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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 ...

Haystack with Solr: Indexing Tips

January 22, 2015

I was troubleshooting an issue a couple of weeks ago with some of our Django views taking too long to return a response. The issue was due to post_save and post_delete signals making a request to Solr to update the index with the 'commit' parameter set to 'true' (Haystack default). This basically tells Solr to do the indexing right away (hard commit) and it was taking a few seconds to finish.

Below are some tips ...

Adding basic search to your Django site

January 17, 2015

While most people probably find content on your site through Google, it might still be a good idea to just add a basic search functionality to it. You can control which fields to search, how your results are displayed, and your readers won't have to leave your site. You may also have content that is not yet public that you want to be able to search, such as unpublished articles or blog posts.

For ...

Adding responsive tables (no scrollbars) to your Django app with DataTables

January 13, 2015

It had been over year since I last looked at DataTables, a jQuery table plugin for creating tables with advanced features. I used it for my Django app, GlucoseTracker, and it worked great. But one thing that was bothering me was it wasn't responsive. It was the only element in my app that wasn't responsive and looked horrible when viewing on a phone in portrait mode.

Over the weekend I decided to check ...

EZ Price Alerts: A Django app for tracking Amazon prices

December 28, 2014

EZ Price Alerts

A friend and I started working on this project a few weeks ago as we were talking about the holidays and how useful it would be to build an app to track prices of products on We know Amazon is very competitive with their pricing and their prices for certain products could change many times a day to match competitors'. Having an app to send you alerts when a product reaches your desired ...