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Hard and Soft, Fluffy and Brittle

02/03/2009

Going through my first design phase in a large team of engineers has been an enlightening experience for me, exposing me to an ancient software dichotomy: hard versus soft.

Being a Local Maximum

10/19/2008

Are you the best programmer in your project group? Are you a solitary contract developer? When the curtail starts falling, do you know you'll be the one who'll carry the project or be the last one crushed by its weight? Well, then I guess you're a Local Maximum. Congratulations, and my condolences.

Writing Custom Contexts for Django

07/01/2007

Writing custom contexts for Django is a powerful way to extend generic templates, or to simply avoid writing repetitive code when you need the same content to be available to a number of templates. They are also fantastically simple to use

Cull Lingering Erlang Heart Processes

02/04/2009

This article introduces a short Perl script that culls errant Erlang heart processes, which have the awkward tendency of accumulating over time with crash-heavy processes.

Is the JVM the "next assembly"? I hope not. (repost)

06/04/2007

This is the new home of an old entry from the now defunct original incarnation of *Irrational Exuberance*. These entries are almost two years old, and haven't necessarily aged well, but maybe that's a good thing. (The original title of this was "Is Java the "next assembly"?". A year or two it was pointed out that JVM is more appropriate than Java. Better late than never, right?)

Setting Up Django-Rcsfield

10/15/2008

I spent an hour or two last night figuring out how to get django-rcsfield working, and figure that the notes from the experience might benefit anyone else trying to do the same. With these notes, you too should only be thirty minutes away from adding version control to your Django textfields.

Restricting User Signups in Django

10/12/2008

A brief and informal article on restricting the user signups using an arbitrary signup code with a specified number of uses. Could this be made into a pluggable app?

What Do Django People Search About?

06/17/2009

Link to the search logs for Findjango. Obviously, not really that much data, but something.

Miyajima and Hiroshima

12/29/2007

Some pictures and minimal commentary from my trip to Hiroshima and Miyajima.

Expectations and Reality for the lowly ALT

10/14/2007

When you apply to the JET program you have a lot of expectations. Then you talk to a couple of people who participated in the JET program before, and you get a new set of different expectations. A true JET veteran would tell you that Every Situation Is Different and to stop predicting because you're never going to know.

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