Entries published in 2010

4 entries published in this year. See also: latest entries.

A stateful problem

So, this week we dropped some security updates, which you should definitely check out if you haven’t seen them yet.

We also released the first 1.3 beta, which is an important milestone since it means 1.3 is now feature-frozen and will get only bugfix and polishing work until the final release. Quite a few useful things made it in between alpha and beta, and a couple just barely slipped in under the wire. One feature in particular is near and dear to me, since I’ve been ranting about it ...

Entry published December 24, 2010. Read full entry.

The news done broke

(or, “Dear Louise…”)

Once upon a time, Jacob wrote a wonderful insider’s view of how our election coverage works, and noted that basically the whole thing’s held together with baling twine and duct tape. That was 2006; it’s now 2010 and midterm elections are upon us again. As I write this I’m actually at my desk at the Journal-World office, and for the first time tonight nothing’s actually broken. So I’d like to update Jacob’s post with the story of how we do things now.

That little feed on the TV screen ...

Entry published November 2, 2010. Read full entry.


Step 1: pip install django-funserver

Step 2: Add “funserver” to your INSTALLED_APPS.

Step 3: Run manage.py funserver.

For best results, don’t do this on a real server.

Code is here, for those interested.

Entry published November 1, 2010. Read full entry.

On branching

Back in 2008 I posted some rambling thoughts on distributed version-control systems, largely in response to the huge amount of hype surrounding such tools (particularly git). Then at PyCon last year, amid even more hype as it was announced that Python will switch from Subversion to a distributed tool, I gave a lightning talk reflecting on what I’d picked up and seen during the intervening eight months.

It’s now been a year and a half since that original blog post; in that time I’ve switched all of my personal projects from ...

Entry published February 2, 2010. Read full entry.