Migrating a Django application from Heroku to AWS Elastic Beanstalk

Posted on Sun 16 December 2018 in Dispatches • Tagged with aws, development, django, elastic beanstalk, heroku, python • 14 min read

Here’s the scenario you find yourself in: you’ve built and deployed a cool little Django app, and successfully deployed it on Heroku. You’ve followed all the great advice out there and are using django-environ to help manage all the various configuration variables you have to retrieve from …


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Soaring with Pelican

Posted on Fri 19 May 2017 in Dispatches • Tagged with assorted geekery, development, meta, pelican, personal, python • 3 min read

Pelican logo

Get Pelican: it’s good!

There comes a time in every young man’s life when he begins to neglect his digital lawn, and the weeds grow so thick you wouldn’t think there was any home there at all. Such has been the state of Ministry for the last …


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Switching To Octopress

Posted on Thu 24 January 2013 in Dispatches • Tagged with assorted geekery, development, django, hyde, jekyll, meta, octopress, python, ruby • 6 min read

This site is now powered by Octopress. The tentacles compell you!

Octopress

It’s tentacly delicious!

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve been looking to try out a new CMS for this site. The reasons were myriad, and they were all discussed in the aforementioned post …


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Bleach: HTML Sanitization

Posted on Mon 03 January 2011 in Dispatches • Tagged with development, html, python, security • 1 min read

Bleach is a rather clever Python module for sanitizing HTML input and auto-linking URLs. It uses a whitelist for the allowed elements and attributes (thank God), and will avoid trying to “linkify” URLs that are already within an anchor element. The way it pulls this off is to build an …


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Version 3.0

Posted on Sun 28 November 2010 in Dispatches • Tagged with announcements, development, django, python • 5 min read

After lots of hard work, some swearing, and lots of patience on the part of my wife, Version 3.0 of this site is now live. It’s been a long journey, but getting it done has been very satisfying.

A Little History

When I first switched to using my …


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Running Yahoo! Pipes on Google App Engine » Wordloosed

Posted on Mon 01 November 2010 in Dispatches • Tagged with google, pipes, python, yahoo • 1 min read

Greg Gaughan has put together a rather clever Python script that can take a pipe created and hosted on Yahoo! Pipes into a Python module. The resulting file allows you to run your pipe directly from your computer as opposed to relying on Yahoo! servers. Gaughan has also built a …


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Easier custom Model Manager Chaining

Posted on Tue 20 July 2010 in Dispatches • Tagged with django, orm, programming, python • 1 min read

Via Simon Willison:

This is a really convenient way to add custom functions to model managers in Django. Way easier than defining custom managers each time you need extra functionality.


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Django Rosetta

Posted on Sat 12 April 2008 in Dispatches • Tagged with development, django, programming, python • 1 min read

Via Simon Willison:

This is a real cool Django app that creates an awesome interface to help internationalize your site. Allows the adminstrator, and an optional group of designated translators to read and write your site’s gettext files.


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Django Evolution

Posted on Sat 12 April 2008 in Dispatches • Tagged with databases, django, django evolution, programming, python • 1 min read

This is one of the more promising projects in progress on the Schema Migration front. Schema evolution can be a bit painful and projects like this for automatically migrating database structure based on the Python model code will be a necessity for long term projects.


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Quick Post: My Pownces, Let Me Show You Them

Posted on Wed 05 March 2008 in Dispatches • Tagged with api, assorted geekery, development, django, pownce, programming, python, social networking • 1 min read

Heh, I had a little fun this afternoon writing a little Django app for my site that will regularly import my public Pownce notes and allow me to display them in the sidebar. It’s really just a modified version of the app I’m using for my Twitter statuses …


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