Web Code Day

#100DaysOfCode on Day 4 / 5.

I missed my post on Day 4, so here’s a double. I have now watched the HTML videos and was surprised at how simple HTML was and still kinda is. I guess I was under the impression it would be a big section kinda like Python itself. It’s nice to know the web design part won’t be super hard, although I still have not seen the extent of what CSS is and can do, so I’ll see when that comes up.

I do like how the course is layed out. Not only can you pretty much jump around to the subject you want but it gives it to you in practical ways so you really understand them! I’m going to do it from start to finish, but I’m happy its flexible enough it will be easy to jump back and get a refresher. WELL worth the cost!

100 days of web in python

As I mentioned in my last post, I have started 100 days of web in python. A part of that involves posting each day to help keep you on track (They say tweet, but I don’t have any social media accounts). Although I literally have 0 people who care about or are interested in what I’m doing for programming, I’m going to start posting it for my own tracking purposes.

So #100DaysOfCode on Day 3. My sensor program is already based on Flask, so the first part is review and enhancements. Since the last 2 out of 4 days for this section are all playing around, I’m going to modify my main app with what I have learned.

That being said, off I go to modify some code!

Version Alpha.24.152 out

A new version is out!

I actually meant to post about this when I released it on May 1st, but O well.

This version has a lot of enhancements but I’m fairly … something right now, so I’ll post about all that later.

I’m also starting to build the application as a web app, so a web browser can be used to go to a webpage on the sensor itself to see all sensors and most other variables, like system uptime, RAM usage, last update, etc, etc. It should be fairly easy to port Plotly graphing over since it outputs into an HTML page already, so sending that page with flask will be easy. The big thing I have to learn is actually web design, so I can have consistent looks and feel throughout the pages. Having it look nicer will be awesome too.

With the web design in mind, I purchased a copy of “100 Days of web in Python”. I started the first part about flask, and I’m already getting some good pointers.

That’s it for now. I’ll post some updates later on the new features.


The title is a bit of a joke since ++ is a way to add one to an integer in C++, but not so much in Python.

While I was refactoring my code, Corey Schafer released a video for cleaning up Python code. So I watched a bit of it and got some pointers to start using in my programs. I learned about the zip() and enumerate() function from the video and have begun to implement them. It does make it look better for sure.

I have updated MOST of my imports in both the sensor program and the control center. The import modifications have made things clearer for where functions and variables are stored. Variables and functions have also been relocated to places that make more sense.

That’s it for today. Until next time!


Ahh, I managed to get a few good hours in for refactoring. The imports are now standardized. AKA I import like this ‘from folder import module’, which I then access everything from it with module.whatever or module.whatever_function(). This makes it a LOT simpler to find out where everything is located. So tracking down functions and variables is easy now.

I also spent a good few hours on the local management and information HTML webpage. It uses a dark theme and displays all the useful data and links minus actual sensor readings, for which I am going to make another custom page which will have things like automatic reading updates, color changes based on sensor readings, etc. I have not even started on the page yet, but the empty functions are all set to be filled in. I’ll probably work on that one too before a new release.

The 2 things left to do before a new release are.
1. Refactor the control-center program like the RP sensor program (imports & naming).
2. Create a decent sensor readings webpage.

I suspect I’ll be ready by the end of the month. Yay motivation and progress ^_^

New Release soon

I’m fairly happy with my new program updates. The notes work well, the database information window shows useful database information, and I have put in a mini web interface for sensor interaction on the local web server (AKA control the sensor from a webpage served by the sensor). I might tweak the sensor report on the local web server but beyond that, it’s all about refactoring before the new release.

Starting on the local web server interface will make creating an app for the phone rather simple (web page wrapper). Although just bookmarking the sensor website is not difficult (So long as you know the port #).

I haven’t read too much more on the Machine learning yet, but it’s still progressing. I expect I’ll do some more serious reading next week.

That’s it for now.

Notes updates

I’m still slowly doing the notes section. I’m just finishing up on the dual DateTime entries in order to have a reliable index of notes and the ability to place a DateTime stamp for where the data is, that the note pertains to.

