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A while ago I started to think: if I were to build a brand new web app plus back end today, what would I use for the back end, and how would the client talk to it? So far my API's have been very standard REST affairs: endpoints per model that get/save...

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A while ago I decided to get an Android smartphone. Sounds like a very simple decision right, but as somewhat of an Apple fanboy for many years, I kind of shocked myself with this decision. It all started with my desire to buy a smartwatch, and the...

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Email is a huge part of my my life and I need a client that accommodates my ways and habits. It needs to be fast and user friendly. It needs to support multiple email accounts. And it needs to offer proper Google Mail support: archiving email by...

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I have well over 35 GB of pictures, and after almost losing my hard drive (it started to behave very strangely but I was able to salvage all the pictures) I realised that I need to back them up in the cloud. I do usually share my best ones on...

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All of a sudden it seems there's a big effort to create debugging tools for iOS developers. Some are free, they all have different features… Time for a comparison. PonyDebugger “Remote network and data debugging for your native iOS app using Chrome...

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I've used Firefox for a long, long time, back when I still used Windows pc's, until the summer 2007. Chrome didn't exist yet, Internet Explorer sucked and Safari was still Mac-only. Since then, I've switched browsers many times: from Firefox to...

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Even though I'm quite happy with this website and its code, I want to rebuild it using a static site generator: you write your posts and pages with Markdown, write a couple of page html templates, and simply by pushing a new file to Git, your new...

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When I first started working with Python in September 2009, I needed a good IDE. I quickly settled for Netbeans and I've been using it ever since, even though there are some things that really irritate me. But at least it works, and fits well in my...

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Yesterday I wrote an article comparing Django-CMS, FeinCMS and Mezzanine. One of the conclusions was that while Django-CMS is the best CMS on paper, I don't like its backend interface that much. I thought it would be a good idea to properly explain...

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When you need a content management system for Django, there is enough choice. Maybe even too much: the very helpful site djangopackages.com lists 13. Some are mature and very feature-complete, while others are barely more then a basic model and a...

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I need to build a content-based website for a client, in Django. Well, that's easy right? Pick one of the content management systems available, build some templates and css, and ta-da, done. Since I have used Django-CMS in previous projects, that...

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Beginning iPhone 3 Development - Exploring the iPhone SDK Dave Mark and Jeff LaMarche Apress My sixth book review, and the second one about iPhone development. The previous book, Head First iPhone Development was a great read, but since it only talked...

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Head First iPhone Development Dan Pilone & Tracey Pilone O'Reilly In a previous blogentry I wrote about some great online resources I found to get started with iPhone development. I read the C and Objective-C introductions, watched the first 12 or so...

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Effective UI: The art of building a great user experience in software Jonathan Anderson, John McRee, Robb Wilson & the EffectiveUI team O'Reilly I bought this book, hoping it would give tips and hints on making effective user interfaces, what works...

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Don't make me think! A common sense approach to web usability (2nd edition) Steve Krug New Riders Buy this book. Okay, maybe that's too short of a review. Steve Krug's book about usability is short (less then 200 pages), quick to read, funny,...

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I've been playing with the Beta release of Django 1.2 (get it here) and I love many of the new improvements. I'd like to list the best and biggest new features, and also some problems I encountered while using it. Smarter if tag I was already using...

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A while ago I wrote that Goldmund, Wyldebeast & Wunderliebe is going start a new usability department. At the moment I am busy writing marketing texts and thinking about a new website for ourself. Last week I also looked for a nice tool for making...

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