Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Python variables in HTML String Literals

Using Python Variables in HTML multi-line Python string

Running the script below will generate an HTML page like this...

# ------------- HTML Template ------------------------
html_head = '''

<!doctype html>
<html lang="en">
    <!-- Required meta tags -->
    <meta charset="utf-8">
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1">

    <!-- Bootstrap CSS -->
    <link href="https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/npm/bootstrap@5.0.1/dist/css/bootstrap.min.css" rel="stylesheet" integrity="sha384-+0n0xVW2eSR5OomGNYDnhzAbDsOXxcvSN1TPprVMTNDbiYZCxYbOOl7+AMvyTG2x" crossorigin="anonymous">



html_tail = '''

    <!-- Option 1: Bootstrap Bundle with Popper -->
    <script src="https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/npm/bootstrap@5.0.1/dist/js/bootstrap.bundle.min.js" integrity="sha384-gtEjrD/SeCtmISkJkNUaaKMoLD0//ElJ19smozuHV6z3Iehds+3Ulb9Bn9Plx0x4" crossorigin="anonymous"></script>



html_body1 = '''
<div class="container">

    <div class="row">
      <div class="col-3">
        <img width= '250px' src="{main_image}">

      <div class="col-9">


html_body2 = '''
        <audio controls> <source src="{item_mp3_file}" /> </audio>


html_body3 = '''
      </div> \n
# -------------------------------------------------------

html_filename = 'index'
main_title = 'The HTML title' 
p_description = 'Placeholder.com is a free image placeholder service for web designers, serving billions and billions of images each year. You can specify image size & format (.GIF, .JPG, .PNG, .WEBP), background color & text color, as well as the text.'
main_image = 'https://via.placeholder.com/150'
p_date = '12-06-2021'
p_title = 'How To Use Our Placeholders'
main_description = 'Placeholder.com is a free image placeholder service for web designers, serving billions of images per year.'
p_mp3 = 'https://file-examples-com.github.io/uploads/2017/11/file_example_MP3_1MG.mp3'

with open(f'{html_filename}.html', 'w', encoding='utf-8') as html5:

    html5.write(html_body1.format(main_title=main_title, main_description=main_description, main_image=main_image))
    html5.write(html_body2.format(item_date=p_date, item_title=p_title, item_description=p_description, item_mp3_file=p_mp3))



That is it.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

PyQGIS - Attribute Group Counter

 If you have a vector shapefile layer that has an attribute which is a categorized group for other attributes and you want to get the count/number of items in each group, then here is a quick script to get you the result.

A typical scenario where you will find this useful is when you count counties in a state or similar scenario. Assuming we have a vector layer with a category attribute column named "group" as seen below, then we can count the occurrences of each group using the following script.

from collections import Counter

# Get active vector layer...
layer = iface.activeLayer()

# Lets count the number of features...

# Lets check the field names...
for f in layer.fields():

# Get attributes into a list...
attr_list = []
for feature in layer.getFeatures():

# Count item occurrences using 'collections.Counter'
attr_count = dict( Counter(attr_list) )

The primary logic here is in counting item occurrences within a list using collections.Counter module as seen below.

That is it!

Monday, June 7, 2021

PyQGIS for fun - lets write fun little scripts in pyqgis

 There are already many pyqgis scripts that allow you interact with various spatial datasets. In this post, I want to take a look at something different just for fun and hopefully that will help you understanding pygis ecosystem!

So we won't be interacting with core GIS data per se, instead we will write some fun little projects in PyQGIS that has little or nothing to do with GIS data directly.

These project will help us understand pyqgis and the QGIS interface as a whole. Lets get started...

Note: When you are scripting in PyQGIS, you are directly or indirectly using three technologies namely: Qt, PyQt and PyQGIS

Qt is a widget toolkit for creating Graphical User Interfaces (GUI) in C++.

PyQt is the Python interface to Qt. PyQt provides classes and functions to interact with Qt widgets.

PyQGIS uses PyQt instead of the default python GUI library (TkInter) that comes with most python installations. TkInter was removed from the python that comes with QGIS, the last time I check on QGIS version 3.16 it throughs error like so...

I think the QGIS developers don't want you to use another GUI tool kit within QGIS (which I think they are right, as doing this will only introduce another layer of complexity), sorry TkInter lovers 😊.