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  • Django Settings File Tricks

    Posted on March 9th, 2013 | 188 Comments

    Here are two really awesome tricks that have helped me with keeping my code sane on development and production.

    Environment Variables

    Environment variables are just like they sound. They are variables local to an environment such as development and production. You can basically store variables on the system so that when Django starts up it can use a certain variable value from development and a different one from the production server. We can set a DEBUG variable like so using a terminal window ...

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  • Creating an API With Django

    Posted on March 2nd, 2013 | 252 Comments

    It's been a crazy week for me put I wanted to make sure I got some useful content out. This week I'll be jumping back to python/django and talking about decorators and how they can be used for creating an API.

    A lot of people recommend Tastypie but I like to keep things simple when possible. Most APIs don't need anything as complex as Tastypie and just need something that can restrict access to some functions. Decorators make this ...

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  • RSS Feed Is Live

    Posted on February 16th, 2013 | 139 Comments

    Over the past few weeks I've been getting requests for an RSS feed. Luckily Django provides a super simple way to convert my blog posts to RSS and Atom feeds.

    #urls.py
    from core.feeds import rss_feed, atom_feed
    
    urlpatterns += patterns('',
        url(r'^rss/$', rss_feed()),
        url(r'^atom/$', atom_feed()),
    )
    
    #feeds.py
    from core.models import Entry
    
    from django.contrib.syndication.views import Feed
    from django.utils.feedgenerator import Atom1Feed
    from django.utils import text
    
    class rss_feed(Feed):
        title = "Max Burstein's Blog"
        link ...

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  • Realtime Django Using Node.js and Socket.IO

    Posted on January 12th, 2013 | 414 Comments

    Our goal for today is to build a realtime chatroom using Django, Redis, and Socket.IO. While we'll be building a chatroom the concepts can be applied to almost any web app. At a high level this post will show you how you can convert your REST based app into a realtime web app. I'll be using Django to create the REST based portion but feel free to use any language/framework you're comfortable with. With that said let's ...

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  • Threaded Commenting System In Django

    Posted on December 29th, 2012 | 276 Comments

    The goal of this project is to store a tree (comment thread) in a database. There are several ways to do this and a good list of references can be found at Stack Overflow. The algorithm I'll be using to create our threaded commenting system is called a Materialized Path.

    With the Materialized Path algorithm each comment will store the path to itself. For instance, if we post a comment to an empty thread the path to the comment is {1}. Since ...

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