I'm a developer, not a writer
I just put my latest project, django-fractions, up on github. It's a set of tools for manipulating fractions on Django sites. It is not fully fleshed out yet, needs test cases, etc. This was extracted from a separate (yet to be made public) project and code which was specific to that project. It's useful and works well enough as is, so I figured I should take the first step and get it on github, which will hopefully inspire me to finish cleaning it up.→ read more
I've recently been experimenting with using RequireJS in a Django environment. The biggest hurdle I ran across was cache busting and that I'm using a multi-page setup, with some shared js, and knockout with a viewmodel for handling the navbar which is on every page. Django-Require comes with two classes for managing static files,
OptimizedCachedStaticFilesStorage, the latter of which provides hashed filenames so that as your files change long cache times don't cause stale files to be served. The OptimizedCachedStaticFilesStorage only works when using the
require template tag which comes as part of django-require.
In ...→ read more
This week I had the need to build some functionality on a Django site where a small part of the site would live on a subdomain. So, for example, if the main site was on example.com, this new bit needed to be on abc.example.com. The two parts of the site share sessions, cookies, and so on and abc.example.com needs to be able to make POST requests to AJAX form handlers on example.com (with a bit of an exception I'll get to in a moment).
For the domain and subdomain with share sessions the ...→ read more
I did a bit of experimenting with setting up a local, private read the docs server to use at work for documenting our Django apps which do not have public code. This is pretty easy once you know what to do, but the steps you need to take may not be immediately obvious. Start out by setting up your own Read The Docs stuff as documented.
After that, create a local_settings.py file and add in
ALLOW_PRIVATE_REPOS = True there. This setting will allow you to use x-oauth-basic urls for your github repos.
Now go to your github project's settings ...→ read more
I came across a unit test situation recently where I did not want to litter my project with test files for reading. I did some looking and python-mock has a way to mock open, but there are a couple of things to watch out for. What is documented there doesn't quite work right off the bat. The documentation shows this:
with patch('__main__.open', mock_open(read_data='bibble'), create=True) as m: with open('foo') as h: result = h.read()
Simple enough. Except right away, that
__main__.open actually needs to be
__builtin__.open, at least on Python 2.7 ...
I've begun a new side project. This one might actually get finished and permanently hosted, even. The main purpose of the project is for me to play with Django Rest Framework and more KnockoutJS. So far I'm really liking both. Django Rest Framework is proving to be much easier to work with than Tastypie once I need to break away from the standard. I find splitting the serializers out from the views/endpoints and being able to route by request method to be far more flexible.
KnockoutJS also continues to be flexible and provider cleaner, more maintainable UI ...→ read more
So I've learned some things since my last post on here.
For one, people actually come to my little website. I did not know this. I haven't run any usage tracking stuff for a long time and just kind of figured it's a tiny blog thing which I don't advertise and I'm not famous, so it must get like 2 hits per year. I got bored and set up Google Analytics a few days ago and it turns out more people visit each day than I thought did in a year. Not tons. Not even ...→ read more
I've started a second small to mid sized project to go along with Djukebox. I'm using this to test something out with Django projects to see what I prefer. With Djukebox I just made it a proper installable app that you can install with pip (if I put it on pypi). I like this because then you can easily start a project called whatever you want, which does anything you want, and add Djukebox to it. It also makes it easy to distribute without tying myself or anyone else to a specific project structure, you set up your ...→ read more