by flipperpa on Aug. 23, 2018, 1:24 p.m.

We can learn an important lesson about open-source contributions from the early space program.

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by flipperpa on Aug. 3, 2018, 7:13 p.m.

We were lucky enough to host PGConf Philly 2018, the third year we've hosted the conference for PostgreSQL at The Wharton School. The event brought PostgreSQL enthusiasts from the east coast together for an afternoon of learning, sharing, and fun. Jim Mlodgenski started the event showing some trends in PostgreSQL growth; Philadelphia is the third largest local PG group, behind only New York and San Francisco. Yes, we're bigger than Chicago, Seattle, and Austin!

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by flipperpa on July 19, 2018, 6:32 p.m.

I've been helping run conferences for 15 wonderful years. It is time to step back.

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by flipperpa on May 7, 2018, 5:34 p.m.

Django offers support for SQL Server through the third-party database engine, django-pyodbc-azure. Here's an end-to-end set of instructions for the best practices for installing it in 2018.

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by flipperpa on March 1, 2018, 4:46 p.m.

Wagtail 2.0 has been released today, March 1st, 2018.

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by flipperpa on Jan. 5, 2018, 2:54 a.m.

Bootstrap 4 provides some wonderful classes to use with various types of embedded content. In this post, I'll show how to use Wagtail's embed package to choose which Bootstrap CSS class to use in Django templates.

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by flipperpa on Dec. 19, 2017, 2:50 p.m.

Here's a quick trick using the Python library pygments to enable pretty colors in your terminal when viewing source code. It detects which syntax highlighter to use by the file's extension.

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by flipperpa on June 30, 2015, 4:50 p.m.

There are many different methods of generating a PDF in Python (and therefore, Django), that I have been exploring over the past few days for a project. After looking through these, this one seems straightforward.

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by flipperpa on May 5, 2014, 12:04 a.m.

It was quite a beauty for its day. CDnow started off as a Telnet store, back in the days when people did not even consider the danger of sending your credit card details without encryption. When the CDnow web site was developed, there were not many mature web servers available, so the founders wrote their own in C, called "mserver" (or, Matt's server, after Matt Olim, co-founder). On top of C, Matt started a language called SDK (Site Development Kit), a scripting language tied to Oracle which did many things far ahead of its time.

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by flipperpa on May 23, 2012, 1:06 p.m.

I helped host the first Philadelphia Women in Technology Summit during Philly Tech Week 2012. Being the only man at a tech conference gave me enormous appreciation for women in tech, and the extra steep hills they have to climb.

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