Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder


10 May 2022, 15:00 p.m.

HTTP Can Do That?!

I realized recently I've never blogged about the best tech talk I've ever given and one of my favorite performances: "HTTP Can Do That?!: A collection of bad ideas" from PyCon US 2016 in Portland, …

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05 May 2022, 13:00 p.m.

PDFtk, qpdf, And Dealing With Password-Protected PDFs

I slice, dice, and transform documents often enough that I rely frequently on pandoc and pdftk. I often use pandoc to turn Markdown, HTML, wiki syntax, reStructuredText, etc. into each other or into LibreOffice, MS …

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03 Jul 2021, 17:32 p.m.

Some Novel Python Packaging/Distribution/Inspection/Installation Projects

People who program in Python have an easier time hearing about package-related tools that have been around for a while and that are under the banner of the Python Packaging Authority, or that are commercially …

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01 Jul 2021, 12:58 p.m.

Software Bill of Materials & the US Federal Government

In February, the United States's President Biden signed an executive order on the US's supply chains; he followed this up with an EO in May specifically concentrating on improving cybersecurity. To quote Tidelift's summary, "in …

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13 Apr 2021, 19:49 p.m.

Python Packaging Tools: Security Work And An Open Position

Two exciting bits of news regarding massively improving how we package, distribute, and install Python software! First: a new grant. New York University (specifically Professor Justin Cappos) and I have successfully asked the US National …

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13 Apr 2021, 16:16 p.m.

Trying to Notice What's Missing

I'm ploughing through some open source project email threads and thinking: In 2010, people got together in Berlin for a Wikimedia developers' meeting .... and then a bunch of them hung around a lot longer …

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07 Apr 2021, 13:07 p.m.

Painstakingly Reminding Myself How To Play

This is a little bit about how free-range learners in programming assess our own skill levels and choose what to learn next. But it's also a response to my own insecurity, and to the sometimes-stultifying …

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22 Mar 2021, 21:09 p.m.

A Spec For A Sandboxed Open Source Project Environment

I'm writing a book on maintaining legacy open source projects to help teach people vital skills. Right now, as far as I know, there's no textbook or course you can work through to learn skills …

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30 Sep 2020, 12:24 p.m.

Changes Coming To Pip In October 2020

People who deal with Python: Changes are coming to pip, Python's package installation tool, in October 2020. Please share this migration guide and our video with your circles. SHORT VERSION: I'm working on improving the …

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08 Sep 2020, 22:13 p.m.

Breaking Release Bottlenecks -- What Changeset Can Do

I did some volunteer work earlier this year, helping rejuvenate pipenv (a command-line tool that some people use to help handle Python packages they make and use). Here's what I did, how long it took, …

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