Tavis Rudd, the author of the Cheetah templating engine has been on fire lately. He's right about to release version 2.0. I use to have a long list of things that I wanted to either fix or improve in Cheetah. However, Tavis slammed through my list and added more than I could have hoped for. It's actually quite impressive how solid a piece of software it is. I've been using it in software used all over the world for a couple years, and now it's even better!
In his keynote at PyCon, Eben Upton, the Executive Director of the Rasberry Pi Foundation, mentioned that not only has Minecraft been ported to the Rasberry Pi, but you can even control it with Python . Since four of my kids are avid Minecraft fans, I figured this might be a good time to teach them to program using Python. So I started yesterday with the goal of programming something cool for Minecraft and then showing it off at the San Francisco Python Meetup in the evening. The first problem that I faced was that I didn't have a Rasberry Pi. You can't hack Minecraft by just installing the Minecraft client. Speaking of which, I didn't have the Minecraft client installed either ;) My kids always play it on their Nexus 7s. I found an open source Minecraft server called Bukkit that "provides the means to extend the popular Minecraft multiplayer server." Then I found a plugin called RaspberryJuice that implements a subset of the Minecraft Pi modding API for B