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Erasing Iterators from STL Containers (STL Vector, etc.) in a Loop

for( vector<aType>::iterator it = aVec.begin(); 
      it != aVec.end(); 
      it = (*it).shouldDelete()?aVec.erase(it):it+1){
   // do stuff

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Blog Upgrades: Scaling Images

I hacked this theme I’m using a little to hide/show the sidebar. This allows me to put larger photos on my blog posts. Some day when I have some free time I’ll make my own theme which incorporates a fancier version of this… but here’s what this hack can do:

Example 1: I can have a link at the top of a blog post to hide the sidebar and grow the image.

This post contains hi-res images: Please hide the sidebar by clicking HERE.
#72 Flying above SLO

Example 2: I have a toggle button on top of the sidebar to show/hide on any post.

(click on it!)

Example 3: I can link to a blog post with the sidebar hidden by setting hide=1

Link back to this page with sidebar hidden
LInk back to this page with sidebar showing

Incase anyone is interested, this is the code I used to resize the images. This code uses on the moo tools framework. The resize_all function takes an integer sz for width and a boolean instant (optional). The instant variable allows you to resize the image without the moo transition effects (this would be useful if you wanted the images resized on load).

const SZ_SMALL = 633;
const SZ_LARGE = 900; 
function resize_all(sz, instant){
   if (null == sz){
      sz = SZ_SMALL;
   if (null == instant){
      instant = false;
   for (x=0; x<document.images.length; x++){

      h = document.images[x].height;
      w = document.images[x].width;

      if (w > 600){ // ignore tiny images
         factor = sz / w;

         nh = factor * h;
         nw = sz;

         if (true == instant){
            document.images[x].height = nh;
            document.images[x].width = nw;
            document.images[x].set('morph',{duration: 'short',});
            document.images[x].morph({height: nh, width: nw});

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Using Variadic Functions in C

I don’t really need to write on how to use va_list, va_start, va_end, va_arg because other tutorials or references do a good job of explaining it already… however, here are some notes for wrapping Varadic functions.

Firstly, note the difference between:

void myFc( int arg1, ... )

and the va_list version:

void vmyFc( int arg1, va_list args)

gnu stdc libraries (printf, etc) wrap the va_list versions (vprintf, etc) with Variadic versions (printf, etc) with the following pattern:

int vfunc(int arg1, va_list vargs){
   // do real work
int func(int arg1, ...){
   int retval;
   va_list vargs;
   va_start(vargs, arg1);
   retval = vfunc(arg1, vargs); 
   return retval;

When wrapping va_list functions, it is important to consider that va_list is consumed and so in the case where you will be using your va_list for multiple functions, you’ll need to save the original pointer.

GNU C doc for stdarg.h — Note the __va_copy macro.

For example, wrapping the snprintf function:

//to find the length of the string, you pass null and length 0 to the function:
len = vsnprintf(NULL, 0, fmt, vargs);

//do the allocation
str = (char*) malloc(len+1);

//and finally read the string:
vsnprintf(str, len+1, fmt, vargs);

note that we use the va_list version of snprintf (vsnprintf).

the 2nd snprintf may (depending on stdarg implementation) cause a segmentation fault. The correct/safe way of doing it would be to copy vargs and use the copy in each snprintf operation:

#ifdef __va_copy
   save = vargs;
len = vsnpritnf(NULL, 0, fmt, save);

str = (char*) malloc(len+1);

#ifdef __va_copy
   save = vargs;
vsnpritnf(str, len+1, fmt, save);

But as my awesome co-worker Geoff asserts, its always better to keep it simple and perhaps there’s a way to accomplish what you’re trying to do without Variadic functions. Check out my other post.

PST~ this was just a brain dump of what was on my mind as I was coding today… if you find this useful and/or find some info lacking OR just incorrect, leave a comment so I can fix it.

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Stripping C/C++ Comments

Here’s some code to strip comments from a c/c++ file. Code is adapted from a posting at

import re

# adapted from:
# strips c/c++ comments

def strip_comment(text):
    rep = r'//.*?$|/\*.*?\*/|\'(?:\\.|[^\\\'])*\'|"(?:\\.|[^\\"])*"'
    pattern = re.compile(rep, re.DOTALL | re.MULTILINE)
    return re.sub(pattern,
        lambda match:(,"")['/')],

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Python Talk

I gave a talk on Python for cplug yesterday.  

Check out the slides here.


During the talk, I wrote a simple Python script to pull content off the web and parse the data… here’s the jist of what I did:

First, lets pull a webpage off the internet:

import httplib
def get_webpage():
   conn = httplib.HTTPConnection('')
   rd = conn.getresponse()
   print rd.status, rd.reason

This function creates a HTTPConnection object for and the connection object is stored in conn.
We then do a GET request for the Python wiki page. The result of the request is stored in the connection and we can access the status by calling getresponse() which returns a HTTPResponse object.
The status can be accessed with .status and .reason and the data can be accessed with .read().

This yields the plain-text html of the wiki page. This is not very interesting or useful so lets do something else with this data… lets write a frequency counter:

 def get_freqct(data):
     wordlist = data.split(' ')
     freqct = {}
     for s in wordlist:
       if s not in freqct:
     return freqct 

We can pass the data (a string) we got from the first function to our get_freqct function. The function first uses the built-in string function to split the string by a white-space delimiter returning a list of words. We then iterate through the wordlist and generate the frequency count using the dictionary data type. At this point we have something fairly interesting but simply printing out this list is fairly cluttered… lets sort it!

You can quickly sort the contents of this dictionary with the sorted function:

import httplib
from operator import itemgetter

sol = sorted(d.items(), key=itemgetter(1))

This statement takes the items in d (the dictionary) and returns a list of tuples (key,data) and is sorted by the data field of the tuple using the itemgetter function. So you’ll end up with a sorted list of tuples ordered by the data field.

Then we can print the list with the following for loop:

   for word,count in sol:
      print word, ":", count

This for loop unpacks the contents of each of the tuples in the sorted list (sol) into the variables word and count. The variables are then printed with the print statement.

If you run this code… you’ll realize that a lot of HTML tags (or parts of HTML tags) get counted. This is not very desirable so lets filter them out using a regular expression!

data = re.sub(r'<[^>]+>','',data)

This regular expression takes the raw data (string) returned by the get_webpage function and replaces each occurrence of an HTML tag with an empty string.

Deconstructing the regular expression:
<- matches the ‘<‘ symbol
[^>]+ – matches one or more of anything except the ‘>’ symbol (where + means one or more)
>- matches the ‘>’ symbol

…and put it all together:

import httplib
import httplibfrom operator import itemgetter
import re

def get_webpage(site,page):
   conn = httplib.HTTPConnection(site)
   conn.request("GET", page)
   rd = conn.getresponse()
   print rd.status, rd.reason

def get_freqct(list):
    freqct = {}
    for s in list:
      if s not in freqct:
    return freqct

def main():
   data = get_webpage('',"/wiki/Python_(programming_language)")
   data = re.sub(r'<[^>]+>','',data)
   d = get_freqct(data.split(' '))
   sol = sorted(d.items(), key=itemgetter(1))
   for word,count in sol:
      print word, ":", count

if __name__ == "__main__":

The following is a snippet of what the script would yield:

language : 24
code : 24
which : 24
by : 27
Retrieved : 32
with : 32
are : 33
as : 38
on : 50
for : 51
in : 64
is : 80
to : 92
a : 98
Python : 103
and : 122
of : 125
the : 144

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