Integrated Coverage Analysis with Coveralls

When I converted django-periodicals to use cookiecutter-djangopackage I was running coverage.py in my Travis-CI .travis.yml to report the coverage results to the command line log. The coverage results were interesting but didn't really alter my development practice much.

Over the years I've had differing options about coverage testing …

cookiecutter-djangopackage - Do the Right Thing

In preparation for upgrading and enhancing Googility.com I've started breaking out reusable applications, upgrading them, and open sourcing the code on GitHub. I wanted to follow development best practices and create high quality applications including these features:

  • A full set of tests.
  • Near 100% code coverage.
  • Continuous Integration running …

Reducing the Cost of Client Side Analytics

I read Andy McKay's blog post on timing user experience on the Mozilla Webdev blog the other day and it reminded me of an idea I was thinking about for measuring client side timings at work. I had been toying with the idea of rolling our own library to capture …

Debug Site for Website Redirects By Referer String

I'm adding an "m" subdomain to agilitycourses.com to provide a better mobile browsing experience. I'm using the referrer string in Django middleware (currently using minidetector) to detect whether the client is mobile and redirect them to the mobile site. Since it is likely that some folks will/won't get …

Improving Google Ads and Google Search Descriptions

I was looking at the google search results for my Googility web site and noticed that the descriptions shown underneath the title often contained text from my navigation links instead of content from the body of the page:

Google_description

I did some searching and found the Google Webmaster blog post about …

Firediff: track and save CSS edits in Firebug

When I'm making fiddly changes to a web page I like to tweak the CSS using the Firefox Firebug plugin. It has the advantage of letting you try changes quickly and see the effect. The downside has always been that you had to then change the source CSS file to …

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 …

Multiple YouTube Videos per page using VideoLightBox

I decided to stop displaying the default YouTube video players within posts on my AgilityNerd blog and I started looking for a light boxed player. Their were two main reasons. The smallest video playback window provided by YouTube for HD videos is too wide for my two column layout and …