Pretty-printing a table in Python

Often you'll have a table of data. You want to print it out as text, but aligned for readability. Here is a simple module to do that. I'll discuss the code below. First, we have format_num. This basically just adds commas to our numbers (we want it to be pretty, right?). import locale locale.setlocale(locale.LC_NUMERIC, "") […]

Why I hate doing “native checks”

The term "native check" is used in the biz to refer to what is essentially having a native speaker of English (NSE) rewrite an English translation done by a native speaker of Japanese (NSJ). I hate it. It's not that it pays less than translating. I've found that it pays about the same, as long […]