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.
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 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
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.
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?)
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.
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?
Link to the search logs for Findjango. Obviously, not really that much data, but something.
Some pictures and minimal commentary from my trip to Hiroshima and Miyajima.
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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