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Represent. Andrei Scheinkman and Derek Willis describe how they built the NYTimes Represent feature using GeoDjango and PostGIS. # 29th December 2008, 10:10 pm

pygooglechart. I tried a bunch of Python wrappers for Google Charts and liked this one best. # 22nd December 2008, 11:43 am

Represent and GeoDjango. The NYTimes new Represent application is built on GeoDjango. # 20th December 2008, 9:07 pm

How to install lxml python module on mac os 10.5 (leopard). Instructions that work! Finally, I can find out what all the fuss is about. # 15th December 2008, 12:05 am

On packaging. James Bennett discusses the problems with setuptools (and ruby gems), and recommends Ian Bicking’s pip as a setuptools replacement. # 14th December 2008, 4:57 pm

lxml: an underappreciated web scraping library. I just wish I could get the wretched thing to install on OS X Leopard without resorting to MacPorts. # 11th December 2008, 9:54 am

I don’t think that Python 3.0 is a bad thing. But that it’s displayed so prominently on the Python web site, without any kind of warning that it’s not going to work with 99% of the Python code out there, scares the hell out of me. People are going to download and install 3.0 by default, and nothing’s going to work. They’re going to complain, and many are going to simply walk away.

Christopher Lenz # 6th December 2008, 10 am

pyquery. “A jQuery-like library for Python”—implemented on top of lxml, providing jQuery style methods for manipulating an HTML or XML document. # 6th December 2008, 9:53 am

Python 3.0. “We are pleased to announce the release of Python 3.0 (final), a new production-ready release, on December 3rd, 2008.” # 4th December 2008, 12:38 pm

Django 1.0.2 released. An update to last week’s 1.0.1 release, which I failed to link to. 1.0.2 mainly fixes some packaging issues, while 1.0.1 contains “over two hundred fixes to the original Django 1.0 codebase”. The team are holding up the promise to move to a regular release cycle after 1.0. # 19th November 2008, 8:46 am

The new Lawrence.com. The world’s best local entertainment website, relaunched on Django 1.0 with an accompanying substantial redesign. # 18th November 2008, 2:25 pm

Secrets of the Django ORM. An undocumented (and unsupported) method of poking a Django QuerySet’s internal query to add group_by and having clauses to a SQL query. # 8th November 2008, 11:49 pm

Python gems of my own (via) Did you know you can pass 128 as a flag to Python’s re.compile() function to spit out a parse tree? I didn’t. re.compile(“pattern”, 128) # 3rd November 2008, 11:59 am

Beanstalkd / Python Basic Tutorial. How to get up and running quickly with my favourite light-weight queue server. If only it had persistence... # 20th October 2008, 11:40 pm

What’s New in Python 2.6 (via) Python 2.6 final has been released (the last 2.x version before 3.0). multiprocessing and simplejson (as json) are now in the standard library, any backwards compatible 3.0 features have been added and the official docs are now powered by Sphinx (used by Django 1.0 as well). There’s plenty more. # 2nd October 2008, 11:47 am

simplejson 2.0.1. Python’s simplejson JSON library got a whole lot faster while I wasn’t looking. # 1st October 2008, 10:55 pm

Reia. The most common complaint I see about Erlang is the syntax. Reia is a Python-style scripting language (with a dash of Ruby) that runs on the Erlang virtual machine. Looks promising. # 25th September 2008, 6:12 pm

Decorator to limit request rates to individual views. Neat piece of code for public facing web APIs written in Django. Update: some smart criticisms in the comments. # 24th September 2008, 1:13 pm

bpgsql. Barry Pederson’s pure Python PostgreSQL client library now ships with a Django backend. # 23rd September 2008, 11:42 am

RestView—a class for creating a view that dispatches based on request.method (via) I finally got around to writing up a simple approach I’ve been using for REST-style view functions in Django that dispatch based on request.method. # 21st September 2008, 8:47 pm

backup_to_s3.py. I wrote Yet Another S3 backup script today. It’s a thin wrapper about boto that doesn’t do anything particularly impressive, but it fits my brain. # 21st September 2008, 6:51 pm

Django version 1.1 roadmap. Django 1.1 is due out in March, but the deadline for feature proposals is November the 7th. # 20th September 2008, 7:17 pm

Django’s release process. Django is moving to time-based releases, with minor releases (new features but no backwards incompatible changes) approximately every six months. # 20th September 2008, 7:16 pm

DjangoCon and learning from Zope 2. Mark Ramm presented probably the most thought-provoking talk at DjangoCon. He’s started writing it up as a series of posts. # 17th September 2008, 11:25 pm

YouTube Playlist: DjangoCon 2008 Sessions. YouTube’s tag and search indexes appear to lag behind the main site by quite a while; this appears to be the definitive index page for videos of talks at DjangoCon. # 16th September 2008, 4:50 am

YouTube: djangocon tag. Google have started posting videos of presentations at DjangoCon on YouTube. # 16th September 2008, 2:43 am

DjangoCon and PyCon UK

September is a big month for conferences. DjangoCon was a weekend ago in Mountain View (forcing me to miss both d.Construct and BarCamp Brighton), PyCon UK was this weekend in Birmingham, I’m writing this from @media Ajax and BarCamp London 5 is coming up over another weekend at the end of this month. As always, I’ve been posting details of upcoming talks and notes and materials from previous ones on my talks page.

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