Archive for category: Tools

Using Bower + Grunt in existing python projects

07 Jan
January 7, 2014

When I set out to integrate Bower and Grunt into our current Python projects I wasn’t looking to upset the balance, but instead improve the process for front-end development. Integrating these tools allows us to lighten our repository by moving third party dependencies to Bower, along with giving us easier access to build tools like Require.js and Sass. Ultimately these tools give us the ability to deploy optimized assets without the need to check them into git and manage changes to built files across branches. Read more →

Why the best tool for the job isn’t always the right tool for the job

09 Nov
November 9, 2012

We started our #hackaway with some lofty goals for hearquotes. I spent the day working with the team focused on developing the web application, and learned a lot in that 24 hours about javascript, web applications, my coworkers, and myself.

Early in the day, I made the decision to use Backbone to drive the web application. I knew that Ron, the other front end dev working with me, had some experience with Backbone, and I had been tinkering with it in a side project. There has been a really steep learning curve for me with backbone, and I still didn’t feel completely comfortable it, but felt like it was the best tool for the job. Plus, this was meant to be a day for learning, stepping out of my comfort zone, and working with a technology that I wasn’t necessarily familiar with, so I thought, “Let’s go for it.”

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EBG-13 naq lbh. (ROT-13 and you.)

10 Oct
October 10, 2012

So recently we’ve been working on encryption issues; implementing secure encryption between Java on a mobile device and Python on the server. Nothing too difficult, though it can be tedious making sure all the proverbial t’s are dotted and i’s are crossed. During a recent stand-up meeting I joked that if we needed to meet an upcoming deadline, I could implement an implementation of ROT-13 encryption pretty quickly, which would work for appearances sake.

Rather than the round of hearty laughter I was expecting at my witty retort (they are called stand-up meetings for a reason, yes?) I was met with confusion. People didn’t know what ROT-13 was! This made me feel sad, and old. (That, or they didn’t think my joke was funny, which seems rather unlikely.) In order to rectify this situation, here’s a short rundown of ROT-13. Read more →

Easy Python SOAP with SUDS, with a few Date/Time gotchas.

27 Sep
September 27, 2012

suds duckIn the world of web services, SOAP is a bit like the quip about the old Holy Roman Empire. It’s neither Simple nor an Object nor a Protocol (talk amongst yourselves). Actually though, the main thing is that it’s not all that simple. It’s just a teensy bit verbose and over-engineered for most uses. So in order to consume a partner’s SOAP web service with a minimum of overhead and teeth-gnashing, we use a very lightweight SOAP client called “suds”. In addition to its too-precious name, the other benefit of suds is that it is simple. To connect to a web service, you just do the following:

from suds.client import Client
url = 'http://localhost:3000/webservices/WebServiceTestThing?wsdl'
client = Client(url)

And you have a connection to the web service. It’s just that easy™. Read more →

Integrated Database Development with SQL Developer

25 Sep
September 25, 2012

SQL Developer is a free integrated development environment from Oracle.

Out of the box SQL Developer connects to Oracle databases. With a few clicks, and downloading of a jar files, SQL Developer can connect to MySQL,  Mircrosoft SQL Server, Sybase, Cloudscape, DB2, Firebird, Informix , PostgreSQL, and others. Read more →

Viewing Differences Between Images with Github

31 Aug
August 31, 2012

GitHub is great for coding and development work, but what about design work? For designers who aren’t yet sold on the idea of using GitHub for version controlling projects, I’d recommend checking out this tool that helps point out differences between versions of images. Read their post on the feature (revealed over a year ago) for a full overview, and check out the Demo to see it in action.

Showing before and after of changes in an image

Swipe Mode

Be sure to try out “Swipe” mode, which is my favorite. What a great way to see small differences between versions of illustrations/photos/logos/buttons when collaborating with others!

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