Live-Streaming apps for smartphones have seen a surge in interest in the last year. Meerkat and Periscope (now Twitter) leapt onto the scene nearly at the same time and captured the imagination of a new crop of people anxious to share their experiences as they are happening – in real time.
Why the sudden interest?
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Every few years we need
ffplay for some little job. The ffmpeg suite is my go-to swiss-army knife for whipping video into shape. Unfortunately, the compilation process is challenging. Here is a summary of the recipe I used to build these tools on OSX 10.10.2. It was not exactly straightforward. That’s why I wrote it down.
To jump to the end, the most difficult part was getting SDL-1 to build. (https://www.libsdl.org) I tried using SDL-2 with
ffplay, but that combination did not compile correctly.
ffplay requires SDL-1, and SDL-1 required some manual edits to get it installed.
Continue reading Build ffplay and ffmpeg 2.6.2 on Mac OSX 10.10.2
I like developing using Python. I like its program structure, its performance and the way it supports coroutines. What I don’t like is distributing Python programs. Python installations from one computer to the next are notoriously different from one another. I may have two seemingly similar Linux computers running the same version of Python and a program may run well on one and may not find a dependency on another.
While the language and run-time system are well-defined, the way in which search-paths are set up and resolved does not seem to be. (See http://stackoverflow.com/questions/25715039/python-interplay-between-lib-site-packages-site-py-and-lib-site-py). Virtualenv aims to help, but the contract between Python and “the system” seems confusing. The result for me has that it has been difficult to produce shrink-wrapped programs for distribution from Python source.
The types of programs I’ve developed usually have dependencies on locally-developed SWIG-generated shared-libraries (.so), so my case may not be typical. (However, it is interesting :-) I’ve looked at using Cython to compile Python modules, and it works well for building an extension module in C, or for extending a C program with Python. However, if your aim is software construction using Python for the distribution of a complete application, then Cython seems lacking.
Nuitka (http://nuitka.net) is a “Python Compiler.” Nuitka can compile just one or a few modules, or it can compile an entire Python program. It takes a higher-level view of the job of compiling an entire project.
Continue reading Nuitka Compiler for Python
On November 21 I was pleased to participate in a meetup entitled Real-Time Streaming Data. The organizer of this meetup assembles a wide variety of presenters and topics under the umbrella topic of “Large-Scale Production Engineering.” Chris (the organizer) does a remarkable job of keeping a pipeline of interesting talks coming. I’m particularly interested in the January talk humorously entitled “Whatever happened to IPV6?”
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