Archive for the ‘Programming’ Category

September 29, 2010 0

Server Side Spam Filtering

By in Information Technology, Linux, Programming

I ran across a document that I wrote in 2003 outlining the spam filtering process in Postfix for a client I had at that time. I had fun working with this client, for reasons not the least of which as they were happy to let me release my documents under the GPL v2 license.

I have the PDF document linked here.

September 28, 2010 0

Update Databases Dynamically

By in Artificial Nerual Networks, Programming

I recently had to work with data for importation into a database that provided several challenges. Here’s the raw output:

Calculating indicator AroonUp[25, {I:Prices HIGH}, {I:Prices LOW}] …
AroonUp[25, {I:Prices HIGH}, {I:Prices LOW}][2010-05-03 09:01:00] = 68.0000
AroonDown[25, {I:Prices HIGH}, {I:Prices LOW}][2010-05-03 09:01:00] = 12.0000
AroonOsc[25, {I:Prices HIGH}, {I:Prices LOW}][2010-05-03 09:01:00] = 56.0000

About 45,000 or so of these records. My table should look like this:


|     date        |     time   | aroonup25 | aroondown25 | aroonosc25 |

| 2010-05-03  | 09:01:00 | 68.0000    |     12.0000      |  56.0000    |


I don’t know ahead of time which indicator the file will specify (i.e. up25, down25, osc25) nor do I know whether or not the record is already in the database.

Putting the correct values is especially acute as a) I need to ensure the date & time corresponds with the correct values (using UNIX’s ‘cut’ just won’t cut it, pun intended) and b) over the course of literally “hundreds of thousands” of records, performance becomes a real issue.

I wrote a script (listed below) that coordinates the indicator type, date, time, and value. The first step is to parse the input file to an output into database syntax. Here’s the intermediate step’s output:

INSERT INTO ARG (aroonup25, date, time) VALUES (‘68.0000’, ‘2010-05-03′, ’09:01:00′) ON DUPLICATE KEY UPDATE aroonup25=’68.0000’;
INSERT INTO ARG (aroondown25, date, time) VALUES (‘12.0000’, ‘2010-05-03′, ’09:01:00′) ON DUPLICATE KEY UPDATE aroondown25=’12.0000’;
INSERT INTO ARG (aroonosc25, date, time) VALUES (‘56.0000’, ‘2010-05-03′, ’09:01:00′) ON DUPLICATE KEY UPDATE aroonosc25=’56.0000’;

Now that I’ve created a file that contains the correct database syntax, all that’s needed is to import it into the database:

$ cat ./aroon.sql | mysql minute -u cstevens -p

While the script seems simple enough it’s actually a cornerstone to building a sophisticated method for storing indicator (in this case) data.

Here’s the script:




#break down the input file
for i in 25 #25 is the period length of the indicator (for future expansion to other time lengths)
cat $parse_file | while read line
#grab ’em (ticks), parse, and convert to lower case
awk -F'[‘ -v counter=$i ‘{print $1’counter’,$3}’| sed s/’] =’//g | tr [:upper:] [:lower:] > $tmp_parse_file

if [ -f $sql_file ]
rm $sql_file

# create sql file output
cat $tmp_parse_file | while read indicator date time value
print INSERT INTO ARG ‘(‘$indicator’, date, time)’ VALUES ‘(‘”‘”$value”‘”, “‘”$date”‘”, “‘”$time”‘”‘)’ ON DUPLICATE KEY UPDATE $indicator=”‘”$value”‘”‘;’ >> $sql_file

Note that this script contains a couple of “hard coded” variables. I consider this poor programming practice. In this case, the hard coded variables are actual variables in my master script. I will run through the necessary changes as I import this code into the code tree.

September 16, 2010 0

Sattelite Photos with Tagged Image Locations

By in Programming

Have a GPS and a digital camera and would like to have a map depicting where you took your images? No problem.

Here are two scripts I wrote (one in Shell, the other in Ruby) that grabs a satellite photo based on your GPS’s data and places a point that corresponds where you took a picture. This script synchronizes your track log and your images’ header information to pull up a photo showing where you took each image. Here’s a sample:

The scripts require GPS drive and geo-map.

Main Script