentication, etc. No, these tasks are not difficult, but are rather time consuming because of the size of the code involved.

So, why not use a pre-built framework? I’m negating my own statement, eh? Yes. In this case, freedom is not a strict requirement as much as it is required in the application logic, and CherryPy supports Python 3 – Awesomeness.

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A Benchmark About Speed of Programming Languages

Yeah, yet another pointless benchmark about speed of programming languages.
Why I call benchmarks pointless is- The speed of a programming language varies widely with use cases.
Language X might be good at executing loops, while language Y might not be.

Additionally, you have to take into account the time spent in developing the programs.
Interpreted languages like PHP, Python, Ruby make a developer’s life very productive and easy, while it may not be for a C or C++ developer.

I am not a fanboy of any language, I just use the language which suits the requirements perfectly.

The languages I’m comparing in this benchmark are C, PHP, Python, Ruby.

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