Programming problems and a method for solving them

Programming problems and a method for solving them

Jun 18

One of the things I’ve noticed about junior programmers is that they often feel overwhelmed by the programming problems thrown at them. This could very well be a situation of my own making I suppose, since I’m a big fan of throwing junior programmers into the deep end. Admittedly, it may, possibly, not always be the best way to learn for everybody but I’ve watched many beginners...

Python, it speaks to me. Seriously.

Python, it speaks to me. Seriously.

Jan 13

I have some serious writers block this evening. It’s been a long, hard day, it’s late and I can’t think of anything to write about (or can’t think, period), so here’s some cool Python edutainmusement(tm): The Zen Of Python, by Tim Peters From the python command line: >>>import this Beautiful is better than ugly. Explicit is better than implicit. Simple is...

Python, PHP and climbing cognition hill

Python, PHP and climbing cognition hill

Jan 11

While sitting this evening and trying to come up with something amusing to write about, it occurred to me that I would dearly like to write something reasonably interesting about Python, Django and programming. I’ve done posts about the combination before, right in the beginning when I was just coming to grips with MVC, Active Record and Django and was frustrated as all hell with...

So you want to replicate a Postgres database?

So you want to replicate a Postgres database?

Dec 30

I spent some time recently looking at replicating a live, busy Postgres database to another box as part of a disaster recovery plan. From the outset I thought it was either going to be pretty simple or pretty complicated. It ended up being neither. A bit of background. I’ve spent nigh on 11 years working with MySQL and have never really *needed* to work with another database system (except...