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DRY Django URLs with Enums

DRY code is good code. Using named URL patterns in Django has always bothered me for the fact that if you decide to change the name of a particular URL you have to change it throughout your code in all of your {% url %} template tags or reverse function calls. There must be a better way ...

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Tightening Up Python

I’ve heard complaints from certain developers that Python is too “scruffy”, and while it’s true that Python’s low barrier to entry allows new coders to quickly write code that runs, but because of its lack of type checking the results at run time might be unexpected causing errors to be revealed too ...

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Building Debian Packages with Python (UPDS Part I.V)

I use DPKGs for all my deployments, and have tried a number of tools to build them. None have been perfect though, so what’s the best solution? Build my own, of course! TL;DR: I wrote a native Python (OS-independent) package to build Debian Packages: deb‑constrictor.

Alternatives

I’ve tried a few ways ...

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Fixing Adsense Not Displaying (In Wordpress)

Recently a client was having issues with Adsense units not displaying on their WordPress blog. All the usual troubleshooting steps didn’t reveal anything, and the problem was made even more confusing by the fact that ads would display in the sidebar, while the exact same ad unit in the content section wouldn’t show ...

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My Favourite WWDC 2015 Talks

WWDC 2015 was last week, and once again was jam-packed with awesome talks. Below are some of my favourite. While all of them are iOS/OS X/Swift focused, I generally prefer videos that present concepts as well as code, so you can learn something even if you’re not in that ecosystem, and hopefully apply ...

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