Category: Software Development

Printing ASP.NET Debugging Output

For ASP.NET development, I use Microsoft’s Visual Studio (IDE). In any development environment, I regularly use print statements to discover and verify my programming’s actual functionality. In Java, simply printing to the console (with System.out.println) achieves this aim, but with ASP.NET and Visual Studio I tried the same approach (using Console.WriteLine) to no avail.

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SQL to Pandas Translation

I’m experienced in working with SQL for data wrangling and analysis, but have recently started using the Python Pandas library for similar tasks. The thing I really like about Pandas is the ability to (combined with matplotlib) to plot/visualize the data once it’s been successfully curated. Coming from the SQL background, I’ve been approaching problems thinking in terms of SQL. So I’m documenting here some translations between SQL and Pandas’ queries. I’ll try to keep updating this as I continue to use Pandas.

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SQLite3 Database Quick Create with Bash

In this post, I will document a couple of cases where one can quickly create an SQLite3 database by issuing commands in a Bash shell (the default terminal shell in Linux and Mac OS X).

Case 1: Create a database with a table for images containing rows/tuples with the image url and a caption for the image. The images are in a directory located in resources/img/gallery, and the database will be stored in a directory at resources/sql.

Creating the database

touch resources/sql/img.db.sql

The touch command is used to change (update) the given file’s timestamp, but if the file (in this case resources/sql/img.db.sql) does not exist it will be created. Now, to make things easier to fit and read on a single command line, I’ll create a Bash variable the stores the command to access the SQLite3 database.

db='sqlite3 resources/sql/img.db.sql'

Creating and populating the img table

echo "CREATE TABLE img (url TEXT, caption TEXT);" | $db

for x in `ls resources/img/gallery`; do
echo "INSERT INTO img (url,caption) VALUES ('resources/img/gallery/$x','Insert Caption...');" | $db

Now the table should be created and populated with the desired content (captions to be inserted at a later time).

echo "SELECT * FROM img;" | $db
resources/img/gallery/0001.jpg|Insert Caption...
resources/img/gallery/0002.jpg|Insert Caption...
resources/img/gallery/0004.jpg|Insert Caption...
resources/img/gallery/0006.jpg|Insert Caption...
... remaining output omitted ...

More cases to come…