Author Archives: deparkes

Python Lorentz Cipher

The Lorentz cipher was a code used by Germany in the second world war. In this post I wanted to explore the general ideas behind it and see if I could implement a simple Python Lorentz Cipher. I’m not trying to create an exact simulation of the Lorentz cipher here. For a python lorentz cipher… Read More »

Software Engineering Books

This post has a selection of software engineering books I’ve found to be particularly useful. Why Books? The internet is great and there are plenty of blog posts and MOOCs online, so why bother with books? For me there are a few reasons: books by their nature bring together knowledge on a particular theme from… Read More »

Time Team Map of Episodes

Time Team was a TV series which involved a team of archaeologists, surveyors, artists and other specialists spending three days to investigate an archaeological site. Episodes were mainly focused on the UK, but there were also some as far afield as Spain and America. I thought it would be interesting to see how episodes were… Read More »

Parse WordPress Post Export With Python

Within WordPress it is possible to export all historic posts as an XML file. This XML file is a little unwieldy, but it is possible to parse the WordPress post export with python. This post shows how you can use the python feedparser library to easily access the export elements. When you do this WordPress… Read More »