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Better Local Settings

A common convention I've seen in the Django community is to place code like the following at the bottom of your settings file:


# ``settings.py``
# Lots of typical settings here.
# ... then ...

try:
    from local_settings ...

Haystack 1.0 Final Released

Haystack 1.0.0-final has been released (via the packages at PyPi or GitHub). You can also install it via ``sudo pip install django-haystack`` or via git from GitHub.

The goal of Haystack is to ...

Haystack 1.0.0-rc1

After almost a full year of development, Haystack has been marked as 1.0.0, release candidate 1. I'd recommend all users upgrade, as it is what Haystack 1.0.0-final will be unless ...

Scripting tmux

In my day-to-day work, I find myself needing full mini-environments for several of the projects I work on. Frequently, I'll need to pop a handful of terminals and start various daemons or do environment ...

Postmortem: Django Dash 2009

Now that the Dash is over, I wanted to write up a little postmortem with some thoughts about how things went. To understate things, this year's Django Dash was amazing. In virtually every regard ...

2009 Django Dash Complete

The 2009 Django Dash is done. The site (http://alt.djangodash.com/) has the full commit logs and some interesting stats (overall, per team, per dasher). I'll do a better post-mortem tomorrow. Congratulations to ...

'Twas The Night Of The Dash

I almost fell out of my chair. Courtesy of @donspauding:

[10:20pm] donspaulding: More rapid than psyco, these coders they came,
[10:20pm] donspaulding: And daniel_afk adminned and knew each by name,
[10:20pm] donspaulding ...

Django Dash 2009 Has Begun!

The 2009 Django Dash has begun! We've got 62 teams competing this year so it should be a great competition. You can follow the progress online at the alternate site (due to some hosting ...

Django Dash 2009 Registration Is Open!

The 2009 Django Dash is now open for registration! The Dash is a 48-hour programming competition to build the best Django-powered website. People who want to compete should mosey on over to the registration page ...

Announcing Haystack - Modular search for Django

Search has long been a slightly painful affair within the Django community. There have been numerous attempts at search, each with a different API and feature set. People who are new to the community have ...

Things Afoot

It's been quiet here lately for many reasons. Part burnout from the November blogging, part being busy with work. But the other component has been a couple interesting open source projects and community projects ...

itty - A Sinatra-inspired micro-framework

A couple nights ago, I was talking with Matt and Christian. They were in the process of looking at Heroku and Sinatra. Matt lamented that Sinatra was perfect for low-level, web service-y things and how ...

Django Dash 2009

It's getting to be that time of year again, so (a day late) let's throw this out there. Since many people enjoyed it last year, I will be running the Django Dash again ...

Using Solr Multicore

At work, Solr is the search backend of choice. In the process of upgrading to Solr 1.3.0, a cursory search for "solr multicore" yielded very little in the way of how to go ...

More MultiResponse

The source for MultiResponse is now under version control (via GitHub). It's also been improved to no longer require file extensions/URLconf hacking (thanks James/mimeparse). The result is shorter and faster code with ...

Blog Month Wrapup + Stats

As seems to be the standard elsewhere, this is a wrap up post for the National Blog Posting Month. First, some lies/damned lies/statistics:

  • Total posts: 31
  • Total words: 14604
  • Average post length in ...

MultiResponse

As promised, here's the snippet of code I've been playing with. The behavior is that a client makes a request on your site but the request could be for any of several mime ...

No Post, Too Busy Coding

Tonight's entry is delayed as I'm working on a potentially interesting piece of code for Django. One thing I have missed from my time in Rails-land is respond_to, which allowed you to serve ...

XMPP FAIL

In an effort to try to expose myself to some more new(ish) technologies in my new-found free time, I thought I'd take a closer look at XMPP. Prior to tonight, I'd only ...

Knee Jerk Reactions To Lua

So I've been playing with Lua for what amounts to 2 cumulative hours now. More specifically, I've been working my way through Programming In Lua and thought I'd post some of my ...

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