Entries published in April 2008

4 entries published in this month. See also: all entries published in 2008, latest entries.


As a general rule, the things I write fall into two categories: long-form (for the medium of blogging, that is; the book is “long” in a very different sense), in-depth pieces which tend to be either tutorials on various aspects of working with Django or op-ed bits on web development and the Web in general, and short-form tidbits which mostly consist of a thought or two. Typically I never post the latter, because it always feels like a waste: if I could give it a more thorough treatment, I’ll hold ...

Entry published April 29, 2008. Read full entry.

Minty fresh

For a while now I’ve been really disappointed with the state of web stats.

When I moved over to my shiny new server back in September of last year, I ditched Mint because it requires PHP and MySQL, neither of which will ever, under any circumstances, be allowed on my box. So I started fishing around for something else; most other host-it-yourself stats packages were, frankly, crap either in terms of what they tracked or the interface they presented it in, which led me to look for a hosted solution.

I tried ...

Entry published April 19, 2008. Read full entry.

I don’t normally do memes

But this one was geeky and interesting enough to be worth it:

$ history|awk '{a[$2]++} END{for(i in a){printf "%5d\t%s\n",a[i],i}}'|sort -rn|head
   75   cd
   64   ls
   34   ssh
   29   python
   21   rm
   21   hg
   20   svn
   18   man
   18   less
   17   screen

Entry published April 10, 2008. Read full entry.

Batteries sold separately

At first glance, Google’s App Engine looks like a great way to build the next big web application; you get access to a massively scalable infrastructure, you get access to a huge existing authentication system, you get baked-in stats, you get all sorts of cool goodies.

Oh, and you get Python, which is a great language for writing web applications, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t take some pleasure in Django being available out of the box.

Personally I don’t really care one way or another about hosting code with Google ...

Entry published April 8, 2008. Read full entry.