It seems, at first, that C# doesn't have first-class classes. But ...
A brief and not necessarily totally accurate history of diff3
What if there were no functions?
(rather out of date)
I want to discuss some weirder things on this blog, but I think it'd be a good idea to start off with an overview of how to build a very simple HTML5- or Native App friendly architecture.
Getting data onto curmudgeonly devices
Bringing databases into the Blue-Green Deployment process by using CQRS and idempotent work queues.
Using CSS to make nice looking buttons for Native Apps (using PhantomJS)
A project to create mini robots for education purposes
I like the idea of ephemeral, immutable servers in light containers but what I really want is to put the entire state in a Git repo ...
Conferencing continues in 2017 ... LinuxConfAU, PyConAU and perhaps YOW
I was talking to $PERSON from $BIG_COMPANY the other day, and they happened to mention that around 80% of their CPU time was spent on serializing and deserializing data ...
Django REST Framework: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Presented at MelbDjango 0.9 on 6 Feb 2014
The ESP32's capacitive sensors, and how to use them from MicroPython
Mostly, getting stuff done fast in the web world requires doing things in parallel. However, every now and then you bump into a problem where this just doesn't work ...
Repeated substitutions are Turing Complete
Working on a graphical dataflow language for educational robotics.
Flobot gets a rewrite into MicroPython, a new hardware platform and a lot more discussion ...
a quick note for anyone trying to do FreeTDS through a tunnel or a firewall pinhole
FuPy is a port of MicroPython which runs inside an FPGA. I take a look at it and try to get my head around how to program for it ...
GCC 4.6 is slightly fussier about the order of its options than predecessors ...
Image a WWW using Cryptographic Hash URIs instead of URLs.
IoT Networks without IP? Madness. But ... maybe ...
Linuxconf 2016 was held in Geelong ...
I've been to LinuxConf before and I've been to Hobart before but this time I'm going to LinuxConf in Hobart, for the Open Hardware Miniconf
Talking MicroPython at LinuxConf in Sydney!
Why can't I just ping this widget?
Want to sprint on MicroPython?
Improving the out-of-box experience for MicroPython using WebUSB
I've been doing a lot of work on MicroPython ESP32 lately ...
some utility programs to copy and mount MicroPython filesystems from your computer
the only useful blog post comments I ever got before I turned them off forever
HTML5 Canvas reminds me of the good old days of the `APPLE ][` ... this article looks at how to do some interesting things with Canvas and numeric.js Splines.
Accidentally putting a foreign key between an InnoDB table and a MyISAM table results in an error "Cannot add or update a child row: a foreign key constraint fails"
This site is now on Github Pages.
This site is now created using Pelican and hosted on Amazon S3.
I was setting up Django using Gunicorn behind an Nginx proxy the other day, and hit this problem which took a while to find an answer for ... all Django would do was return `400 Bad Request`
Improving on the design of the NodeMCU modules ...
Unicode? Too simple! Try Omnicode!
My presentations at OSDC 2014 on the Gold Coast!
OSDC 2015 "Talking with Leviathan: Interfacing Open Source to SAP"
So far in 2016 I've been to LinuxConf, PyConAU and Compose, and if it hadn't been the same weekend as PyCon I'd have gone to DDD as well. I've also been along to plenty of smaller meetups including MelbDjango and BuzzConf Nights. So why all this relentless conferencing?
So some ludicrous proportion of SQL these days is generated by one ORM or another. And all the cool kids have decided to move on to the next thing anyway. So that got me thinking ... when we talk to an SQL database through an ORM, we're turning a bunch of operations on objects into a human readable query language, then turning that back into a query plan. *Why?*
Are programs really text files?
PyCon 2016 in Melbourne ...
I headed to PyCon 2018 in Sydney for lots of Pythonic goodness, and then back home for Compose Melbourne, a newish FP conference.
A build log for the "Rocket Surgery" project at BuzzConf 2017
A vulnerability in 'bash', popularly called 'ShellShock' has been all over the news this week. I've spent a lot of time talking to clients about it over the last couple of days, and checking up on systems, so I thought I'd write some of those conclusions down.
The great EBS Outage of 2011
Distributed Disruption of Surveillance ...
A (somewhat sketchy) connector between HTTP and postgres stored procedures ...
A couple of people have mentioned that while they like the idea of offloading their site to a CDN, they're not ready to have their site look like some relic from 1999 ...
The current storm in a teacup seems to be about static vs. dynamic website design. As usual, this is a False Dichotomy ... actually, there's a whole range of options to explore.
PyCon 2017 in Melbourne!
I presented at the MelbDjango user group on 11 July 2013, here's the slides and some quick scribblings re: the content of my talk, and the feedback from the Djangonauts present.
Trying to better understand the problems of the IoT by actually listening to its detractors.
I did roughly the same talk again for IoT Aus
Tranquil is a protocol framework which is designed to be very simple and very extensible.
A short rant about a common beginner's mistake in dynamic languages
Apple uses a signing mechanism for in app purchases, but its behaviour is a bit weird. This post outlines how to confirm the validity of Apple's receipts in Python.
Editing an AST in the browser
What if you could have a rich web frontend without developing one?
IP-layer load balancing without an actual load balancer, by abusing (well, extending) ARP.
a very old article indeed!