My Favorite ORM and Python Anti-Patterns

At work I was looking at improving the performance of one of our slower web pages. It can be rewarding to find a little piece of code that can be easily optimized. This time there were several functions that were adding 10+ sec to the page in worst case. It …

Adding pyrsvg to a virtualenv created with --no-site-packages

I set up my development and deployment environments on Ubuntu with virtualenv with the --no-site-packages option to isolate them from packages in the system installation. My application uses pyrsvg and it is installed by default as a system package. Consequently I had to link the shared libraries it installs (w …

Tagged as: python rsvg virtualenv

Mobile Web Site Redirects in Django

For the mobile version of agilitycourses.com I wanted to follow the approach Google appears to be using on some of its sites:

  • If the user views agilitycourses.com from a desktop browser they should see the standard/desktop version of the site.
  • If the user views agilitycourses.com from …

Configuring Runit for Gunicorn and Django Installed in a Virtualenv on Ubuntu

I couldn't find any documentation that covered all the pieces for configuring my latest Django site so I hope this helps someone else out.

I had used mod_wsgi under Apache for my other Django sites. But now I'm using different python versions for the sites (until if/when I update …

Initial Release of django-stw

I have been using the free website thumbnail service from Shrink The Web on my dog agility search website Googility since I launched it. It is quick and easy to use and it adds a lot to the look of the pages.

I had created a simple Django template tag …