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My name is Joost – I am an engineer and this is my digital garden where I write sometimes about things that interest me. Also I keep lists of books I have read 📚 and things and tools that I use 🔧.

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Obfuscate Python

this post is under construction – I have the approaches here but need some time to also share the experience… How to obscure some Python code from anyone running the code? I am no expert here but I have tried a few things and will give my steps and recommendations here. Have a main.py with a simple helloworld FastAPI in this case. There is also an /error endpoint to see how much source code is returned in the logs....

<span title='2023-11-06 01:26:43 +0000 UTC'>November 6, 2023</span>&nbsp;·&nbsp;2 min&nbsp;·&nbsp;289 words&nbsp;·&nbsp;Joost

Limit Concurrency in AsyncIO

You can run multiple async tasks simultaneously in Python using the asyncio native library. This allows you to create and manage asynchronous tasks, such as coroutines, and run them concurrently. Let’s have the following async method, that counts to the length of the given name and returns the name. import asyncio from typing import Awaitable async def count_word(name: str) -> Awaitable[str]: if len(name) > 8: raise ValueError(f"{name} is too long...") for ii in range(len(name)): print(name, ii) await asyncio....

<span title='2023-10-23 11:37:35 +0100 +0100'>October 23, 2023</span>&nbsp;·&nbsp;3 min&nbsp;·&nbsp;530 words&nbsp;·&nbsp;Joost

Summarize large files - an introduction

ChatPDF providers, where you can question large files with large language models (LLM’s), are sprouting like mushrooms. The technique is mainly based on vector embedding with a vector index or vector database; based on the question, semantically relevant chunks from the file are provided to the LLM so it can compose an answer. While this technique is cool, it is limited when you ask a question that spans the entire text, such as generating a summary, since that requires not a couple of chunks, but the full text....

<span title='2023-07-31 11:37:35 +0100 +0100'>July 31, 2023</span>&nbsp;·&nbsp;4 min&nbsp;·&nbsp;711 words&nbsp;·&nbsp;Joost

Interactive Scala with Almond

Almond is a Scala kernel for Jupyter. Some features: Ammonite, a Scala REPL implementation. Coursier, an artefact manager. You can deploy Almond on Kubernetes with the following manifest: apiVersion: apps/v1 kind: Deployment metadata: name: almond labels: app: almond spec: replicas: 1 selector: matchLabels: app: almond template: metadata: labels: app: almond spec: containers: - name: almond image: almondsh/almond:0.13.11 resources: requests: memory: 384Mi limits: memory: 384Mi ports: - containerPort: 8888 --- kind: Service apiVersion: v1 metadata: name: almond spec: type: ClusterIP selector: app: almond ports: - protocol: TCP port: 8888 targetPort: 8888 --- kind: Service apiVersion: v1 metadata: name: almond-headless spec: clusterIP: None selector: app: almond Port forward:...

<span title='2023-05-07 11:37:35 +0100 +0100'>May 7, 2023</span>&nbsp;·&nbsp;1 min&nbsp;·&nbsp;193 words&nbsp;·&nbsp;Joost

Some hatch mechanics 📐🔨

I am often a DIY’er and I have a really heavy hatch (32 kg) at home that I want to open automatically with an electric actuator. Something like the hatch in the image below. You can buy these actuators for 50 to 100 euros online: but which one do I need? or: What is the minimal and maximal length (and stroke) that I need? What is the force the actuator should be able to push?...

<span title='2023-01-20 11:37:35 +0100 +0100'>January 20, 2023</span>&nbsp;·&nbsp;2 min&nbsp;·&nbsp;385 words&nbsp;·&nbsp;Joost