Trying out Django

Having Ruby on Rails pounded into me for 5 straight days (it seemed to be a theme of OSCON) caused me to try out Django tonight.

I've only finished the 2nd tutorial but it's pretty impressive what's in there. The only thing that seems a little wierd is that you …

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Gems from OSCON

I'm going through my OSCON notes and compiling my notes and a list of interesting websites. The websites will be found here (using my oscon2005 delicious tag):

Yaml

This is the markup language that the Ruby on Rails is using (rather than xml). There are bindings for various languages. The …

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Trip back from OSCON (Rob Kaye's crazy hair)

I'm back from OSCON and had a great time. It was fun to meet and talk with so many interesting people. One of the most interesting I met after the conference en route home.

While in the airport standing in the queue to get on the plane Rob Kaye was …

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2005 OSCON Ruby on Rails Presentation

I'm up at OSCON and have attended 4 sessions in the past two days. My favorite so far was the Rails talk.

David Hainemeier Hansson (the creator of Rails) did a great job presenting, and I was very impressed by the framework he has implemented. The main gist of Rails …

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Testing - an afterthought for opensource?

From my experience commercial testing of software consists of manual qa (grunt labor). Little is automated. I personally feel that even with a slight investment by developers to create unit tests, that effort would pay off later (especially in the crunch time before a big release where fixing a bug …

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ICFP followup

I guess I should followup to the ICFP programming competition which held the second and final phase a little over a week ago. The gist of the competition this year was that you implement a project in 3 days, then two weeks later the specs change and you are given …

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Preaching to the choir

I guess that's one of the benefits of the "long tail" of blogging. I can get on my soapbox and speak directly to my audience. I know what to say and how to tweak their buttons. Most of my family and friends stay pretty far away from my blog since …

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