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Archive for August 14th, 2019

Visual Studio Code direct download links

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/08/14

Visual Studio Code download links:



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PowerShell: be careful using `-ReadCount` on `Get-Content`

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/08/14

I learned this the hard way: [WayBackDifferent result when using -ReadCount with Get-Content: because -ReadCount delivers data in chunks, the filter after [WayBack] Get-Content (Microsoft.PowerShell.Management) it will only filter on those chunks. If the filter isn’t prepared for that, it might only filter the last chunk.

So do not use for instance [WayBack] Select-String (Microsoft.PowerShell.Utility) on it, but perform your own [WayBack] ForEach-Object (Microsoft.PowerShell.Core) aliased as foreach like in [WayBack] Get all lines containing a string in a huge text file – as fast as possible?:

Get-Content myfile.txt -ReadCount 1000 |
  foreach { $_ -match "my_string" }

A more elaborate example is at [WayBack] How can I make this PowerShell script parse large files faster?.


Posted in CommandLine, Development, PowerShell, PowerShell, Scripting, Software Development | Leave a Comment »

What is ‘if __name__ == “__main__”‘ for?

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/08/14

One of the things when I learned Python was that in some scripts I found a block starting with a statement like this:

if __name__ == '__main__':

It looked like an idiom to me, and indeed it is: [WayBack] What is ‘if name == “main“‘ for?.

It allows a file to be both used as “main” standalone program file and a module. That section of code will not be executed if it is loaded as a module.

Part of the idiom is also to put your code in a separate method so this block is as short as possible.

if __name__ == '__main__':

Via: [WayBack] Why is Python running my module when I import it, and how do I stop it? (thanks user166390 and Jeremy Banks for the answers there)


Posted in Development, Python, Scripting, Software Development | Leave a Comment »

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