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Getting featured on the Shopify App Store

October 16, 2017

Slacky by Highview Apps featured on the Shopify App Store

A couple of months ago, one of our Shopify apps, Slacky (Shopify integration with Slack, currently free), was featured on the main banner of the Shopify App Store.

Our app was featured there for about 10 days, which really boosted the installs for our app. As of this writing, Slacky now has over 560 active installs. We're actually at a point now of thinking about offering a paid, premium version of the app as ...

How to add full-text search to your Django app (with a PostgreSQL backend)

September 25, 2017

In Django 1.10, the django.contrib.postgres.search module was added to make it really easy to use PostgreSQL's full text search engine with a Django app.

I currently use it for this blog, Remote Python's job and developer search, and our knowledge base for Highview Apps. I'm really impressed with how good the search is and how little code is needed to get it working. Unless you have huge amounts ...

How to figure out your month-over-month revenue growth with an SQL query (PostgreSQL)

September 10, 2017

These last couple of days, I've been working on a dashboard for one of our Shopify apps so we can get a quick overview of how our app is doing revenue-wise.

One of the metrics we'd like to be able to see instantly is the month-over-month revenue growth rate. For a subscription-based SaaS (software as a service) product, this is a very important metric to track as it tells you if your business ...

Retry decorator for Python 3

September 1, 2017

When your app relies on making API calls to external resources, you should expect that there will be network issues from time to time and you should prepare for them.

While these will be rare relative to the number of requests you're making, handling them early on could really save you a lot of headache in the future as your app usage grows. Many of these things can be easily handled with a simple ...