Installing Python on Mac OS X Catalina

(This is a reminder to myself, and maybe a help for someone else who might be in the same situation as me. The purpose was to be able to lint documentation I’m trying to update for the pip project work.) This applies to installing “the latest” Python on Mac OS X 10.15.6. I’ve used this […]

Creating rapid CLI prototypes with cli-output

I’m working on the usability of pip (the official Python package manager) at the moment. This short blogpost isn’t about how to design CLIs. It is about creating rapid prototypes with this tool – part “look at this useful tool, part “thank you Pradyun” part feature request list. 🙂 Update After putting together the feature […]

A Python community announcement about our pip work

Sumana Harihareswara the pip PM put together a video for the Python community to tell them about our UX work on pip, the package manager. Initially I was thinking “I hate seeing my face on video, I hate hearing my voice. This better not have ukelele music. I hate those kinds of videos.” I liked […]

How should pip handle dependency conflicts when updating already installed packages?

The pip UX Team is looking for your input into future pip behaviour! What is this research about? This research is to understand what behaviour users expect from pip where upgrading a package would introduce dependency conflict(s) to already installed packages. I want to give my input! Great! Nicole has put together a 1 question […]

Test pip’s alpha resolver and help us document dependency conflicts

Hello! It’s Bernard and Nicole here from the pip team. What’s this research about? The team is working on the improving the way that pip resolves package dependency conflicts and would like feedback from users who have projects with complex dependencies. By complex dependencies we mean projects that: have at least 10 package dependencies some […]

Doing ethical research with vulnerable users

(This post has been sitting in draft for a few months. Today I was tagged in a discussion about researching with vulnerable/distressed people and I just pressed publish. The post started out as an email I sent to the UK GDS User Research mailing list on the topic of doing user research with vulnerable people.) […]

City Uni talk: User-centred government links

Hi everyone! Thank very much for your time yesterday. I really enjoyed visiting City Uni again. I mentioned a lot of different websites and links. If anyone wanted to read more about those thing,  here are some links to the things I mentioned. Home Office Digital Data and Technology If you’re interested in reading more […]