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Entries published in December 2008

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

Users and the admin

So, for as long as I can remember the single most-frequently-asked question about the Django admin has been some variation of “how do I set a foreign key to User to automatically be filled in with request.user?” And for a while the answer was that you couldn’t do that, really; it was and still is easy to do with a custom form in your own view, but up until a few months back it wasn’t really something you could do in the admin. Now, as of the merge of …

Entry published December 24, 2008. Read full entry.

Why I like pip

So yesterday I explained some of the reasons why I don’t like setuptools. In essence, my objections boil down to one idea: application packaging and application development should be orthogonal concerns. The way setuptools works, however, seems to tend, inevitably, toward coupling them to each other. I gave one example — the way the default behavior of installing zipped packages (an ironic twist: the man who so eloquently explained how Python is not Java has spent so much time and effort trying to implement Java packaging conventions in Python) …

Entry published December 15, 2008. Read full entry.

On packaging

So currently there’s a bit of a to-do involving Debian’s Ruby packaging team and the Ruby “gem” system. This document does a good job of summarizing the issues from Debian’s perspective. And of course, the Ruby side of it is no less heated; an example is here.

A lot of this is the usual back-and-forth between (on the one side) application developers working in one particular language, who want to distribute their applications to the widest possible audience and so use an operating-system-agnostic but language-specific tool for doing so, …

Entry published December 14, 2008. Read full entry.

Let’s talk about Python 3.0

There’s an old joke, so old that I don’t even know for certain where it originated, that’s often used to explain why big corporations do things the way they do. It involves some monkeys, a cage, a banana and a fire hose.

You build a nice big room-sized cage, and in one end of it you put five monkeys. In the other end you put the banana. Then you stand by with the fire hose. Sooner or later one of the monkeys is going to go after the banana, and when …

Entry published December 5, 2008. Read full entry.

Generic inlines and Django history

The other day at work I stumbled across my first opportunity to use a relatively-new feature in the Django admin, one which turned what had looked like it would be a fairly nasty task into, basically, a five-minute job (plus staging, testing and deployment, of course, but that happens no matter how long it takes to develop the code). I’ll get to the specifics in a minute, but first I want to give a little bit of background on what, exactly, I was working on, since it’s sort of a …

Entry published December 4, 2008. Read full entry.