The following list is a collection of resources for understanding and learning Web fundamentals and application programming interfaces (APIs). Modern software development is driven by crafting custom code and combining that code with APIs. The concepts listed here are key to performing software development well. Many of these links are also ... read more
Recently I have been writing content on other places around the Web. Here's a quick summary of what I've been up to.
In case you're trying to get CFPB collab working in your environment, there's a few errors you might run into. This is a quick post to highlight solutions to the issues I came across.
Collab currently requires MySQL for the backend. I do not believe MySQL is a hard ... read more
2013 was an incredible and fortunate year for me. The quick highlights:
Pelican is an open source static website generator. While Pelican is written in Python, you don't have to know much about that programming language to get started. In this post, I'll walk through the steps to getting your first Pelican website up and running, including a deployment to GitHub Pages for hosting.
A quick note before we dive ... read more
Every non-trivial modern Django project combines externally hosted third party services with custom code to create a complete web application. The art of discovering, evaluating, integrating, and maintaining these third party services is an important capability for any post-entry-level Django developer. I'm writing these posts as a framework ... read more
Every non-trivial modern Django project combines externally hosted third party services with custom code to create a complete web application.
I'm a huge believer in the power of results that accumulate by working on something every single day. This idea obviously isn't new. Nathan Barry's new book Authority is one of the most recent examples that explains the power of writing each day.
My favorite ... read more
Lately I've consulted for several clients where I was asked to drop into an existing large Django project code base to triage issues and build enhancements. Working on an established code base is common whether you're a new developer on a team or like me working on consulting projects.
There are many attributes of an existing project: ... read more
One of my clients was interviewing web developers and asked me about how I go about performing technical interviews. I have interviewed 15 developers of all experience levels for Excella Consulting in the past year. My style and questions are still developing. This morning when I ... read more
In two weeks I get on the road to begin my primary 2013 project: Coding Across America. This is a large undertaking. I travel for five months from March until August to thirty cities across the United States.
I am going to be developing software for my existing ... read more
Ever since I was a little kid I knew that I wanted to develop software. From what I hear that clarity of purpose is rare. It wasn't until college that I really felt I "got serious" about constantly improving on what I know. That learning has accelerated in the past few years since I finished my second Master's. 2012 has been a very ... read more
I am often asked by friends and colleagues that are not currently developers how they should go about learning Python. It's not an easy question - the answer is often highly dependent upon the individual's immediate technical aptitude. I do however believe anyone can learn how to program just as anyone can learn about history or business. The ... read more
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