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Using Amazon SQS with Django and Celery

August 31, 2015

I'm currently working on a new Django project which relies heavily on Celery. I normally use RabbitMQ for these kinds of projects but I decided to give Amazon SQS a try this time as it's very cheap and will simplify my setup.

While the Celery docs does a pretty good job explaining how to set it up, there were a few things that it didn't cover that I'm sure other devs ...

Using ipdb with Docker Compose for interactive debugging

May 30, 2015

Back in the early days of Docker Compose, when it was still called Fig, you couldn't use ipdb with it to do interactive debugging because the container's service ports weren't exposed when using the run command. This has been fixed by including a ---service-ports option to the docker-compose run command.

Below is a sample usage for one of my Django projects, EZ Price Alerts.

In my detail view, I added import ipdb ...

Using Docker and Docker Compose for local Django development (replacing virtualenv)

April 30, 2015

Before Docker came along, virtualenv was pretty much the tool of choice for Python developers as it allows you to separate package dependencies for different applications you're working on without having to create separate virtual machines for each one. It worked very well for me.

However, there are still some annoying things the developers will have to deal with. Such things include having to install additional applications and services required by the project such ...

Django 1.8 Project Template

April 12, 2015

Yup, that's right, another Django project template!

I know there's a ton of these projects already on GitHub, but as I was in the process of rewriting an old Django project last week, I found out that Django 1.8 just came out. I figured this is a good opportunity to create another one I could use for future projects as I already have a few small ones in mind. Django 1.8 ...

Give your Django app more of a native mobile app feel with Chrome for Android's 'Add to Homescreen'

February 10, 2015

A user of one of my Django apps, GlucoseTracker, suggested this to me last week and I actually didn't even know this feature existed. I thought it was a really great idea and it turned out it can be done easily with about 3 lines of additional code:

# base.html

<!doctype html> 

      <!-- Enables 'Add to Homescreen' for Android -->
      <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width">
      <meta name ...