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Generic Filter/Sort Tables for Django?

So this came up (again). Users want to be able to look at a (largish) set of records in Django (millions of records) and do the following:

  • click columns to sort by field values (with indication of sort direction, of course)
  • filter by column values (include, exclude, greater-equal, less-equal); that is, they want to click ...

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Compress your JS/CSS in Django

Finally integrated webassets (django_assets) into our build process. Very nice interface (using the template-only approach). And other than a few issues with our pyc-only deployments, it pretty much "just worked" once I realized that adding the staticfile-finder for the development server is a critical requirement.

The changes to your settings look like this:

# use ...

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Lazy Caching Proxy Results in Nginx

If you are using nginx as your front-end server for Django, you can also use it as a proxy cache (for smaller websites). You configure the cache like so:

proxy_cache_key "$scheme://$host$request_uri";
proxy_cache_path  /var/blog/cache  levels=1:2  keys_zone=blogcache:120m;
proxy_temp_path   /var/blog/proxy;
proxy_cache_valid 200 302  5m;
proxy_cache_valid 404      1m;
proxy_cache_use_stale updating;
proxy_cache_bypass $cookie_sessionid;
proxy_no_cache $cookie_sessionid;

The proxy_no_cache and proxy_cache_bypass lines ...

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