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astropy@GSoC Blog Post #6.5 - Week 10, Final Evaluations

Hey there, How you holding up? So, this is the end of astropy@GSoC  time period. There was a time growing up when I used to wonder about Astropy people. About those science wizards who worked on writing computer programs for an esoteric software thing that made calculations of the universe, with a bizarre portmanteau of a name, astro-pie . Haha, and now, as the project finishes up, I am one of those fabled wizards. Well, it has been quite a ride, hasn't it? Let's first take a step back to recap what the context of my Google Summer of Code project was and then have a detailed look at what has been done. Below is part of the short project synopsis I had submitted during the application process back in April. One important feature of Astropy is reading and writing tabular data in a wide variety of useful formats. One such astronomical data storage format is the CDS-ASCII format employed by Centre de DonnĂ©es astronomiques de Strasbourg (CD

astropy@GSoC Blog Post #6, Week 8&9

Heads-up about the Progress of #11897 In summary the situation of the concerned PR a few days back was 4 types of CI test errors, one bug and possibly a need for modification of part of the code copied from pycdsreadme. All these have been taken care of as detailed below, but for the numpy depreciation warnings that keep coming up. I don't think we can do anything about the latter's persistence as of now. I shall comment more about it on GitHub as well. File not found error : Moritz's HW, i.e. using get_pkg_data_filename import, directly took care of this. Error in coord col decimal places : The precision of the coordinate component columns was getting set arbitrarily, which created difference in the output for 32-bit and 62-bit machines, and possibly between different operating systems. This has been corrected by having a fixed number of 12 digits after decimal for RAs,   DEs and the

Review: The Dead of Jericho by Colin Dexter

The Dead of Jericho by Colin Dexter My rating: 5 of 5 stars This was the first Colin Dexter book I took up, indeed only after we had obtained a paperback of it. This is per se the sixth book in the Inspector Morse series, but I am glad I started off with this first. Because, this is a mighty likeable book. Also, the first episode of the Inspector Morse TV series is based on the Dead of Jericho, so another plus point. In the book, Morse cunningly, albeit with hick-ups here and there, solves the Murder of Miss Anne Scott, previous employee at Richards Publishing shifted now to giving private Greek lessons owning to her previous exposer to it, and that of her nosy sixty-something neighbour Mr. George Jackson, who pries over others affairs and wanted to make a buck or two out of it. Events take place mostly in the Oxford sub-urb of Jericho, which is a real place on the map. I liked the complexity of the plot and the level of familiarity the author shows about the vocabulary of the E