My goal today was to work on my code, not complain about Python. It's just incredibly frustrating trying to Do The Right Thing as a professional developer and have a language/ecosystem fight you so vigorously.
I swear it will be easier to develop what I want in Fortran (even interfacing with C code - regex libraries, etc.) than in Python. Fortran is not a good language for text processing but its advantage is it's simple. For all its deficiencies, it really doesn't get in your way.
I've spent a day and a half trying to set up a standard(-ish) dev environment for a simple CLI app and a package of implementation code and it's turning out to be intractable. That day and a half should've been spent writing my code, not trying to make infrastructure work.
It's not like I draw a commission for complaining. I would much rather quietly work on my own code and have something positive to show for my time. I just can't see how to use this language to develop professional-quality code; believe me, I've looked. For years.

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Curious what non-nuclear people think that hole in the middle of the pellet is for...
It's time to divulge my answer, fully expecting the fuels people to correct me if I stray too far.

The central hole serves a few related purposes, the main one being to reduce the maximum temperature of the fuel pellet.
Fission is strongly dependent on material density and geometry. Ignoring heat for the moment, the fission rate at the center of the pellet is highest along the centerline; neutrons born near the surface are more likely to `leak` out of the pellet and not cause another fission
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I love this from the preface to McCracken's "A Guide to FORTRAN IV Programming"
I'm not sure which is funnier; computer programming courses being worth no more than 1 credit, or Fortran programming "is not very difficult to learn".
That's from 2nd Edition (1972); I have 2st Edition on order (covers FORTRAN II; circa 1962-3)
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Back on the phone with the specialty pharmacy, trying to get a refill on meds, my records corrected, and this spurious $2000 charge resolved. Better to get the billing sorted before they try to tag me for another $2k. Been dreading making this call for days...
... so my account was messed up (somehow) and copay assist wasn't getting billed so I may have fixed matters for the next 4 weeks until ExpressScripts finds a new way to try and kill me.
And as I say to the front-end pharmacy worker, imagine trying to navigate this as a cancer patient. "Oh yeah, we didn't feel like paying for your chemo for six months. Oops."
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I'm coming to the conclusion that Python really doesn't want you to develop packages and modules. No guidance on setting up project directories, etc., no info on running local dev code vs installed code. This ecosystem is a goddamn nightmare.
If you want to write a standalone, it's trivial. If you want to build an actual installable package with source code arranged in anything resembling a standard or workable manner, get f'ed. Either it can't sort its path out or it can't find local packages
Good OO Practice is to build a set of independent reusable packages and have a small CLI driver that imports those packages and calls main(). None of this is new. Staggering how awful/missing Python guidance is.
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Starting a Python project makes me sad and sleepy. It's like C++: there are no good ways of doing anything, only less-bad ways. But C++ is deep and cryptic; Python is restlessly moody and contrarian. C++ also leverages the conventions of C so there's a sensible place to start
I probably haven't looked at pyscaffold or cookiecutter in a year or two and they don't seem to have changed any. Neither explains what it intends to do without running it; cookiecutter still wants to play 20 questions but refuses to even tell you what they are before starting.
I feel like I'm showing up at the DMV to get a drivers license without any idea what paperwork I need to bring, how much it costs, whether I have to take a test, road and/or written, etc. The whole experience is avoidably stressful and frustrating. Feels really unfriendly.
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It's like we're paying for them to ignore us and feign amnesia
I'm honestly at the end of my rope with them. It's gone from incompetence to malice to out-and-out fraud. That's the only word I have for it. Fraud.
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