7.2. Workflow Automation

This section covers some tools to automate the workflow of your Python project such as scheduling a time to run your code, sending notifications when your program finishes, etc.

7.2.1. Schedule: Schedule your Python Functions to Run At a Specific Time

If you want to schedule Python functions to run periodically at a certain day or time of the week, use schedule.

In the code snippet below, I use schedule to get incoming data at 10:30 every day and train the model at 8:00 every Wednesday.

import schedule 
import time 

def get_incoming_data():
    print("Get incoming data")

def train_model():
    print("Retraining model")


while True:

Link to schedule

7.2.2. notify-send: Send a Desktop Notification after Finishing Executing a File

If you want to receive a desktop notification after finishing executing a file in Linux, use notify-send.

In the code below, after finishing executing file_to_run.py, you will receive a notification on the top of your screen to inform you that the process is terminated.

python file_to_run.py ; notify-send "Process terminated"

7.2.3. knockknock: Receive an Email When Your Code Finishes Executing

It can take hours or days to train a model and you can be away from the computer when your model finishes training. Wouldn’t it be nice to receive an email when your code finishes executing? There is an app for that knock-knock.

All it takes is one line of code specifying your email address.

from knockknock import email_sender 

@email_sender(recipient_emails=['<your_email@address.com>', '<your_second_email@adress.com>'],
def train_your_nicest_model(your_nicest_parameters):
    import time 
    return {'loss': 0.9}

You can even have it send to your slack channel so everybody in your team can see. See the docs of this library here.

7.2.4. Makefile: Organize Your Command Line

Do you use often use a sequence of commands to do a repetitive task? Wouldn’t it be nice if you can call a sequence of commands using only one short command? That is when Makefile comes in handy.

In the code below, I use Makefile to automate the workflow to set up an environment.

# Makefile

  @echo "Activating virtual env"
  poetry shell
  @echo "Installing..."
  poetry install

  @echo "Pulling data..."
  dvc pull

If you run:

$ make activate

you should see something like below:

Activating virtual env
poetry shell

You can run activate, install, and pull_data at the same time by putting all of those commands under install_all:

# Makefile

  @echo "Activating virtual env"
  poetry shell
  @echo "Installing..."
  poetry install

  @echo "Pulling data..."
  dvc pull

  install activate pull_data

Now you can run the entire setup workflow by running only one command:

$ make install_all


poetry shell
Activating environment
poetry install
Pulling data...
dvc pull

I used Makefile to simplify the setup of my customer_segmentation project.

You can learn more about Makefile here.

7.2.5. notedown: Create IPython Notebooks from Markdown and Vice Versa

!pip install notedown

Sometimes you might want to convert your markdown file to a Jupyter Notebook for execution. If so, try notedown. notedown allows you to convert your markdown file to a Jupyter Notebook and vice versa.

To convert markdown file to a Jupyter Notebook with notedown, type:

$ notedown input.md >> output.ipynb 

To convert a Jupyter Notebook to a markdown file, type:

$ notedown input.ipynb --to markdown >> output.md 

Link to notedown.

7.2.6. Open a Website Using Python

If you want to open a website using Python, use webbrowser.

For example, running the code below will open my website in your browser.

import webbrowser


Link to webbrowser.