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 …

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 …

MOTD

I've always preferred maintainable code over clever code:

Debugging is twice as hard as writing the code in the first place. Therefore, if you write the code as cleverly as possible, you are, by definition, not smart enough to debug it. - Brian W. Kernighan

Kernighan had it right all those …

Confidently Refactoring Django URLs, Views, and Templates

Googility.com is 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 …

Haystack Search Result Ordering and Pre-Rendering Results

I use Haystack and the Python Whoosh project to provide search over ~3400 articles in my Googility.com database. I had originally implemented the search in the "simplest way that works". I was making some other enhancement to Googility and noticed the search result page had two undesirable  behaviors:

  1. The …

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 …