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Matt Makai, Python & Java web developer. Washington, D.C.-based Developer Evangelist for Twilio.

Author of Full Stack Python and Coding Across America.

I am @mattmakai on Twitter and makaimc on GitHub.


Full Stack Perspective Links

This post contains links and references that go along with a short talk I gave at MoDev about the "full stack" development trend.

Several blog posts were influential in the early formation of the term "full stack". Start by ... read more

Django Deployment Adventure Links

The following list is a collection of resources for Django deployments and scenarios like handling web security vulnerabilities, measuring user traction" with web analytics, improving web application performance with caching and managing incoming feature requests from users.

Many of these resources along with more detailed ... read more

Links for Solving Django's Top Enterprise Headaches

The following list is a collection of resources for solving many of the headaches that come with using a dynamically typed language like Python in the enterprise with Django as a commonly misunderstood web framework. These resources I found very helpful when I found them during my time consulting on numerous enterprise Django apps across ... read more

Links for Learning Web Fundamentals

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

Plushcap Python Package Blog Series

The first part of my multi-part series with a detailed walkthrough for building the Plushcap Python package for website ... read more

Hiring for U.S. Digital Services

The new U.S. Digital Services group has a difficult task ahead assembling a talented new software developers and designers team. Many of the best developers and ... read more

Favoring Hands On Walkthroughs

Tomorrow I'm giving a talk at EuroPython called Full Stack Python which is named after my Full Stack Python website. I'm stoked to give the talk. I would not have flown ... read more

Recent Writing

Recently I have been writing content on other places around the Web. Here's a quick summary of what I've been up to.

The majority of my work has been on Full Stack Python, which I update every day with new sections, resources and explanations for all layers of the ... read more

CFPB Collab MySQL Install Error

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

My 2013 Software Development Year in Review

2013 was an incredible and fortunate year for me. The quick highlights:

  • traveled the US for 5 months talking to tech startups and software developers
  • developed numerous client and open source software projects while traveling
  • wrote dozens of blog posts on Coding Across America and this ... read more

Getting Started With Pelican and GitHub Pages

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

Evaluating Third Party Services for Django Projects

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

Discovering Third Party Services for Django Projects

Every non-trivial modern Django project combines externally hosted third party services with custom code to create a complete web application.

For example:

  • Google Analytics for traffic and customer funnel analysis
  • Stripe, Dwolla, or PayPal for payment processing
  • Twilio for text message ... read more

One Additon Per Day

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

Checklist for Evaluating Existing Django Projects

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

Developer Interview Questions

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

Coding Across America

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

Getting to Plan B

Getting to Plan B by John Mullins and Randy Komisar is a book about transitioning from an initial idea, your "Plan A", to a ... read more

My 2012 Software Development Year in Review

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

The Startup Owner's Manual Strategy Guide

The Startup Owner's Manual Strategy Guide by Steve Blank and Bob Dorf describes the Customer Development methodology that can be used by ... read more

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