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Going Responsive

I was somewhat skeptical of responsive design. Grids add some additional HTML which is essentially for layout and I thought responsive design generally relied on Javascript, but after transforming my own website I found things are getting better.

Let's start with what my website used to look like.

Previous design of my website where most section were surrounded by a border.

Boxy and segmented, it was built for a specific width and not on a grid. It looked alright on mobile because I used the meta viewport ...

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Go Open Data

What started as a brief conversation between myself and Michael Druker almost a year ago has come to life. On Saturday, May 11th people from Windsor to Ottawa are going to come together at the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy for GO Open Data, a one day conference.

GO Open Data Conference

The conference aims to bring together people from across Ontario and across the various interests related to open data to enjoy 8 talks, 2 panels, and ...

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Pjax vs JSON

At DjangoCon US 2012 I asked a question about performance after the BDFL keynote on Pjax. Asking about performance is never a good idea since it is never the most important thing. I was attempting to evaluate Pjax versus the plethora of Javascript based rendering that was being discussed.

A common idea was to use the same template language in Django as you use in Javascript. The Meteor keynote explained that just sharing a template ...

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Function Based Views Are My First Love

There is something special about your first love. It is possible be too attached and not embrace the new hotness of say Class Based View (CBV). But after having a fling and then dating CBV for a while, I now know that Function Based Views will always have a special place in my heart, and I hope in Django.

Let's look at a FBV:

def foo(request, arg, template="foo.html"):
    # Do something
    return ...
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DjangoCon and PyCon Canada

This fall I am venturing into the conference circuit starting with DjangoCon US in Washington DC, in September. I am definitely looking forward to seeing what it like to attend a major open source conference. I would also like to try to meet up with other Canadians making there way down to DjangoCon this year. Comment here or on find me on Twitter.

Then in November in Toronto an excellent group of Python developers are ...

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