The Register: And now for something completely different: Python 3.12. “Python 3.12, the latest stable release of the Python programming language, was released on Monday, offering developers a handful of new capabilities and the removal of some cruft.”
The Verge: Microsoft is bringing Python to Excel. “Microsoft is bringing popular programming language Python to Excel. A public preview of the feature is available today, allowing Excel users to manipulate and analyze data from Python.”
KDnuggets: OpenAI’s Whisper API for Transcription and Translation. “This article will show you how to use OpenAI’s Whisper API to transcribe audio into text. It will also show you how to use it in your own projects and how to integrate it into your data science projects.”
9to5 Google: Google Colab adding Codey for AI-powered code generation . “At I/O 2023, Google announced Codey as a ‘family of code models built on PaLM 2’ and it’s soon coming to Google Colab. Aimed at machine learning, education, and data analysis, Google Colab lets you write and execute Python in a browser.”
Hackaday: Wolverine Gives Your Python Scripts The Ability To Self-Heal. “[BioBootloader] combined Python and a hefty dose of of AI for a fascinating proof of concept: self-healing Python scripts.”
Visual Studio Magazine: AI-Powered ‘Data Wrangler’ VS Code Tool Eases Prep Work for Data Scientists. “The Data Wrangler extension works with the favorite programming language of data scientists, Python, and the associated open source Pandas library to enhance the data preparation process: exploring, manipulating/cleansing and visualizing data.”
MIT News: Python-based compiler achieves orders-of-magnitude speedups. “Codon compiles Python code to run more efficiently and effectively while allowing for customization and adaptation to various domains.”
Online Journalism Blog: VIDEO PLAYLIST: An introduction to Python for data journalism and scraping. “Python is an extremely powerful language for journalists who want to scrape information from online sources. This series of videos, made for students on the MA in Data Journalism at Birmingham City University, explains some core concepts to get started in Python, how to use Colab notebooks within Google Drive, and introduces some code to get started with scraping.”
Carey Lening: Legal Summary Magic: I Used GPT3 & Python to Simplify Dense Cases. “This post explores a little experiment using OpenAI’s GPT3, Google Collab, Python and this interesting hack to summarize CJEU cases. And it wasn’t a total failure!”
Education Technology: Micro:bit launches new Python Editor to help more children learn text-based coding languages
Education Technology: Micro:bit launches new Python Editor to help more children learn text-based coding languages. “Micro:bit Educational Foundation, the education non-profit on a mission to enhance children’s digital skills, today announces it is making it even easier for children to learn the text-based coding skills needed to access some of the most in-demand tech jobs. Its new Python Editor – used in conjunction with the BBC micro:bit, its handheld coding devices – is purpose-built to address the hurdles learners usually face in working with the type of languages used by most developers by creating a more user-friendly and intuitive learning experience.”
TechCrunch: Google Colaboratory launches a pay-as-you-go option, premium GPU access. “Google Colaboratory (Colab for short), Google’s service designed to allow anyone to write and execute arbitrary Python code through a web browser, is introducing a pay-as-a-you-go plan.” There will still be a free tier.
Europe PMC: Keeping it under lock and keywords: exploring new ways to open up the web archives with notebooks.
Europe PMC: Keeping it under lock and keywords: exploring new ways to open up the web archives with notebooks.. “…the scale of the [UK Government Web Archive] exposes the limits of the current search interface, and there is no facility to understand the archive in aggregate. This article seeks to go beyond the simple keyword search by exploring the data sources available, from APIs to web crawling, for computational analysis of the UKGWA. The article is accompanied by two Python Notebooks which present examples of analysis using each data source. Notebooks lower the technical barriers for the reader to explore and interpret the UKGWA as data, while surfacing the challenges around making web material computationally accessible.”
Hackaday: Automate Internet Life With Python. “FreeCodeCamp has a 3-hour course from [Frank Andrade] that dives into the gory details of automating web tasks using Python and a variety of libraries like Path, Xpath, and Selenium. You can watch the course, below.”
MakeUseOf: Try Python in Your Browser With These Free Online Interactive Shells. “To start coding in Python as quickly as possible, you can use an online interactive shell. This is a website that lets you write and run Python code in your browser, with instant results. There’s no need to install anything. Whether you’re exploring Python functions or reviewing the basics of arrays and lists, you can do so right in your browser. You’ll find these online Python interpreters highly valuable.”