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Monday, 26th October 2009

I was thinking the other day how long it had been since I used the acronym "IRL" or the expanded phrase "In Real Life." It used to be the thing we'd say when we meant "not on the internet", and I'm glad that it has become gradually obsolete over the years, now that the internet is accepted as part of life.

Meg Pickard

# 9:59 pm / internet, irl, megpickard, slang

Django 1.2 planned features. The votes are in and the plan for Django 1.2 has taken shape - features are split in to high, medium and low priority. There's some really exciting stuff in there - outside of the things I've already talked about, I'm particularly excited about multidb, Model.objects.raw(SQL), the smarter {% if %} tag and class-based generic views.

# 10:38 am / classbasedviews, django, multidb, orm, python

Toiling in the data-mines: what data exploration feels like. Useful advice from Tom Armitage on the exploratory development approach required when starting to build a project against a large, complex dataset. Tips include making sure you have a REPL to hand and using tools like gRaphael to generate graphs against pretty much everything, since until you’ve seen their shape you won’t know if they are interesting or not.

# 9:34 am / berg, data, exploratoryprogramming, graphael, graphing, programming, repl, tom-armitage