Below are popular IDE that are used at NeuroPoly, alongside useful tips/modules/extensions

  • VS Code

  • Pycharm

    • If youโ€™re looking at code in PyCharm and want to share a link to specific lines on GitHub, you can highlight a snippet, then right click and select โ€œOpen In -> GitHubโ€ and it will take you directly to a permalink to those lines on GitHub

Virtual Environments#

1. Create a virtual environment for a project:

$ cd my_project_folder
$ virtualenv venv

Or to specify a Python version:

$ virtualenv venv -p <PATH_TO_PYTHON>

2. To begin using the virtual environment, it needs to be activated:

 $ source my_project/bin/activate

3. If you are done working in the virtual environment for the moment, you can deactivate it:

 $ deactivate

Packaging Code#

Suggest workflow via Github Actions:

  • on Pypi, create a Token for the โ€œorganizationโ€ with โ€œglobalโ€ scope

  • on Github > Settings > Secrets > Add a secrets.

    • Warning: if you created the token at the organization level, you should create a secrets for the organization (not the repos)

  • Create a Github action template for โ€œpublishingโ€

  • Github uses twine to publish the package, everytime a release is created (does not work for draft releases)

  • Edit the .yml file with the credentials for connecting to Pypi

  • To debug, you can create the package locally and verify its integrity:

    • Install twine: pip install twine

    • Build the distribution: python sdist bdist_wheel

    • Check integrity: twine check dist/*

Useful Packages#



Courses and Tutorials#


Tips and Tricks#

Nice Packages#

- pytest-sugar: Nice visualization for pytestEdit


Display 2d array:

from matplotlib.pylab import *
matshow(data2d, fignum=1, cmap=cm.gray), plt.colorbar(), show()

Interactive mode (can display several figures without freezing the process)

import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
plt.plot([1.6, 2.7])
# Turn interactive mode off

Using oriented-object approach (force backend)

from matplotlib.backends.backend_agg import FigureCanvasAgg as FigureCanvas
from matplotlib.figure import Figure
fig = Figure()
ax = fig.add_subplot(111)
ax.matshow(data2d, cmap='gray')