Hello, and welcome on my small web space. You will find here some software and documents I wrote.
In short, Python:
- has a crystal clear syntax and quite a nice design;
- is very powerful;
- is reasonably portable;
- can be easily extended with C or C++;
- can be easily embedded in C or C++;
- is very well documented;
- is free software.
Moreover, writing Python programs is quite fun. I hear you: “But hey, there are at least two other major interpreted languages that are quite fun to play with!” Naaaa! Python code is maintainable; that is, not only by its author and within the first month of its existence...
Well, enough spoken, here's the beef.
TDBSF, the Trivial Database Search Facility
The engine is written in Python, and the only really usable user interface in ELisp, for Emacs. However, TDBSF is designed to ease the addition of interfaces, so this is only a matter of whether there are people wanting to use it outside Emacs or not.
Since version 2.0, TDBSF has full Unicode support. More precisely, database files may be written in any Unicode-compatible encoding supported by both Python and the interface in use (i.e., currently, Emacs). The encoding of a database file is simply indicated with an encoding declaration, a common practice for Emacs users and Python programmers.
pythondialog is a Python wrapper for the dialog utility originally written by Savio Lam, and later rewritten by Thomas E. Dickey. Its purpose is to provide an easy to use, pythonic and comprehensive Python interface to dialog.
This module is useful if you want to quickly and easily write text-mode1 interfaces in Python (screenshots here). The abstraction level is quite high: you can directly create text boxes, input boxes, radio lists, etc. You cannot do low-level stuff with this program. In that case, you should look at ncurses or slang. For sophisticated text-mode interfaces, the Urwid Python library looks rather interesting, too. Document yourself and make up your mind!
The first version of pythondialog was written by Robb Shecter. I made it more robust, complete and well-documented. During a few years (2004–2009), pythondialog has been in the hands of Peter Åstrand, who uploaded version 2.7 to SourceForge.
I resumed my work on pythondialog, and new versions are available here as well as on SourceForge (same files). Numerous improvements have happened in 2013 and 2014; see for yourself on the pythondialog news page!
pythondialog is maintained in a Git repository that can be cloned with:
git clone git://git.code.sf.net/p/pythondialog/code pythondialog
pythondialog is distributed under the GNU LGPL (GNU Lesser General Public License).
flo-check-homework is a program designed to help young children in their learning process of basic calculus and conjugation (for now). The general idea is that flo-check-homework is automatically run instead of some game or whatever the administrator has configured, and only grants access to the game after the “client” has given “good enough” answers.
flo-check-homework is written in Python using the Qt graphical toolkit. It is distributed under the GNU GPL version 2. For more information, please refer to the README file. flo-check-homework can be downloaded here, or directly installed from PyPI with:
pip install flo-check-homework
flo-check-homework is maintained in a Git repository that can be cloned with:
git clone https://github.com/frougon/flo-check-homework
Note: if you want to run flo-check-homework from a clone of this repository, please read the corresponding section of the README file.
During my free time, I like working with the
Debian distribution. You can
find a few packages, mostly for the
that I built or rebuilt myself below (most notably, some backports
for wheezy). Use them at your own risk!
deb http://people.via.ecp.fr/~flo/debian wheezy main contrib non-free deb-src http://people.via.ecp.fr/~flo/debian wheezy main contrib non-free
The flightgear package backported from unstable depends on flightgear-data-all, which in turn depends on several flightgear-data-* packages. These packages are not included here because they take more than 900 MB. However, all of these packages are architecture-independent and, as long as you respect the FlightGear version (not mixing up 2.10 with 2.12 packages, for instance), you should be able to download them from testing or unstable and install them with:
dpkg -i package.deb
or with APT pinning. You should do that before installing flightgear.
The FGo! program provides a very convenient interface to run FlightGear. It is already available in wheezy, as part of the fgo package. However, the version available here is more recent (at the time of this writing) than those present in Debian, including unstable.
This repository also contains the FGRun program as part of the fgrun package, which can be used as an alternative to FGo!.
PyXMMS and PyXMMS-remote [old!]
a set of bindings for the
xmms_remote*functions of the libxmms library, plus some higher-level functions
- a Pythonic interface to manage (including reading and writing) the main configuration file for XMMS.
In other words, PyXMMS can be used to control XMMS or manage its main configuration file from a Python program.
PyXMMS is distributed under the GNU GPL version 2.
PyXMMS-remote is a Python program that allows you to control XMMS from the command-line (or another program). Command-line interfaces are very handy when you want to interface several programs or automate some task. PyXMMS-remote needs PyXMMS to function properly.
PyXMMS-remote is distributed under the GNU GPL version 2.
I wrote an Emacs tutorial (in French). GNU Emacs is an extremely powerful text editor. It is also quite portable (it runs perfectly on most Unix flavours, on Windows, and at least in text mode on MacOS X—not to mention lots of older operating systems Emacs runs on).
If you are interested in this tutorial, you most probably can read French and will want to switch to this page's French version which is more complete on the subject.
I wrote an introduction to LaTeX, a program based on TeX that is used to produce high quality documents, in a printable form or for screen reading (best accomplished with the PDF format nowadays). This document is written in French, therefore you most probably can read French if you are interested, and should switch to this page's French version, which is more complete on the subject.
2. X-Window is the standard graphical layer of all Unix flavours (and therefore of GNU/Linux, which is today's most well-known Unix flavour).