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Python 2100: Objects, Factories, & Frameworks 
Today we proudly release our latest training offering.

Designed for ADVANCED 'Python'eers, in Python 2100 we will discover how to use @staticmethod, @classmethod, getattr(), hasattr() as well as object factories, and "abstract" signature classes.

In addition to advanced framework & object management patterns, this one (1) hour training opportunity will also cover multi-object initialization as well as modern framework testing & maintenance strategies.

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Python Stock Market 
Today we are hosting yet another "meetup." Designed for those who have been taking our Python 1000, 2000, and 3000 training, our goal is to build-up the resumes of our students.

Targeting a REAL WORLD game-play scenario that would impress would-be employers, we have set our sights upon a simple strategy.... Whoever can make the most "money" in the stock market, wins?

Anticipating the need, we decided to demonstrate how to get closing quotes from a particularly favorite quotation service:

# pip install urllib, first!
import urllib.request

class Stocks01:

def __init__(self, endpoint="", key="demo"):
self.end = endpoint.strip()
self.key = key.strip()

def get_history(self, token):
url = self.end + '&symbol=' + token.strip().upper() + "&apikey=" + self.key

response = urllib.request.urlopen(url)
except Exception as ex:
return None

stocks = Stocks01()
data = stocks.get_history("msft")

if data is not None:
import json
info = json.loads(str(data, "utf8"))
for row in info:
print("*" * 10, "KEY:", row)
if row != "Time Series (Daily)":
for ss, val in enumerate(sorted(info[row])):
print(ss, val)
for rec in sorted(info[row][val]):
print("\t\t", rec, info[row][val][rec])

Rather than using "demo," the link below will tell you how to get a free API key.

Hope you find it useful!

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OpenSCAD ... and the True Type Font! 
We went looking to create a few 'logoed projects recently. Since printing text can be a problem in 3D (strange looking 'As, 'Os, 'Qs, etc.), for best results when hollow-rendering one should us a STENCIL font.

Sadly, far from being universally supported, at the moment modern operating systems never provide any type of stencil-family fonts.

Arriving to the rescue however, today we should note that OpenSCAD will allow us to 'import' a font for ourselves.

Here is an example of using a True Type Font (.ttf) with OpenSCAD:
line1="Randall Nagy";

zlength = 10;

zscale = 4;
zscale2 = 7;
zscale3 = 8;

use </d_archive_static/Ttf_2016_002/allerta_stencil.ttf>

difference() {
minkowski() {
cube([max(len(line1), len(line2), len(line3)) * zscale + border, zlength, 0.75], center=true);
if(line2||line3) {
translate([0,-15,0]) cube([max(len(line1),len(line2),len(line3))*zscale2+border,15,0.75], center=true);
if(line3) {
translate([0,-30,0]) cube([max(len(line1),len(line2),len(line3))*zscale3+border,15,0.75], center=true);

font_name = "Allerta";
zhi = 3;
szfont = 8;
union() {
linear_extrude(height = zhi, center=true)
text(line1, font = font_name, "center", size = szfont, valign="center", halign="center");
if(line2) {
translate([0,-15,0]) linear_extrude(height = zhi, center=true)
text(line2, font = font_name, "center", size = szfont, valign="center", halign="center");
if(line3) {
translate([0,-30,0]) linear_extrude(height = zhi, center=true)
text(line3, font = font_name, "center", size = szfont, valign="center", halign="center");

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