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Upgrading to Ubuntu 16.04, Python 3.6, and Django 1.11

August 12, 2017

I've finally decided to perform major version upgrades of the main components of this blog: the operating system (Ubuntu), the programming language (Python), and the web framework (Django). Doing these upgrades to the latest LTS (long-term support) versions will future-proof the stack for at least the next 3 years.

One of the main reasons you'd want to do this is to get the latest security updates. It's hard to keep up with ...

Generating a signed URL for an Amazon S3 file using boto

April 9, 2017

I was refactoring some code for EZ Exporter, a data exporter app for Shopify, last week as our customer base has been growing pretty steadily these last few months. I figured it's time to do some optimization to make sure the app is ready for future growth.

One of the functionalities that we needed to optimize is how we handle manual downloads. Initially, I just made it very simple by returning the data as ...

Launching RemotePython.com: A job board and aggregator for remote Python jobs (and only remote Python jobs)

January 4, 2017

I recently launched RemotePython.com, a job board specifically for remote Python jobs. I aimed to release it on January 1 and was actually able to make it in time. There were a few minor last minute bugs I had to fix before the launch, but overall it went pretty well.

I started the project as I'm a freelance Python developer who can only work remotely due to my "digital nomad" lifestyle and constantly ...

RemotePython.com Progress Report

December 24, 2016

I started development of RemotePython.com, a job board/aggregator for finding remote Python jobs and developers, towards the end of November. Just almost a month later, I'm happy to announce that I'm about 90% done with the site. I've logged around 66 hours of development time so far.

The site is of course built with Python, using the Django web framework. I also made sure I took advantage of the latest ...

Display a message to your users while waiting for a file download with jQuery File Download

November 6, 2016

jQuery Filedownload EZ Exporter Shopify App

Our Shopify app, EZ Exporter, provides an option for users to download reports on demand from the app's main page. Since it could take some time to generate the report in the background depending on the data, we needed a way to let the user know that the task is currently in progress so they don't reload the page or do something else thinking that nothing is happening. We also wanted to block ...