August 14, 2008 I used Google Insights to look at the global search popularity for a dozen programming languages. Although I wasn't inspired with any particularly valuable insights, its still fairly interesting to see the distributions.
August 10, 2008 One of the most common quickie projects on the web is to screenscrape a website and play around with its data. These projects are a lot of fun, and can allow for inventive mashups, but often the screepscraping scripts cause unnecessary load on the site's servers due to inconsiderate technique. This is an introduction to the art of compassionate screenscraping.
August 9, 2008 I spent a bit of time this evening writing a template filter for Django that accepts a string of code (and optionally the name of the Pygments lexer to use for highlighting) and returns the code nicely syntax colored. A simple but slightly helpful addition to your templating arsenal.