Obtain Short URLs and QR-Codes for Django Apps

Lately I've been interested in improving the interaction of my agilitycourses website for mobile users. One such improvement is to add QR Codes (aka 2D barcodes) representing the page URLs to the printed representations of pages served as PDFs.

I found that developers have reverse engineered the "api" of the …

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

Confidently Refactoring Django URLs, Views, and Templates

Googility.comis my first Django website and under the covers the oldest code looked like it. I had originally written it with the sole intent of allowing people to enter dog agility businesses and websites into a database that I could use to create a Dog Agility Google Custom …

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 …

Embedding JSON Within Generated HTML

Ran into an interesting problem at work this past week that had a simple and pleasing resolution. We have an in house developed JavaScript grid on some of our pages and when users entered some text strings we'd generate invalid JSON payloads that would give the user an error page …

Django Shrink The Web Template Tag Updated

I recently updated my Django template tag for simplifying the use of Shrink The Web images. They recently announced a CDN based distribution of images and they took the opportunity to modify their API.

The updated template tag is on django snippets.

The STW folks have asked be to extend …

Using django-sitemap with django-tagging

I was adding django-sitemap to googility.com yesterday and found that Tags don't implement get_absolute_url(). Which makes sense since the site developer would want to decide how to expose them in the URL space.

It is also arguable that links to pages displaying the tag view already exist in the …