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python introspection for unittests

Having a framework to automatically run all of your unit tests is important, but in a strongly dynamic language like Python, it can be difficult to find all of the tests to run in a batch. [nose][] makes the whole process much easier, by automatically finding all modules containing unittest.TestCase subclasses, allowing nonsubclassed simple test…

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pgtop – postgresql monitor like mytop

Any administrator who is responsible for one or more MySQL servers has probably run across the indispensable [mytop][], but a similar tool for PostgreSQL is less well known. However, Cosimo Streppone has ported and converted [mytop][] to [pgtop][], a Perl package to provide the same functionality – monitoring of threads, performance, reads and writes per…