A simple method for working with BigQuery results in Python (for pandaphobes)

I love Pandas. They’re so cute and cuddly and make great pets.

On the other hand, I have to admit that I’m not the biggest fan of the Pandas Python Library… while I do use it (and it…


Because simple is better than complex.

The first Cloud Function I ever deployed was to achieve exactly this task. We had a number of CSV files being dropped into a Google Cloud Storage bucket every night, which needed to be available for transformation and analysis in BigQuery.

Spending some time…


Analyse the contents of over 25 million books in a matter of seconds

When I was at college, finding specific information involved a pretty low-tech and inefficient process. You had to scan through book titles on a standalone computer (from my recollection you could at least search by keywords) to…


Because I don’t carry my Oxford English Dictionary around any more.

There are loads of things you probably don’t know about Google Chrome, but this trick is very simple and useful.

  • Step 1: Type `define:` followed by the word you want to look up into the search bar.
  • Step 2: Read the definition on your screen and consider yourself one word smarter

Because it might be useful for some things. Like writing posts about taking partial screenshots on a Mac.

OK that looks easy. In more details:

  • Step 1: Press and hold the command key (⌘)
  • Step 2: While still holding the command key (⌘), press and hold the shift key (⇧)

Because I can’t find it on my keyboard. Well, actually I can find it on my keyboard but it makes my other keys do different stuff.

I really hate having to do things with weird key combinations. Kind of like phone numbers in the olden days, for some reason I…

Jim Barlow

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