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Hands on the Python Library pexpect

Tips and Traps

  1. The command-line tool of some (e.g., network) applications might be slow to authenticate. If you use pexect to automate such a command-line tool, it is best to wait for sometime after sending password using child.sendline(passwd). If the authentication has ouput on both success and failure, a smart way is to wait for the success or failure message to come out.

IPython Is the Best Shell

IPython is the Best Shell!

  1. Use IPython as much as possible.

    • IPython has virtues of both shell and Python.
    • You should avoid using shell scripts for complicate tasks any way.
  2. If you do want to use a Unix/Linux shell, I'd suggest you stick to Bash unless Linux distributions start …

Working with Spreadsheet in Python

It is suggested that you avoid using Excel files (or other spreadsheet tools) for storing data. Parquet file is currently the best format for storing table-like data. If you do want to interact and manipulate your data using Excel (or other spreadsheet tools), dump your data into CSV files and …