Although it doesn’t seem like it over here, I have in fact been writing blog posts for the upcoming Dutch Open Hackathon:
DataTables is a UI widget that lets you interact with tabular data. It has support for a feature called Server Side Processing, where ajax calls are used to retrieve the relevant data. Examples show how to query database servers, such as MySQL, but it is also possible to query Google Fusion Tables, using the API.
I have an external monitor connected to my Macbook when I’m at work. However, managing that is a real pain, as I was dragging windows around the monitors everytime I connected to it. Luckily, there’s an application which takes the pain away: Multimon.
If you’re building a website that supports user logins and use Devise to manage that, you’ll soon find out that it sends out emails synchronously by default. This is not a good practice, as it’s not something that a user visiting your site should have to wait for. There is a solution to make this work asynchronously, however.
Recents is a nice little project that shows the programming projects you most recently worked on. An awesome idea, but it currently ships with only limited support for different kinds of development projects. More specifically, it has no support for Django projects yet. Fortunately, you can add it yourself.
I recently started using counter caches in Rails. Getting them to work was a little bit more difficult than the manual suggests, however.
I use Fabric to deploy my Python projects. While it offers a lot of flexibility, it lacks a concept of different environments (Also referred to as stages) so you need to figure out your own solution.
I’ve been working a lot with Github’s issue tracker lately. Not perfect by all means, but it does a decent job. But it could be a lot better, especially when you’re creating a new issue.