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"Going Home"

Going "Home"

As of March 17, I'm leaving REDACTED, by my choice after just over a year. I'll be packing up the family & we're going to be moving (back) to Lawrence, KS ...

The WSGI War Wants YOU!

I Want You

This year, I'm starting a new competition for Python web developers called the WSGI War. I've been running the Django Dash for seven years now & have been frequently told that people wish there ...

Django Dash - Registration Soon! (And Sponsors Needed)

This year's Django Dash is coming up quick, so I wanted to announce some things as a reminder.

For those who aren't familiar with it, the Django Dash is a 48-hour programming competition ...

New Committers for Tastypie & Haystack

A couple months ago, I posted a blog entry asking for help with Tastypie & Haystack. I was burnt-out, facing lots of upheaval & frustrated by my inability to keep up with all the issues/PRs that ...

In Memory Of Malcolm

Last night, I received the news that Malcolm Tredinnick had passed away. I was at the hotel bar, concluding the first night of sprints at PyCon 2013. It took everything I had not to spontaneously ...

Committers Needed For Tastypie & Haystack

TL;DR I'm stepping back from Tastypie & Haystack soon and am looking for 3-7 people per project to step up & help take over.

Tastypie and Haystack have both grown far more than I ever ...

The Making Of The "Getting Started With Django" Music

For Kenneth Love's new "Getting Started With Django" series, I wrote an original song for the intro/outro. Not sure it's worth a long post, but I thought I'd write up a ...

So Long & Thanks For All The Fish

As of December 31st, 2012 (& barring something amazing), Toast Driven will be shutting down. We want to take the opportunity to thank all of our clients from over the almost two years for their patronage ...

DjangoCon 2012 Slides For "API Design Tips"

I gave a talk today at DjangoCon 2012 on API design tips. The goal was to help other programmers frame how they think about programming, especially in the code they share with others (commercially, open-source ...

Announcing Django Dash 2012

This year has been a busy one for Toast Driven, your Django Dash hosts. In addition to the pace Daniel keeps, I (Ben Spaulding), have joined Toast Driven. With all the goings-on we were unable ...

Please Welcome... Ben Spaulding

A Wild Sapulding Appears

Ben Spaulding will be joining Toast Driven in two weeks as our gentlemanly "Web Craftsman".

Designer by nature, Ben's been in the Django world for number of years, flexing his chops on a variety ...

Please Welcome... Nate Bunnyfield

The Bunnyfield In His Natural Habitat

Nate Bunnyfield will be joining Toast Driven next week as our illustrious "Maker of Many Things".

Though he's most recently a Rails expatriat, he's was in Python Land as of 1998 (Python hipster ...

Now Hiring: An Awesome Designeloper! (Updated)

Update (2012/05/14): Hiring for this position is now closed, as it has been filled.

Hm, is the correct term "designeloper"? "Devinger"? "Pixel-pushing, code-smashing, half-(wo)man/half monster"? Regardless, Toast Driven is now ...

Gevent, Long-Polling & You

A big focus lately (as far as web technology trends go) is the move to "real-time". "Real-time" is a loaded terms that can mean a lot of things to different people, but what is consistent ...

Haystack 1.2 Released

Haystack 1.2 was released yesterday (PyPI). It ships with n-gram (autocomplete) support for Solr & Whoosh, compatibility with Whoosh 1.8.X & a host of bugfixes. You can find more details on the mailing list ...

A Guide to Testing in Django #2

Viewable in Serbo-Croatian - Thanks to Vera Djuraskovic!

As part two in this series on testing in Django (part I if you missed it), we're going to continue expanding the test suite on the venerable ...

A Guide to Testing in Django

For many people, testing their Django applications is a mystery. They hear that they should be testing their code but often have no clue how to get started. And when they hit the testing docs ...

Transition

Spring is a time of change and I have a change of my own in store. I am sad & excited to announce that I'll be leaving Mediaphormedia & running Toast Driven as my full-time business ...

Redesign

Its been a couple years since I originally launched the Toast Driven site. In that time, it has fallen to the wayside as other projects became more important. So it was due for an overhaul ...

Better Local Settings

A common convention I've seen in the Django community is to place code like the following at the bottom of your settings file:


# ``settings.py``
# Lots of typical settings here.
# ... then ...

try:
    from local_settings ...

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