Migrating to Acrylamid

In the last year several people I know or follow have switched to a static weblog. I was in the middle if a redesign myself and thought it was a great opportunity to investigate the concept. The result: I replaced Django with Acrylamid for this site.

Migrating django.contrib.comments to Disqus

As of today I am using Disqus for comments on this site. This meant that I had to migrate the old comments (which used django.contrib.comments) to Disqus. Here’s a short description of how I did this.

Whiskers and buildout.sendpickedversions

Last year I participated in a deployment knowledge sharing session and I started implementing changes at my company pretty soon after. The result is that we are using Puppet for some parts of our server configuration. We also added Munin to our monitoring toolset (and I used Puppet to deploy Munin and manage its configuration). But an important piece that was still missing in our setup was an overview of which packages we use in the buildouts of our clients and more specifically which version each client uses.

Thoughts on mobile development

For years web development was quite predictable. The resolution of the average screen slowly but steadily increased, bandwidth became less of an issue and everything was good. Then smartphones became mainstream. Suddenly we have to make sure our websites are also accessible on small screens. And bandwidth may also be limited to a few kilobytes per second. In other words: new challenges. But how are we responding to them?

Using a jQuery plugin in Django admin and getting a “$().foo is not a function” or “Object ... has no method foo” error?

Are you using a jQuery plugin, for instance jQuery UI, to spice up the Django admin site? Then you might get either an error like “foo is not a function” (Firebug) or “Object … has no method foo” (Chrome Developer Tools). Confused because foo should be defined in the plugin? Don’t worry, the solution is simple.