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Overview of Using Django on the Google App Engine

A look at the advantages and disadvantages of using Django with the Google App Engine. Touches on the GAE platform itself, as well as looking at areas where ported Django projects will have to be adapted to the App Engine's unique environment.

Genetic Programming: A Novel Failure

The second entry in the Biased Intro to Computer Science series. Here we take a look at genetic programming, the bastard little brother of genetic algorithms.

Building Technical Leverage

The aim of a development group is to build business value. Building technical leverage is the focus on increasing the business value a development group delivers over time.

Recurring Events and Message Passing

This article looks at a couple of approaches for implementing systems with recurring events using message-passing based concurrency (Erlang and Clojure are used in code snippets). In particular it looks at the ping-pong, circle, coordinator and gossip approaches to distributed communication.

A Python-Markdown Extension for Embedding Graphviz

01/16/2010

I use Markdown for most of my online writing, and also as the format for most of my personal notes. Since I also use Graphviz quite frequently, adding an extension to handle both seemed like a reasonable next step.

Money or Meaning: Spending Our Wealth of Time

10/11/2009

We don't know how long we'll live, but we do know our time is limited, and life could be thought of as our endeavor to optimize the economics of our time. Yet, much like the current financial debacle, often the attempt to optimize ends poorly.

Using Automator to Scale Images Horizontally

09/22/2008

With ten minutes before bed and 35 megs of images to scale, I had my first encounter with Automator. It was a good encounter, and I heartily recommend it to others for--at minimum--batch scaling images.

A Photo Album with Python and PIL

01/04/2010

I wanted to do a fairly mindless little scripting project after spending too much time on well documented and maintained code. It's important to let your hair down sometimes. In this project I use Python and the Python Imaging Library to create a simple photo album.

The Day I Broke Production

02/14/2010

A reflection on a day when I accidentally broke a production environment by trying to fix a failed deployment. Definitely one of my learning experiences from the past year.

Hosting a Paper Reading Group

Once again we're experimenting with a paper reading group for our engineering team, this time with more success than previously, albeit in an unintended direction.

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