Browsers are terribly forgiving. Python’s parsers don’t deal with everything, even valid html5 docs. html5lib was a problem. Google code and so and not python 3 compatible.
The new html5lib supports python 3. Github, readthedocs, works fine!
He looked at web sockets in django. He played with tulip, Guido’s library for async python. He had 1000 processes calculating a ‘game of life’ screen and django connected with them just fine and pushed the result to the browser.
PyWaw is a python community in Warsaw. They have now had 24 meetings with about 55 attendees. At the last meeting they even had 100 people attending.
They are not alone in Poland, there are other user groups.
So… go back to your cities and start user groups!
Screen scraping is when you need to get structured information from the web, quickly and with no hassle.
Scrapy takes the hassle out of screen scaping. It takes away the pain of parsing horrible html.
It has perfect documentation and a helpful community.
You can even scrape from amazon, even including logging in.
What can you do? Convert SVG to VML. Stock checker for a market place. Testing your own website.
How to motivate kids aged 7-17 to learn online. Don’t give rewards. If you give rewards, that means that the task must be really shit. Rewards don’t scale either. After initial success, do you increase the reward?
Everyone is addicted to dopamine, the stuff you get in your head when you like something. Don’t give a reward always, because that turns play (which kids like) into work.
They did some tests: random rewards do seem to work. So that’s something you can look at.
There are three kinds of model inheritance now in Django:
None fit exactly with his usecase.
What he made was django-typed-models. A bit like proxy models, but it does store the type of the object in a type field, so you can figure out what you actually are.
They even use python magery for re-casting objects as a different type:
self.__class__ = NewClass :-)
It is a CMS he build for his own CMS. Many CMSs are, in the end, monolythic.
He made a CMS that consists of separate parts. If you just want a tree of pages, use django-fluent-pages. If you just want an editable main part of a page, use another app. Etcetera.
And you can also use django-fluent-dashboard, a more beautiful admin skin.
Update: he’s got a website now: http://django-fluent.org/
Is your production enviroment up? Use a monitor like http://pingdom.com.
Django should not run as root. Run it with gunicorn and nginx, for instance.
Get immune to surprise upgrades:
Amulet of life saving: re-spawn when death with supervisord.
Stun immunity: a crontab with
@reboot, for instance.
Acquire skill: chef, puppet.
The final battle: the slashdot effect. Gear up: autoscaling, self-healing.
Marc Tamlyn is the new core committer!
Your project is not code, your project is your people. Make them happy. Make them do the best they can, no more, no less. Keep them leveling up.
Reward teamwork. It is not about the individual. Don’t have individual goals, have team roles instead. Talk about “we” and “us”. Lead by example. Help the team. Help everyone do better.
If you’re a manager, try to be invisible. You’re behind the scenes. Multiplying your impact behind the scenes. Don’t take credit, the credit is for the team.
Move people to autonomy. Stay away from command and control. Set degrees of freedom and let people grow.
There’s an implicit contract between you and your teammember: I’ll give you freedom, you’ll share status and information with me.
Discard what doesn’t work, double down on what does. Especially regarding teamwork.
Do try to become better yourself, too. Find a mentor, read books, talk with others.
There are 7E9 people in the world. Is your relationship really the best choice? Mathemetically not. Don’t worry. Instead, commit to what you have already chosen and make it the best relation for you.
Same with web frameworks. There are so many… Stop worrying about making the wrong choice, stick with the one you have already chosen and make it the best for you.
Another subject: he wrote https://github.com/evildmp/django-inspector to report on all sorts of pages that his uses have added to his system. Status codes and so.
He hacked his landlord’s garage door opener. They only had one and there were multiple people that needed to use it. So hack the opener, add an arduino and a webserver to control the garage door. They also added django-social-auth.
An enterprise level garage door opener!
How to deploy Django over SPDY. How to get that to work? Run django inside jython and thus inside java and SPDY push actually works.
Database connection pooling. Creating a connection can take quite some time. Connection pooling will come in django core 1.6.
Cache templates. Especially if you use something lik django-crispy-forms
that uses lots of small templates. You only need to enable a template cacher
TEMPLATE_LOADERS in your settings.
pjax. Push state ajax. That helps a lot.
He used to use Puppet, but didn’t like the DSL. It was quite slow and wanted something better, stronger, faster.
They came accros Salt. Written in Python. Very fast. It is explicit, you control everything from the master, the clients don’t call home themselves.
In your configuration templates you can use jinja2 for loops and so.
His verdict: it is consise and clean.
Why should you care?
Less developed countries.
Overloaded wifi at django conferences.
What can you do?
gzip compression on the server.
django-htmlmin for html minification. It is still young and quite buggy at the moment.
css/js minification. Look at django-pipeline.
Do you need the full jquery? jquip has 90% of the functionality and 10% of the size. If you need the full version, use a CDN.
Bootstrap css: don’t hit “download” go to “customize” and make yourself a smaller version.
https://github.com/samastur/image-diet to optimize your images. Works out of the box with easy-thumbnails.
He sucks at people stuff. Small groups are OK, but bigger groups are a problem. So that’s hard when trying to integrate in a community, also the django community.
He works now on bambu-tools, a huge collection of small useful tools and components. But it needs work and fixes to make it useful for everyone.
Which is, see the first paragraph, hard for him. He’ll be at the sprints and he’ll do his best!
Three kinds of magic:
Django is beautiful. There’s magic inside, but it is beautiful magic.
Vagrant is non-understandable magic.
PyCharm was already magic in 2010 and it is even better now.
He now has something even better than magic. He has a miracle. He showed vagrant workin inside PyCharm. Looks quite nice. The debugger even works when the code runs inside the virtual machine.
What to do when different people have different music styles, for instance at a party? Time for democracy. A website running locally on your laptop allows you to log in and vote for numbers. The highest-voted songs will be played first :-)
Very handy when working with Django’s class based views: http://ccbv.co.uk
(Note: I already used a link here in my summary of Russell’s class based views talk. See http://ccbv.co.uk/projects/Django/1.5/django.views.generic.edit/UpdateView/ )
His first computer came with logo, you could move the cursor with it to draw lines. Infinite possibilities, so no goal.
There are a lot of open source projects. Does it reinvent the wheel? Does it solve a relative simple problem? Those are two ways to rate projects on.
Just try reading a URL with Python. Which built-in library to use? Hard.
The “requests” library is a small library that solves one relatively simple problem.
Django-guardian extends Django’s auth and has shortcuts for basic stuff. Much simpler.
Django’s auth itself is quite elaborate and hard.
You can use
django.test.client, but that is an integration test. All the
middleware and so is used.
For unittests, you can use a request factory. You still test the system, the callable.
We can also do focused unittesting. We can mimic
view.request = request
view.args = args
views.kwargs = kwargs
With this, you can test your code much more focused. And you gain speed!
Further reading: http://tech.novapost.fr/django-unit-test-your-views-en.html
Why would you use client SSL certificates? Isn’t user/passwd enough?
The advantage: nginx takes care of authentication.
Normally you have to code in C. But now you can also do it in Python.
He demo’ed it. Very nice! Looks useful and usable and simple. Perfect.
This is now the fifth year. We have a tradition now! High quality conferences organized for programmers by programmers. Not for profit. Great! And now the fun factor is there, too.
The fun will stay! Next year it’ll be France, on the beach, in the south! (They don’t know the exact city yet).
My name is Reinout van Rees and I work a lot with Python (programming language) and Django (website framework). I live in The Netherlands and I'm happily married to Annie van Rees-Kooiman.
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