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2024

Playing with Rye and Mastodon.py
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Articles Python Mastodon Rye
In which we semi-automate an annoying production task away with the powers of Python, curiousity, and ADHD hyperfocus.

2023

TIL - Getting asdf Python with tkinter working on a M2 Mac
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TIL Macos Python Homebrew Tkinter
This week I wanted to play around with tkinter a bit. But this proved to be difficult on my M2 Mac. I use asdf to manage various runtime versions, so first I checked to see if it was already working with my existing Python installation using the built in test method.
Weeknotes for 2023-05-28
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Weeknotes Personal Development Python Explorers Wanted
It’s been a while since I’ve posted one of these. The last few work weeks have been so busy that by the end of the Friday work day I’ve been too tired to write a post. But I’m back home after a week overseas and it’s a long weekend, so let’s use this opportunity to catch up.
TIL - Automatically Set Your virtualenv
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TIL Python Poetry Hatch Venv Direnv
I’m a big fan of using direnv to set project-specific env variables. And at one point I was using it to automatically activate my poetry virtualenv whenever I entered the directory per this function.

2022

Weeknotes for 2022-11-01
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Weeknotes Python Comics Tv Dice Explorers Wanted Podcast Ttrpg
I realize it’s actually Tuesday, but it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these weeknotes, so here we go! Over the course of the last week: Finished watching Brand New Cherry Flavor on Netflix, which was an outstanding horror miniseries.
Human Readable RSS Feeds With Pelican
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Articles Python Rss Pelican
A few months ago, I came across this post by Simone Silvestroni explaining how they implemented a styled and human-readable RSS feed for their Jekyll-powered blog. I really liked the idea and wanted to implement it on my own site for browsers that don’t automatically offer to subscribe to a given feed.
Weeknotes for 2022-04-01
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Weeknotes Rust Python Comics Tv Movies
This week has been both incredibly busy, but also frustrating vague on things I can share. It doesn’t help that I’ve had a cold kicking my ass for the last few days.
Weeknotes for 2022-03-25
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Weeknotes Explorers Wanted Python Rust Personal Cookiecutter
This week in the world of Daniel: Released two new versions of django-quotes. Those are focused around making the app more flexible for lots of users, and some developer help with typing annotations.
TIL - Importing annotations from future for concise Python typing
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TIL Python
Python 3.10 introduced several improvements for type hints, including a much more concise Union operator. This means that instead of using: def square(number: Union[int, float]) -> Union[int, float]: return number ** 2 You can instead write this:
Weeknotes for 2022-03-18
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Weeknotes Personal Python Games Tv Movies Fish Pyenv Asdf Zsh Ohmyzsh Explorers Wanted Pelican
This week in the world of Daniel: I updated my quote service project to use my reusable django-quotes app. This should make maintenance easier. Since this is a backwards-incompatible change, I also updated ewdiscordbot and ewtwitterbot to use the new API endpoints.
TIL - Running make apidocs for Read the Docs
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TIL Python
I was hacking on my quote service the other day, and notice that Read the Docs wasn’t building my module level documentation, which meant that anyone that wanted to look at said modules in more detail was getting a 404 error.

2018

Migrating a Django application from Heroku to AWS Elastic Beanstalk
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Articles Development Heroku Aws Elastic Beanstalk Django Python
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 your Heroku dynos.

2017

Soaring with Pelican
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Articles Personal Development Assorted Geekery Meta Python Pelican
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.

2013

Switching To Octopress
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Articles Assorted Geekery Meta Ruby Octopress Django Development Python Jekyll Hyde
This site is now powered by Octopress. The tentacles compell you! It’s tentacly delicious ! The Search> The Search # As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve been looking to try out a new CMS for this site.

2011

Bleach: HTML Sanitization
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Articles Development Python Html Security
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.

2010

Version 3.0
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Articles Announcements Django Python Development
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.
Running Yahoo! Pipes on Google App Engine » Wordloosed
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Articles Google Pipes Python Yahoo
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!
Easier custom Model Manager Chaining
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Articles Django Orm Programming Python
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.

2008

Django Rosetta
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Articles Development Django Programming Python
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.
Django Evolution
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Articles Databases Django Django Evolution Programming Python
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.