Using python and pandas in the business world can be a very useful alternative to the pain of manipulating Excel files. While this combination of technologies is powerful, it can be challenging to convince others to use a python script - especially when many may be intimidated by using the command line. In this article I will show an example of how to easily create an end-user-friendly GUI using the Gooey library. This interface is based on wxWindows so it looks like a “native” application on Windows, Mac and Linux. Ultimately, I believe that presenting a simple user interface to your scripts can greatly increase the adoption of python in your place of business.
Love it or loathe it, PowerPoint is widely used in most business settings. This article will not debate the merits of PowerPoint but will show you how to use python to remove some of the drudgery of PowerPoint by automating the creation of PowerPoint slides using python.
Over time you have probably developed a set of python scripts that you use on a frequent basis to make your daily work more effective. However, as you start to collect a bunch of python files, the time you take take to manage them can increase greatly. Your once simple development environment can become an unmanageable mess; especially if you do not try to have some consistency and common patterns for your development process. This article will discuss some best practices to manage your python code base so that you can sustain and maintain it over the years without pulling your hair out in the process.
This is the second article in a series describing how to use Google Forms to collect information via simple web forms, read it into a pandas dataframe and analyze it. This article will focus on how to use the data in the dataframe to create complex and powerful data visualizations with seaborn.
Google Forms is a service that allows you to collect information via simple web forms. One of the useful features is that the forms will automatically save your data to a Google Sheet. This article will walk through how to create a form, authenticate using OAuth 2 and read all the responses into a pandas dataframe. Because the initial setup and authentication process is a little time consuming, this article will be the first in a two part series.
In case you missed it, github recently announced that Jupyter notebooks will be natively rendered by github. This useful new feature will make it easier for followers of pbpython to view notebooks through github as well as download them to your local system and follow along.
I have moved over 4 notebooks to github and set up the associated files so that it should be pretty straightforward for anyone to checkout the pbpython repo and work with the notebooks. This will also make it easier for others to follow along and help spot issues and make this collection of tips and tricks even more robust.
This post also contains a couple of helpful links I wanted to pass on and keep record of because I think they are really useful.
Pandas makes it very easy to output a DataFrame to Excel. However, there are limited
options for customizing the output and using Excel’s features to make your output
as useful as it could be. Fortunately, it is easy to use the excellent XlsxWriter
module to customize and enhance the Excel workbooks created by Panda’s
function. This article will describe how to use XlsxWriter and Pandas to make complex,
visually appealing and useful Excel workbooks. As an added bonus, the article will briefly
discuss the use of the new
assign function that has been introduced in pandas 0.16.0.
Several years ago, I developed a very simple program called barnum to generate fake data that could be used to test applications. Over the years, I had forgotten about it. With the recent closing of Google code, I decided to take the opportunity to move the code to github and see if it might be useful to people.
Pandas is excellent at manipulating large amounts of data and summarizing it in multiple text and visual representations. Without much effort, pandas supports output to CSV, Excel, HTML, json and more. Where things get more difficult is if you want to combine multiple pieces of data into one document. For example, if you want to put two DataFrames on one Excel sheet, you need to use the Excel libraries to manually construct your output. It is certainly possible but not simple. This article will describe one method to combine multiple pieces of information into an HTML template and convert it to a standalone PDF document using Jinja templates and WeasyPrint.