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aa_webpage.py — awesome and easy web pages with Python

I do a lot of generating web pages using Python. Python because I think Python 2.7 is awesome, and web pages because I do lots of work with various web sites that require dynamic results. Python is a very useful tool for me to get those dynamic results. It’s server-side (at least, the way I use it, it is, because I really try not to embed client-side resource usurping things), it is fast and efficient, and it is what I am comfortable with.

The thing is, web pages — generally speaking — aren’t all that simple if you really do them right. You can’t just throw a few tags together, test them on one browser, and hope you’re golden. Because you won’t be, I can pretty much promise you.
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A gift of time

Here’s something I created that those of you into genealogy or just nostalgia will very likely find enjoyable. It’s 100% free, and definitely good for the whole family. It is a web site where you enter your (or someone else’s) birthdate; it will then generate a custom timeline in the form of “When you were age so-and-so, the following event(s) happened.” You can add several custom events to the timeline too, if you like.

Although that does describe it in a nutshell, the description alone really doesn’t do it justice; take a moment to check it out. No pop-ups, no information collecting or data-mining, no flash, no cookies or technological trickery of any kind. Just an enjoyable way to look at historical events.

All you have to do is go to the ourtimelines.com web site and click on the second button down in the left hand column. From there, you’ll be taken to the current timeline generation page (it moves around, so only bookmark the home page), you enter the date or dates (it’ll take an end date too, very useful for your ancestors), and bingo, you have a timeline.

If you go there armed with the birthdates of a decent subset of your forebears, I can just about guarantee you’ll have a great time. The idea is to provide a useful and educational perspective on ourselves and those who came before us — I think you’ll find that it works very well. If you’re doing genealogical research on your family, I bet you’ll be adding a new tool to your bookmark list.

Timeline fragment

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PD database

I’ve written a public domain (that means there are no restrictions on how you use it) database engine in Python. It is very small, about 20k, and it is a single class that will run without adding any other software, module, or technology.

There are presently two versions. The original handles ASCII and integer fields; the newest version, which I presently consider to be beta in that it has not been extensively tested, adds the ability to handle binary, extended character sets, and floating point numbers.

If this is of interest to you, you may learn more about it, and/or download it, on this page.

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