After this, I should do some refactoring. For one, I would like to maintain file imports so usage is imported.whatever, in order to easily see where said class, function or variable reside. So that’s going to take a bit and I’ll want to re-word some naming schemes so it doesn’t get too long like some_really_long_import.SuperBadAssClassWithCherriesOnTop()

I’ll have to remember to set aside time for refactoring, in order to bring older code up to my newer standards.

Off to do a bit of work.

Spring is here and progress continues

I’m happy to report most of the snow is gone and many of the roads have already been cleared of debris, dirt and dust. So I have been biking and walking around a lot more.

I have made a single Python file for offline note editing and online editing. It looks decent and works fairly well. I had to do some note text sanitizing for putting into the database and retrieving, so I didn’t get things like, quotes or slashes in the note breaking the SQL query or making new lines actually show as ‘\n’ in the note when viewing.

I still need to work on the date time stamp validation since it is user editable. I also want to add 2 date time stamps per note. One entered in as a index which would always use the current time converted to UTC 0, and another user editable one for where the user wants to associate the note to specific data in the database. This will not only solve a issue of not being able to delete a note with an incorrect date but also allows tracking of when things where done.

After doing the finishing touches on the notes section, it will be time to refactor. Admittedly it’s a tad sloppy at about 700 lines of code. I just wanted to get it working first to help with motivation, once working and happy with function, I’ll have a reservoir of motivation to work on efficiency and readability.

I started my machine learning book, which looks decent and I’m kinda excited to try it out on random data. It should be able to do what I’m thinking, which is finding correlating patterns between sensors and sensor readings. It should also help in finding issues in database entries, like incorrect date stamps on notes.

I still want to look into a better GUI instead of Python Tk, but it seems there are licenses on the qt one I’m not clear on, so I’ll need to look into that more if I go that route. I’m also keeping the possibility open of using a web based interface, as it can very much be customized and allows use over the network. It would also most likely negate the need for my platform tweaks file (changing aspects of the GUI to look right on different operating systems). Of course that opens up other security issues, especially if open to the internet.

That’s it for today.

Program Progress!

W00t, back to some program progress. I’m happy to say I have finished up the Database Information window and have created (but not finished) an Offline Database Notes Editor. It’s pretty much done already, I just have to finish up a button and add error checking.

After opening a database, the Offline Notes Editor automatically displays the first note out of the total on the screen. It also displays the current notes datetime stamp, converted to the local time. From this screen, you can add new notes, delete the current note or just read through the notes one by one. I will probably replace the Online SQL Note inserter with a replica of the Offline editor but have it connect to a single IP. Then maybe add a “Broadcast New Note” checkbox to enable sending a note to all selected sensors.

That’s it for now, I have to get some more cleaning done and such.

Warmer weather, biking and program progress

So the weather went from cold to warm pretty darn quick. Most snow has melted in town and it shouldn’t be much longer until the trails are snow-free (although probably very muddy). I recently got my bike back from the shop and it was given a clean bill of health. I haven’t done much riding yet, due to the snow patches and gravel, but I think by tomorrow I should be OK for most side roads. I’m looking forward to getting back on the E-Bike!

As far as program progress goes, things went downhill for a bit there but things look promising now. I have started a “Database Information” section to get quick information out of a sensor database. When a database is selected, it shows which database is selected, its recorded date range, database size and the number of notes in the database. Next, I’ll add sensor name and IP changes with the DateTime showing when it changed, as well as how many times the sensor has rebooted.

Once that section is complete, I will add a database analytical section for quick information for things like the top 10 highest and lowest values of a column, invalid entries, etc. I still have to think of what else should be in there, but it may have a companion section using machine learning, so the program can find and list possible interesting information more dynamically.

The machine learning section will have to wait a bit, because I have to learn about machine learning 🙂 I have purchased a book already, so its on the todo list, but while I read through it, program updates will be less frequent.

I think that’s it for now.