Note: in lieu of other excuses: I have a carnival of journalism post coming soon. Consider this an unrelated holdover to remind you that I do, in fact, still occasionally use this blog.
For a while now, I've been toying with a side project called TableFu. If you follow me on Twitter or Github, you've probably seen it. It might already be in your toolkit (if, for example, you needed to organize a bunch of Youtube videos of Christmas carols).
The project started as a Python port of ProPublica's project of the same name, which is written in Ruby. In part, this project was an effort to expose myself to Ruby, at least enough that I could translate it to Python.
Lately, though, the project has developed a bit more of its own character, and I've been using it in actual projects at work. Here's one example: Will Presidential Nomination 'Hostage-Taking' Lead to Confirmation Reforms?
count methods are new, and
filter returns a new TableFu instance, so it's possible to chain queries (that's actually what TableFu does internally if you pass in multiple keyword arguments).
Once the data was filtered and aggregated, I just charted it in a new Google Spreadsheet. Simple enough.