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Episode 20: Building PDFs in Python with ReportLab

The Real Python Podcast

Jul 31, 2020 53m

Have you wanted to generate advanced reports as PDFs using Python? Maybe you want to build documents with tables, images, or fillable forms. This week on the show we have Mike Driscoll to talk about his book “ReportLab - PDF Processing with Python.”

Mike is an author of multiple books about Python, and has recently re-written his Python 101 book. He is also a member of the Real Python team and has written several articles for the site. Along with our discussion about ReportLab and PDFs, Mike talks about being a self-published author. We also talk briefly about his favorite Python GUI framework.

Topics:

  • 00:00:00 – Introduction
  • 00:01:23 – Python 101 book revisions/rewrite
  • 00:04:48 – Python 201 book
  • 00:05:47 – What Python GUI framework do you prefer?
  • 00:12:46 – MouseVsPython YouTube channel
  • 00:14:34 – Why write a ReportLab book?
  • 00:16:11 – Kickstarter and self-publishing books
  • 00:21:38 – Reader feedback about the book
  • 00:22:35 – What other PDF tools are covered in the book?
  • 00:23:48 – Differences with ReportLab Plus
  • 00:25:00 – Flowables and PLATYPUS
  • 00:28:56 – Video Course Spotlight
  • 00:29:49 – What types of projects have you used ReportLab for?
  • 00:35:50 – Creating PDF forms with ReportLab
  • 00:40:21 – LaTeX comparison with ReportLab
  • 00:41:40 – PDFMiner text extraction
  • 00:43:17 – PyFPDF Library for PDF document creation
  • 00:45:28 – Camelot: PDF Table Extraction for Humans
  • 00:47:17 – Working with passwords and encryption - PyPDF2
  • 00:47:56 – What are you excited about in the world of Python?
  • 00:48:47 – Learning OpenCV
  • 00:49:38 – What do you want to learn next in Python?
  • 00:50:20 – Suggestions for Python libraries to read
  • 00:52:11 – Thanks and Goodbye

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