Category Archives: questions

questions: vim and wordpress interop

I like to edit text using vim. I’d like to use vim to work on my wordpress posts. I like using a textwidth of 78. However, if I leave the newlines in the source, wordpress interprets each one as a hard linebreak. If I don’t use a textwidth, it’s harder to navigate through my source. […]

len() calls to python strings

I’m pretty confused about the results I’m getting from a little python test involving len() on strings. Since strings are immutable, I was wondering what happens when len() is called, and what performance considerations I may need to keep in mind. I figure if it was immutable, calls to len() might get cached, and there […]

toolbox: webdev unicorns: templates (1/4)

Templating is an important way for multi-disciplined teams to work together on software projects. In addition, they serve as an important component for making applications loosely coupled and more easily understood. Templating Kid, the templating language isn’t working out for me very well. There are some basic things that I don’t understand how to do, […]

toolbox: webdev unicorns: components (3/4)

The web is a big place, and being a part of it increases the value of both the network your application interacts with and your application. This creates a need to interoperate with other applications on the web, the fulfillment of which actually helps create a better end-user experience. What this boils down to are […]

analysis: gmail and gchat

Why gmail and gchat together? tools for communication broadly tools for communicationg densely more eyeballs, more time spent on ads $$$ I’m sure most people are now aware that gmail’s interface includes not only mail, but a live chat system. Gchat is fully integrated into the email experience. I’ve been wondering why. I suppose one […]

bad microsoft technology

I don’t know about other people, but overall my experience with Microsoft technology has been a bad one. The api’s feel …just… gross. I much prefer the GTK api for my gui stuff. Anyway, this post is just to note that IE7 seems to have broken the rebar SendMessage() with the message RB_GETBKCOLOR. I had […]

questions: amara and python

I’m a recovering PHP fiend so please forgive me if this is incredibly simple. One big reason I’m switching to python is all of the wonderful tools for manipulating XML. For example, the amara xml toolkit is exactly what I’ve been looking for. It’s really really nice. I’ve been toying around, and I was able […]

open questions for web api publishers

I think web style software is still a kind of a new thing. People are starting to get it, but where are the tools to facilitate its development? So, here is a list of questions open for any web api publisher to answer. This includes publishers like amazon,, delicious, google, upcoming, technorati… the list […]