Hi, I’m Paul.

Father. Husband. Vinyl Music Lover. Technology Enthusiast. Football fan. Python student.

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Alternative title: There is No Offseason (or writing my Python apps never ends and that’s ok) The blogging might slow down some, but the coding never stops. Ok, well maybe a little. After creating and launching MLBPool2 this past spring, I took a small break and then back at it for the upcoming season of NFLPool. I have two big goals for NFLPool before the 2018 season starts: Fix the time / timezone issue where a player tried to submit his picks before the first game of the season started to, but was denied.

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Humble Bundle has done it again. They’ve released an awesome bundle of Python trainings, books and tools all for a low price and also supports charity! Included in the bundle are three trainings from Talk Python (which I’ve already raved about a lot). I’ve been an ardent supporter of Talk Python trainings and have recommended them numerous times on the Python subreddits, and usually get comments that they’re so expensive (when compared to Udemy’s “sale prices” of $13).

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When I first learned to work with Pyramid thanks to the Talk Python course Python for Entrepreneurs, I used the account registration system directly from the course for NFLPool. When I wrote MLBPool2, I augmented it to require the user to use a much stronger password than the course taught. (You can see the original code from NFLPool here). In MLBPool2, I required the user to use a password between 8 and 24 characters and it must have at least one lowercase letter, at least one upper case letter, a number, and a symbol:

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For once in my life, I’m not procrastinating. With the NFL season just over four and a half months away, I’ve already started on working to update NFLPool. I’m really enjoying working with Python and don’t want to let the few things I’ve learned get rusty. This includes back porting a number of updates from MLBPool2. I’ve updated the Standings page to display all seasons played (before it defaulted to just the current season).

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I’ve been using Wordpressfor over 15 years. In fact, I started blogging before Wordpress existed, and even used b2 / cafelog, from which Wordpress was forked. But over the last couple of years as I’ve maintained three separate Wordpress sites (the first for paulcutler.org, then Stone Open, and later MLBPool2 (which is now using Pyramid instead), I’ve had constant crashes and memory issues. I don’t know if it’s because of the number of blog posts I have, but both my personal blog and Stone Open have tables corrupted and I have to go in and fix them whenever the site crashes.

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Projects

MLBPool2

A fantasy baseball like application written in Python and built with Pyramid to track and report MLB season pool picks and points for league play.

NFLPool

A fantasy football like application written in Python and built with Pyramid to track and report NFL season pool picks and points for league play.

Stone Open

The website for the annual Stone Open charity golf tournament.

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