for loops are basic language constructs in many languages. One of the first thing to look at when optimizing code is the loops, as they do considerable amounts of work (like going through a very large amount of data), in very little code.
If you go use
for loop, but you don’t really care about the order in which the loop is executed, to be more precise, if you can afford reversing to loop, you can save quite some time. By reversing the loop I mean instead of giving the index values from 0 to 10 for example, you go from 10 downward to zero. This doesn’t seem like a big change, but when being carefully implemented this can easily upgrade the performance of your
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for Loops: Reverse Loops
In this tutorial I will explain how to create a local Subversion (SVN) repository, intended for a single user. I assume that you already know the benefits of keeping track of old revision of projects or important documents such as a resume or a thesis you have been writing. Subversion offers you a very convenient yet strong method to do so, and the easiest way to do so with Subversion (SVN) is to create a local, home, repository intended for a single user – you.
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spass is a secure password generation tool.
spass was designed under the assumption that a password generator is as good as its random number generator, so
spass uses the
Random class, a
/dev/random based cryptographically strong random number generator class. As always, I tried to make the command-line interface as user-friendly as possible (as much as a command-line interface can be friendly).
spass – A Secure Password Generator Utility
Python 2.5 introduced new syntax structure: the conditional expressions. For programmers in languages such as C these structures seem very basic and fundamental but Python lacked them for many years. As I said Python 2.5 introduced such syntax structure, one may use it in the following form:
x = a if condition else b
As you probably guessed
a is assigned to
condition evaluates to true and
b is assigned otherwise. This is pretty much equivalent to the C conditional expressions. But as I said, this structure was only introduced in 2.5. Previous versions of Python are still widely deployed and in use, so how do you achieve the same thing in older version of Python?
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In this post I will walk you through generating RSA and DSA keys using
ssh-keygen. Public key authentication for SSH sessions are far superior to any password authentication and provide much higher security.
ssh-keygen is the basic way for generating keys for such kind of authentication. I will also explain how to maintain those keys by changing their associated comments and more importantly by changing the passphrases using this handy utility.
ssh-keygen Tutorial – Generating RSA and DSA keys
Update: radio.py 0.5 is available.
radio.py is a little script that makes it very easy to listen to radio under Linux (and maybe other OSs too) with mplayer. All you need to do is to call radio.py with the name of the station you want to listen to. For example:
radio.py Radio Paradise
To read more about radio.py go to the first post discussing radio.py.
Here are some of the things that have changed in
radio.py-0.4 compared to the previous release (0.3). Continue reading radio.py-0.4 – Listening to Radio the Easy Way
In this post I’m going to discuss again the string benchmark I did before to find out what is the fastest way to iterate over an
std::string. If you haven’t read the previous post on this subject go a head and read it as it covers the basic idea behind this benchmark. As I did the last time I did the benchmark, I check 5 ways of iteration:
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After raising the issue of the low resolution problem of the timer provided by
clock() in Resolution Problems in
clock(), I’ve ended the post by mentioning to two more functions that should provide high-resolution timers suitable for profiling code. In this post I will discuss one of them,
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After dealing with the seeding of
srand(), I’ve realized that
rand() just doesn’t give strong enough random numbers for some of my needs (e.g. strong password generator), so I decided to find a better solution. The solution came in the form of
Random, a cryptography strong pseudo-random number generator class.
Random – A Random Number Generator Class
While playing recently with
clock() in order to time the performance of different kinds of code and algorithms, I found an annoying bug.
clock() just can’t register work that has taken less than 0.01 seconds. This is pretty unexpected as
clock() should return the processor time used by the program. The
man page for
The clock() function returns an approximation of processor time used by the program.
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