Posted 11:41 a.m., Sunday 10 December, 2006.
In a project I've been working on lately, it's been an important requirement to allow users to spell-check the text they're entering, as it's going to be seen by their family and friends. I spent a bit of time looking at different spell-checking options, which ranged from simple checkers to what seemed to be complete working realtime MS Word™-style spell checkers with underlining and right-click support. In the interests of keeping everything simple to use and as cross-browser as possible, I've settled on a simple yet elegant solution.
Posted 11:57 a.m., Monday 13 November, 2006.
There is a common saying that 80% of a project takes 20% of the time and budget - and the remaining 20% of the work takes 80% of the time. This is no more correct than in the software development environment. Warning: Rant ahead!
Posted 1:02 p.m., Wednesday 23 August, 2006.
There is a cool function in Django for managing forms, and automatically doing data validation and manipulation before updating the database. That same cool function also has a critical issue in it that makes it impossible to reliably only update part of a model - except that critical issue has a critical fix that has been around for almost a year now and has never been documented.
Posted 8:02 a.m., Friday 11 August, 2006.
I've done some minor changes to the website recently to make life easier - including a new website template.
Posted 8:30 a.m., Tuesday 11 July, 2006.
Django's templates are fantastic for displaying content on your website, but what if you could use the power of the template system in other areas, such as e-mails sent from your application for registration or update purposes? Well, you can do just that - read on for an example.
Posted 7:30 a.m., Friday 23 June, 2006.
Often times on a website you will want to include the same block of dynamic data in your template, regardless of the view that generated the page. Common examples are lists of tags or categories, navigation bars (built from the database) and other such lists - such as those on the right side of this page. The good news is that you don't have to modify every single view to add these details to the template context. The better news is that it's fantasmically powerful with Django.
Posted 10:28 a.m., Thursday 8 June, 2006.
A recent upgrade to Django has made some drastic and far-reaching changes, called 'Magic Removal'. As such, all earlier code that relies on Django has to be updated - including my blog tutorials. Read on for a summary of the changes you'll have to make.
Posted 10:13 a.m., Thursday 8 June, 2006.
Simon Greenhill, a New Zealand based programmer, has alerted me to a cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in the comments portion of my blog - that seems to extend to the comments module in ALL django applications.
Posted 7:55 a.m., Monday 15 May, 2006.
I've updated my websites to run on the latest Django code base, named 'magic removal'. The updated blog code is coming soon, as it has to be altered in many ways to make it work on the new code. This should be the last major base change to Django before their 1.0 release.
Posted 10:28 a.m., Friday 17 February, 2006.
The third portion of my series on building a weblog application with Django: learn how to add the global Django comments module to your application, and list all posts for a given tag.
Posted 1:05 p.m., Thursday 2 February, 2006.
Lauren and I recently had our engagement party, and the photos are now all online.
Posted 12:21 p.m., Thursday 2 February, 2006.
The second part of my 'Building A Blog with Django' series, showing how to actually make your database visible to the world - you'll be putting your weblog online for all to see. See part 1 for information on creating the database.
Posted 12:12 p.m., Tuesday 31 January, 2006.
Lauren and I recently got engaged - and the first batch of photos are online.
Posted 11:55 a.m., Wednesday 25 January, 2006.
I've written a new photo gallery application in Django, in complete Web 2.0 style with google maps embedded in the page - and it's online for all to see.
Posted 3:31 p.m., Monday 23 January, 2006.
The first in a multi-part series on building a weblog using Django. This first article covers getting started, creating your database, and using the automated Django Administration screens to enter data. Stay tuned for more articles including putting your blog online, adding user comments, and more.
Posted 4:28 p.m., Thursday 12 January, 2006.
A few links that I use regularly when building web applications are stock.xchng for stock photography, and Open Web Design for web templates (such as this one you're seeing now). Read on for details.
Posted 9 a.m., Tuesday 10 January, 2006.
I've always been a PHP coder - everything web-based that I wrote was in PHP. Until last week. I've discovered Django, and I'm wishing I found it earlier. And why haven't I been using Python until now? Read on for my first impressions of the Django web framework.
Posted 1:11 p.m., Monday 9 January, 2006.
I've got a new weblog online built using Django, a Python web application framework.
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