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I am Yasoob! You might know me from Practical Python Projects or the Intermediate Python book.
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✍️ Latest Articles
I have always been fascinated with barcodes and QR codes. I theoretically knew how barcodes worked but I wanted to solidify my understanding by making one from scratch. In this article, I will take you on a guided tour of how barcodes work and how we can make one from scratch using Python. I will focus on Universal Product Code type A (UPC-A) for this tutorial.
Are you tired of spending tons of money for Mailchimp? Let me show you how to set up listmonk, a free and open-source newsletter and mailing list manager. We will be using docker-compose for orchestration and NGINX + certbot for automated SSL certificates. The final setup will cost you a little bit of effort and $0 in running costs as long as you don't send more than 50,000 emails.
I recently had to make a custom ebook stamping and delivery service for Practical Python Projects book. In this article, I will explain why and how I made this service using AWS lambda as the serverless platform. I will also show you how to use S3 for file hosting, SQS for message passing, SES for automated email delivery, and PyPDF2 + Reportlab + pdfrw for PDF stamping.
I am currently working on a React based app and had to implement prerendering for SEO purposes. In this post, I will show you complete steps for running the prerender.io service on your own server and serve it via NGINX. This will help you improve your app's SEO.
I recently had to implement JWT based auth in a React and Flask based web app. In this post, I will show you how to implement login functionality step by step and deploy the resulting web app using NGINX and Gunicorn. We will be using flask-praetorian for JWT token generation.
Have you ever wanted to post stories on Instagram in an automated fashion? In this article, I will show you how to use Python and the Instagram-API-python library to do exactly that. Fasten your seatbelts and let's get started!
If you are bummed to find out that your local PD and FD have moved to a digital or trunked mode then you aren't alone. In this post, I will show you how to use a cheap RTL-SDR dongle and the SDRTrunk software to snoop the trunked radio traffic in your area.
I just released the alpha version of my much anticipated Practical Python Projects book! It has been two years in the making and I am super excited about its release. In 320+ pages we will implement 12 different projects. I wish I had access to a similar book when I started learning Python.
Have you seen movies where people use a radio to track police? Maybe you have seen the movie Stranger Things and saw the main characters using a radio and an antenna for communication. In this tutorial, I show you how to use a similar portable Baofeng handheld transceiver to track the local police/fire department. It is a lot of fun!
Have you ever had to process some messy data? I recently worked on a project where I had to tame some messy data using Pandas in Python. In this short tutorial, I will teach you some data wrangling basics that will help you process most datasets you will ever encounter in the wild.