As a follow-up to recent posts on how to contribute, what better looks like, and Elango Cheran's secure shell episode, here's a specific request: we would like three episodes on systems programming, by which we mean writing programs to:
- manipulate files and directories (chdir, stat, etc.)
- working with archives (tar, zip, etc.)
- run other programs (the subprocess module in all its fearsome glory)
A typical use case is writing a Python script to run a compiled legacy application a few hundred times for slightly different parameter values, putting each run's output in a separate directory that's created on the fly, and so on. If you're interested, please get in touch — it's easier than you think.
Originally posted at Software Carpentry.