Category Archives: toolbox

toolbox: breve for xml generation in python

Every once in a while, I head over the cheeseshop and just scroll down. It’s really nice to see so many cool things. Today, I caught Breve, which is evidently inspired by Stan. The guy that wrote it wrote a Turbogears plugin to support stan, and seems very familiar with it, which drove him to […]

tools: atom and atompub

I just had a realization that I’ve been trying to invent ATOM and the Atom Publishing Protocol. I’ve been pining for web services, and a standardized way for representing resources and URI publishing patterns. I wanted it to work with storage engines of my choosing (eg, mercurial) so that I could use my favorite tools […]

toolbox: Give Yourself a URI with Hcard

Summary Use to describe yourself on a web page People are more important than computers. The “person” datatype, and implications for Search Presenting Hcard Hello World Hcard Demystified Using an hcard on your web page helps search engines learn more about you, can help people find your site, improves the computing ecosystem, and makes it […]

toolbox: webdev unicorns: intro (0/4)

After years of using php for web development, my needs have changed, and I’ve decided to use python. I’ve been struggling to refill my toolbox with tools that suit my needs, and this post is the intro to a series of posts to capture my current findings in this search. There are five parts: intro […]

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: servers (2/4)

Servers This is kind of a big topic because several components are so interconnected. Exposing Code to the Web I like cherrypy’s approach of navigating an object hierarchy slightly better than django’s approach of evaluating a list of regular expressions. The problem, of course, is how to deal with URIs that are illegal python symbols, […]

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 […]

toolbox: webdev unicorns: conclusions (4/4)

Amid all the talk of web stacks, I’d like to take a step back to the Unix philosophy: do one small thing, do it well, make it pipeable and interoperable. I have a real need for separate, easily-understood coponents that are interoperable. They also need to perform well. Modern applications are getting so large, that […]