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E-Commerce and Django – Satchmo Alternatives

Is it just me or is there a serious dearth in eCommerce options for Django? Recently I have been searching for a decent e-commerce frameworkand naturally I was immediately drawn to what seems to be the ideal solution: Satchmo. Unfortunately Satchmo is a serious pain to install, not only that, it has nine (9!) seperate(…)

Django, Python and the sorry state of web services

So I’ve been working on creating web services in Python and particualrly in Django, and I’ve got to say – it’s a minefield. Not only is there a plethora of libraries to create SOAP-based services, but those libraries they are dependent on are out of date, not-supported anymore or insanely difficult to install on a(…)

JetstarMag.com – Django rocks the party, again…

I’d just like to announce our latest creation – a django website, designed by the very talented Andy Shaw and developed purely in python by yours truly: Jetstar Magazine. The site, in all it’s glory, is in fact two websites – the same application manages two seperate magazines, one for Asia and one for Australia,(…)

GPS, Python and Your Phone

A while back I threw together an experimental application – and keeping with the theme of GPS in the last post I thought I’d share another little gem which could prove a really cool feature in future apps. Below I’ve outlined some code you can use to extract the EXIF data from a digital camera(…)

Google Maps and Django

There is a great little python wrapper for the google maps API called pymaps – unfortunately every time I’ve had to implement it I’ve found that I’ve had to edit the wrapper to make it work properly (some of the generated JS doesn’t come out correctly – causing a failure in displaying the map with(…)

Google Bombing = Marketing?

I’ve noticed a disturbing trend in display advertising and movie trailers recently: more and more advertising has the phrase “Google <search term here>” as part fo their packet. Most recently was a trailer for the movie ‘2012’, which if you search for the term, will show a bunch of results for the olympics – however,(…)

Computing can be a wierd place…

Diamond film from tequila – cheap manufacturing for alternatives to silicon wafers: as much as this story is very ammusing it makes me conscious of the odd origins of computing and electronics… The intial turing machines (the forefathers of modern computing) came from applications in measuring the trajectory of artillery Packet switching networks were developed(…)

Awesome – Python RPC made easy…

Sometimes you find new tools that are just cool – and you have absolutely no use for,  but desperately want to use for something… today I saw just such a tool: RPyC – Remote procedure Calls with Python. The guys that put it together have put up a screencast to demo it’s functionality and it(…)

White Noise – The Future of Mobile

TechCrunch is reporting on Google & Co’s FCC approval of unlicensed use of the ‘white space’ spectrum left over from the digital switchover in the US, there’s a similar debate going on over her in the UK – which I sincerely hope will go the same way. Why? Because this could represent the unravelling of(…)

Yet another Django Site – CnbcEb.com

That’s right, we launched a new website yesterday – CNBC European Business, completely written in Django using MySQL. We did some cool things with this site, particularly: OpenCalais Integration (yes, again) – powers our recommendation system Some very nice MooTools effects A polling function using Google Charts API The Django Comments system Adobe InDesign XML-to-site(…)