A Django Anti-Pattern, Rolling Your Own REST

June 13, 2008 Almost every web project ends up with a little slice of REST to call its own. One of the great conveniences of working with Django is that it makes rolling these slices of REST very simple. Simple enough that we as a community are still haven't come up with a compelling unified REST solution. Hopefully we can refocus on this problem a bit with the new 1.0 roadmap, and have something really useful ready to go when Django 1.0 hits the newsstands.

Filed under djangorestanti-pattern

Several Approaches to Versioning Files in PHP

July 28, 2009 Another problem I ran into at work recently is how to include versioned static files into a PHP frontend. Here I take a look at a couple of possible approaches, although neither of them are particularly overwhelming in their beauty, they seem to be workable.

Filed under php

Actors in Common Lisp

January 3, 2008 Taking a brief look at my current project of implementing Erlang/Scala style actors in Common Lisp.

Filed under actorscommon-lisp

Making Django Apps Run On and Off GAE

March 10, 2009 Here are some short snippets which examine how I modified django-springsteen to run on and off the Google App Engine without requiring external dependencies.

Filed under djangogoogle-app-engine

Reflections on Django (repost)

June 1, 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. This was my first written thoughts on using Django. Kind of funny to look back on them years later.

Filed under djangowriting


July 18, 2008 今週の木曜日は最後小学校に行く日だった。で、最後日本で授業を教える日もだった。ちょっと感動する日になったでしょうね。

Filed under jetjapan

Cleanly Extending Python Markdown with Syntax Highlighting

January 10, 2008 A look at extending the Python Markdown library. It happens to be an extremely well written library, so extending it is a bit more fun than it ought to be. Take a look.

Filed under pythonmarkdown

Epic PyObjC, Part 5: Resources and Farewell

August 27, 2008 This brief final segment of the Epic PyObjC tutorial series looks at a few statistics from the series, and also I recommend a few resources for moving forward.

Filed under pythonos-xcocoapyobjc

Expectations and Reality for the lowly ALT

October 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.

Filed under jetjapan

Running a Humane Interview Process

June 10, 2016 Interviewing fills many with a sense of dread, but as an industry I think we are incrementally moving in the right direction. Here are some steps towards a humane interview process.

Filed under managementhiring

Debugging Crashes With Small Scripts

January 23, 2010 Last week at work we ran into a fairly strange crashing bug. Writing a handful of simple scripts to test language/vm settings made it straightforward to debug a fairly confusing issue without trying to deal with the richness of a real application.

Filed under erlang