Looking for Gigs

I’ve given notice to Nonchalance of my departure as Director of Technology. You’re seeing this because I have to be a little self-promotional to get my next gig.

I am seeking contract gigs (2 weeks to 3 months probably part or full time)

Things I can do for you:

  • Line of business applications
    • Intranets
    • Integrations with third party software
    • eCommerce
    • Industrial Automation
    • Systems design to support operational efficiency
  • Application and Web development
  • Technical Architecture, Writing, Documentation
  • Embedded Hardware and Software
  • Rapid Prototyping (Physical or Digital products)
  • API Design
  • Help Determine engineering hiring needs and job descriptions

My specialties ...


Django Migration "gotcha"

The Model Class used by SomeModel = apps.get_model('some_app', 'SomeModel') is not the model class you wrote.

Consider this example.

    quantity = models.IntegerField()

    text = models.TextField()
    created = models.DateTimeField(auto_now_add=True)
    inventory = models.ForeignKey(Inventory, related_name="logs")

    def __unicode__(self):
        return self.text

We want to cache the last logentry as a field on Inventory. Don't ask why, we just do.

We'll change the model like this:

    quantity = models.IntegerField()
    last_log_entry = models.TextField()

    text = models.TextField()
    created = models.DateTimeField(auto_now_add=True)
    inventory = models.ForeignKey(Inventory, related_name ...


Dealing with Django form data for beginners.

I have a continual interest in finding the rough edges of learning Django. Some of the points of form and request handling have been coming up for me recently. What follows is an attempt at some explanation of the difference between request.POST or request.GET and form.cleaned_data of a valid Django Form.

There are two different ways to get the info that you're looking for.

request.POST[somekey] Where somekey is a string representing the associated html <input name="somekey" />.

There is also forms.cleaned_data[somekey] where somekey is the name of the attribute on the ...


Experimenting with Toga

I heard about Toga from twitter. Apparently it was introduced at PyConAU. I took an hour to whip up a small app that will let you touch buttons to launch fabric tasks.

None of them can take arguments, so it relies on defaults and a fully-stocked set of 'env' variables, but that's ok, this is just a silly hack to explore a new gui framework.

I'll say it's not exceptional in anything other than how easy it was to make the simple app work as advertised.

What I mean is, it seems to have a long way ...


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