Saturday, February 16, 2013

Practicing Django and TDD

I'm learning to use the Django framework.

Since my experience so far has been mostly with physical simulations and desktop applications, learning Django is quite a challenge to me. Let's say it's out of my confort zone... Besides, I'd like not only to learn Django but also to use good development practices while I'm at it.

At the moment, I'm following Harry Percival's Test-Driven Django Tutorial.
I'm also refactoring the code to get rid of fixtures using the FactoryBoy app.

You can find what I've done so far in this repository: PracticingDjangoTDD
I've tried to commit in small steps and added links to some materials and blog posts that helped me to understand both what Harry Percival did and to refactor the code.

Feedback and orientation to improve is more than welcome.
Finally, I'd like to thank Harry for sharing this great tutorial.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Interesting Talk: "Django forms in a web API world"

I've just watched this interesting talk by Tareque Hossain:
He presents the django-remote-forms and django-remote-admin projects.
The slides are not shown in the video, but you can follow them (they are here) while you listen to the talk.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Interesting Talk: "Django's architecture - the good, the bad, and the ugly"

I've just watched this interesting talk about Django's architecture by Andrew Godwin:
Andrew Godwin is a Django core developer and the creator of the great South, "a Django application to provide schema and data migrations".
In this talk, he gives a good overview of Django's architecture and his opinion about which are the good, bad and ugly parts of Django.

Interesting Talk: "Django: Web Development for Perfectionists with Deadlines"

I've just watched this interesting talk about Django by Jacob Kaplan-Moss:
No doubt, this talk is out of date now. Django has evolved a lot since 2006, but I think it's good to understand the needs that originated the development of Django in the first place.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Articles and Posts read


Learning and software craftsmanship
Passing out the final exam on day one
Arquillian Invasion!
Books on Software Design
How to become IT Talent
Top down, bottom up
Callbacks considered a smell
Just build things
Behavioral Economics and Code
The Wrong Notion of Time
Why Ruby Class Methods Resist Refactoring
Tips for learning regular expressions
The Mind-killer
Always TDD, Except When You Shouldn't
Technical Debt – when do you have to pay it off?
Patterns as a source of freedom
Be a driver not a passenger

Agile and Lean
Deadlines Kill

C++ benchmark – std::vector VS std::list
C++ benchmark – std::vector VS std::list VS std::deque

Learning JavaScript – Up to Speed in No Time

Three new Python books

Entrepreneurship and Management
Infografía: Los sueldos de los ingenieros de software en Silicon Valley
Free Apps – How to Make Money Giving Apps Away
Don’t Pay to Train an App Developer
How Much Does It Cost to Develop a Mobile App?
Getting People to Throw Money At You
Convirtiendo un país en líder mundial en innovación y creación de startups

Software Development in Spain
Lo que no deberíais hacer si redactáis requisitos. Caso práctico: el pliego de la web del senado
11 things we learned (part 1)
11 things we learned (part 2)

Spain and Europe
El 27% de los españoles estaban en riesgo de pobreza o exclusión social en 2011
El Gasto No Financiero de las Comunidades Autónomas disminuye un 5%