Archives June 2006

PyGTA Review of web frameworks part 2 this Tuesday... (We will, we will... frame you!)


Coming up on the 4th Tuesday of the month again. We'll be continuing our review of web frameworks from last month, so if you have a particular framework you've used and can review (critically) come on down and share your opinations.

As usual we'll be at our generous venue Linux Caffe, who ...

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Once you have a schema generator you get lazy (Stalled on TurboGears, sort-of...)


Hasn't been a stellar day for productivity today. The flip side of frameworks is that when something goes wrong you have to do a lot more work (in someone else's code) to fix it. The bug I hit is a fairly minor one, the SQL generator for the TurboGears model is "forgetting" a ...

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My first day with TurboGears (So far so good...)


Decided today was the day to learn TurboGears, so I sat down and started working out a model for the BetterBilling project. This is basically a generic provisioning system for ISPs or VoIP providers that I'm wanting to build.

The version I'm looking at right now is less generic than the envisioned one ...

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Great way to spend a night (Coffee and cheesecake and hours of conversation...)


Out to coffee to get to know a new friend better. One of those great conversations that refuses to die, even though you both know you should get going if you're going to be up in the morning.

One-on-one conversations really are so much deeper than the big-group ones. I like the big-group ones ...

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Getting out of the house is a good thing (Only takes 20 minutes or so to pay for the food...)


Pleasant day in my corner under a plant at Linux Caffe. 7-1/4 hours here, with 6-1/4 hours billable. It's good not to have any temptation to lie down when you're tired/sore. It's also nice having half a dozen different types of drinks available and good food and pleasant conversations ...

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You pay for it the next day (Good day may equal poor week...)


Didn't get much past 4 hours yesterday due to hand troubles. Oh well. 4.25 hours is okay, it's just not ideal. Today (if I ever get my posterior in gear) I'm planning to walk down to Linux Caffe and work from there. Mostly I figure I need the exercise.

Good utilisation rate for the day (Not big-company good, but pretty good for someone working by themselves...)


Sacha was mentioning that a certain large corporation's consultants aim for something like 92% utilisation (I may have the number slightly wrong, but it was in that area), that is, in an 8 hour day they want 7 hours and 22 minutes of that billable.

I would think at that point you have to ...

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The Wise Councilor (55-word flash-fiction)


Planning the rise to power the wise councilor had needed a figurehead. Better to be the power behind the throne. Kneeling, watching the King sign his death warrant, he questioned his wisdom. Did a not-quite-so-wise councilor really need a figurehead? If only he had not been quite so wise so long ago.

Garam Masala heals all frustrations (Mmm curried veggies over hot-and-sour rice...)


I'm feeling much better now. Turns out I was famished, just dove into working this morning and didn't wind up eating anything (though I did have an iced tea). I was going to make a basil stir-fry, but the basil had gone feral (dangerous stuff that feral basil).

So I went for the ...

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Hardware makes for very frustrating days (Maybe it's the "mushy" feeling?)


We've been stalled on a (trivial) deployment issue for the configs on the VoIP hardware since launching a week ago. Can't for love or money get the stupid things to update automatically. Spent the whole day trying to coax them into doing the update (and eventually just laying out the pathology in the ...

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