Getting Started With HTTPie To Interact With APIs

HTTPie is an HTTP client and an alternative to the famous cURL. Its goal is to make it easy to interact with HTTP servers, using a simple and natural syntax. This post will show how to quickly start using those benefits to test APIs.

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Manage Your Python Virtual Environments With Pyenv

Virtualenv is the tool for creating a Python virtual environment, a folder on your computer system that embarks its own copy of the Python interpreter and the site-packages subfolder where the code for the installed third-party modules is placed.

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Use Multiple Python Versions And Environments With Pyenv

When using different Python-based tools, frameworks or applications, you need to install all the corresponding compatible versions of Python and easily switch between them. Assuming, you are running on Linux, you will enjoy using pyenv. It is one popular tool to manage several versions of Python, and even environments dedicated to projects.

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6 Techniques I Learned To Use While Working More With Python

These last months, I learned more about many Python features and how to write Pythonic code that really uses those features. That happened naturally. I wanted to get better at programming with Python for my projects, and I started watching Pycon talks on a daily basis or reading the documentation and online resources. Also, in current projects, I am mostly using Python 3.

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Business Process Management With LogicGate

I have been investigating enterprise business solutions recently, specially those providing a nice user experience while allowing a developer to create extensions or do integration with other systems via an API. One such interesting application I found is LogicGate.

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Command-line interface tools for productive work

Working on a Mac OS X or Linux system really helps your productivity. Basically you just do the stuff you are supposed to do, without being distracted by a graphical interface showing you several options to choose from, at each click or navigation step. That's the point of using Command-Line Interface tools.

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Using Github Pages with Jekyll

For this article, I am assuming you already have Jekyll installed, with a project set up on your local machine to generate your static site's HTML files under your build directory of choice.

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New year, new version of the site

I focused during the last days of 2015 and the first days of 2016 to relaunch several things in the universe of my regular discipline and projects.

Start using a website monitoring service

Monitoring is important these days, to help you improve the response time of your web apps, and give you insights on how they are used. Subscription-based services lower the barrier of entry by not requiring you to install and manage your own monitoring infrastructure. And they are generally free for developers.

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An online course on building static web apps

Coming from the CMS world, when I came across the static website paradigm years ago, it was too simple, and as is often the case, I did not take it seriously. It did not fit in my mindset at that time.

Reboot of my Plone activities

The first months of this year have seen more activities on the Plone front in my realm, and there are signs of a regain of energy for future work and collaborations. Let me share some information here.

Lightweight CSS frameworks to choose from

UI Frameworks make it easier for front-end developers to build and maintain complex CSS for websites and applications. Nowadays, we have new needs and trends such as Responsiveness and Google's Material Design, so there are new frameworks coming to help.

Hosting your static app on Divshot - Part 3

In this series, I tried to give you an idea of using new tools and platforms such as Divshot for static sites hosting. I almost procrastinated, but finally kicked myself to deliver this third part, where I quickly present other cool services Divshot provides to make our hosting tasks easy.

Hosting your static app on Divshot - Part 2

Part 1 of this series introduced static apps deployment using the DivShot hosting service. In this 2nd article, let's see how to go further with automated continuous deployments. The solution I've decided to use for this is Wercker, combined with Github and DivShot. As an alternative to Wercker, one could choose Travis CI, though I've not tested it yet.

How I follow Plone 5 development

The Plone developers have been working hard over the last years to build the next major release of Plone. It's now around the corner, and it's going to shine in CMS land. The first thing I am doing is testing its features for the end user, and since I am impatient, I use the core developers buildout and try to keep up with the development builds.

Hosting your static app on Divshot - Part 1

Divshot is a specialized hosting service for modern apps, in particular apps developped the static way, and I decided to use it for all my current projects that fit this category. Check out their list of features here.

Getting Jekyll installed on OS X

Here is how I install Jekyll on my Mac, which should be mostly applicable to a Linux box. Jekyll is currently available in version 2.5.2, but I also previously tested this procedure for 2.4.0.

How to upgrade an old Plone site

I have migrated several sites from Plone 4.1 to Plone 4.3.3 this week. I am in the fortunate position where I help maintain many Plone sites, most of them being more than 6 years old. Fortunate because it helps learn a lot, over the years, on the good and the bad in terms of content management practices.

Why not simplify?

I work on projects using Plone, and I love working with its framework. I just worked an hour for my current project, and once again I enjoyed the fact that I can write stuff in a clean way. I can expose logic or behavior where and how I want it, using interfaces and components mechanisms provided by Zope libraries under the hood. It's got even better now that we have an elegant API.

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Simplicity, consistency, and getting out of the way

There are many new methods for deploying web applications in a predictable way, fast, and while having fun. You might forget about system administration, database administion tasks, security updates, etc, if you get used to this.

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Need help for your project?

I can contribute to your project, working on a specific task, or doing all the coding based on your specifications using a web framework / CMS.