Premature code reuse
Avoid the delusion of code reuse
Reusing code is one of the first thing we learn in the IT industry. It's common sense, code reuse means it takes a lot less effort to get your application on the market. Everyone wants as much code reuse as ...
Faster Django Tests
Speed-up your Django test suite
Speed is a feature. When it comes to automated tests, speed is critical. A faster test suite means that your team is more likely to run the tests often, to enjoy the fast feedback and to therefore write more tests ...
Soft Skills review
The software developer's life manual
Have you ever worked with good developers that somehow struggled with money and who were afraid of unemployment? Have you ever worked with terrible developers writing spaghetti code but that somehow managed to get a good reputation and to get ...
4 types of developers
Which one are you?
There are 4 types of developers, which one are you?
Why using factories in Django
Best way to generate data for dev and testing
From the very beginning of a project, you need some data. You need data in your development database and you need data for your automated tests. The instinctive solution is to manually enter a set of data via the Django ...
The Lean Startup review
Entrepreneurship & Continuous Innovation
"The Lean Startup" by Eric Ries is a book about entrepreneurship and innovation. It describes in great details and via many examples how startups should be lean to be successful.
I can't do it, I'm stuck
How to overcome hard coding problems
You've been delivering high quality code for days, weeks, months... and it suddenly hits you; you've been stuck on that one feature or bug for two hours with no success at all. Not only you didn't make any progress but ...
Recommended Django libraries
My top 5 Django libraries
My two favorite things about Django are Python and the quality of the plugins (which reflects on the quality of Django itself and its community). Here is my personal top 5 of the most useful Django libraries.
Developer & marketing
How do you market your skills?
For years I haven't even though thought about marketing myself. I was working hard, caring for customers (I still am :)) - I assumed that was essential and enough to progress and ultimately get better jobs. I used to think ...
Commenting your code
Commenting more by commenting less o_O
Put 10 developers in a room and ask them what's their religion. You'll get 10 straight simple answers; no debate about the existence of God; no arguments; nothing more than the expressions of their personal belief. Now ask the same ...
Excuses to not write tests
Haven't you heard these?
Automated testing is an extremely controversial topic. Every developer is aware of how important testing is but some always find excuses not to do it.
Chained Queries in Django
Improving the quality of your code by extending models.QuerySet
Writing clean code is as important as getting things working. In this article I'll show you three different ways to handle queries in Django; from worst to best.