something completely different:

[Sat, 26 Sep 2009 18:34:35 +0000]
I haven't hidden the fact that this blog exists, in part, as a resume builder. And I think that programming skills are a valuable asset in digital libraries. Frankly, LIS programs need to address this to keep their graduates competitive. But that's another post altogether ... Anyway, at work yesterday (Friday) I made a little Windows .bat file [] that creates a folder named after every line in a given plain text file. When I came home, I napped until nearly midnight and woke up in an odd, creative state: when I'm mostly mind and hardly any body. Whether I'm hardly anybody is a matter of opinion. I decided to make a fancier version of the batch file using Python [], which is named after Monty Python's Flying Circus []. In all seriousness, that's a huge part of the reason I decided to start learning Python. The program can do one of the following: 1. Ask you to supply a path and then mimick the folder structure (all new folders are created inside a folder called "MyFolderListFolder" to prevent accidental messes). 2. Read from a plain text file of yours called "MyFolderList.txt" and make folders named for each line in the text file (all new folders are created inside a folder called "MyFolderListFolder" to prevent accidental messes). Subfolders can be made using this format (Unix/Linux users need to use forward slashes, Windows users can use either): folder1 folder1\subfolder folder2 3. Take you to this page if you'd simply like to see the source code and learn more about it. Of course, .py files can be opened in a text editor so this is only really useful for the Windows .exe version I compiled with cx_Freeze []. The program has some error checking built in. For example, if your text file has blank rows or duplicates, it will alert you under most situations that there's a problem you need to fix. The source code link is below if anyone is interested ... real programmers likely will - and should - laugh, but I'm still learning. A text file of the program (i.e. source code) is available here []. You assume all responsibility for use.