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Playing with Django. “For content-heavy websites, Django is likely to require very little business logic, just a solid model and a well-designed set of views.” # 6th December 2005, 6:37 pm

Announcing’s U.S. Congress Votes Database. The Post’s first public Django application. # 5th December 2005, 10:21 pm

Have a webby Christmas

Sadly there’s no Perl Advent Calendar this year, but the slack has been picked up by Drew McLellan’s 24 ways to impress your friends—a neat web development tip every day until Christmas.

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Top 10 custom JavaScript functions of all time (via) My addLoadEvent() makes number 9 :) # 30th November 2005, 11:58 pm

Microformats at the University of Bath. Phil Wilson is quietly making the world better. # 30th November 2005, 12:05 pm

try ruby! (in your browser). An Ajax interactive Ruby prompt from Why the lucky stiff. # 29th November 2005, 12:19 am

PHP Developers Meeting Minutes (via) Detailed insight in to PHP 6. # 27th November 2005, 10:10 pm

Xooglers (via) Could become the of # 25th November 2005, 11:25 pm

Bee dogs! (via) “the premier online repository for pictures of dogs in bee costumes.” # 25th November 2005, 1:31 pm

Web_2.0.jpg. That’s that one sorted then. I like the inclusion of “beta”. # 24th November 2005, 11:17 am

Notes on public speaking

I’m pretty inexperienced as a public speaker, but somehow I landed two speaking gigs in as many weeks recently and learnt some useful lessons about presenting in the process.

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Simple iterator-based parsing (via) Beautifully elegant Python parsing trick # 23rd November 2005, 11:44 am So that’s what the input boxes in the nav are for. # 22nd November 2005, 8:04 pm

Zero-Day Exploit Targets IE (via) Remote code execution. No patch yet; disable Active Scripting instead. # 22nd November 2005, 6:24 am

The blooming of information architecture at Google. A discussion of the IA concepts embedded in Google Base. # 22nd November 2005, 5:56 am

eBay’s “fewer words” search. This is a neat discoverablity enhancement to search. # 22nd November 2005, 5:52 am

Spy cameras to spot drivers’ every move (via) Say goodbye to civil liberties in the UK. # 19th November 2005, 7:40 pm

Unicodification (via) How to handle unicode in Python web applications. # 18th November 2005, 4:10 pm

W3C Web APIs Working Group (via) A welcome addition. # 18th November 2005, 3:36 pm

Stop card sharp practice. Which? found that 21 per cent of people would give their account number to a caller claiming to be their bank or credit card company. # 18th November 2005, 2:03 pm

Snakes and Rubies event. Rails and Django event in Chicago on December 3rd. # 18th November 2005, 7:36 am

OSCON 2005 Keynote—Identity 2.0 (via) Great presentation, great presentation style. # 16th November 2005, 11:22 pm

urllib2: The Missing Manual (via) Stuff that really should be in the official documentation. # 16th November 2005, 10:32 pm

Live Sea Otter Cam (via) Devastatingly cute. Streaming Windows Media (works on my Mac). # 16th November 2005, 7:27 pm

Google Base is interesting

I’m still trying to get my head around Google Base. Here’s a brain-dump of my thinking so far. First, some links.

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Official Google Blog: First Base. With some cheesey testimonials. # 16th November 2005, 11:44 am

Google Base has launched. It’s fascinating. # 16th November 2005, 11:41 am