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Use Bitcoin to Get Two Scoops of Django at 25% Off

BitCoin and Two Scoops of Django!

Like the title of this blog post says, for Bitcoin purchases we're offering a 25% discount for purchases of Two Scoops of Django. That puts the ebook version at \$34.36 and the autographed hardcopy at \$38.36. Pretty awesome, right? If you want to take advantage of this ...

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2018 New Years Resolutions

Lasergun Light Painting

Happy New Year!

The last time I wrote down resolutions was way back in 2014. I had done it for many years at that point, dating back to even before my old blog. Somehow I fell out of what I consider a positive habit. Well, it's time to pick ...

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Two Scoops of Django Birthday Giveaway

Coldest Spring

Today is a special day. You see, the latest fantasy book I co-authored, Coldest Spring (3rd in the Ambria series), is out AND it's my birthday. In honor of of these occasions, the first book of the series, Darkest Autumn, for 0.99 cents on Amazon. Plus, I'm ...

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Two Scoops of Django 1.11 Is Printed!

Two Scoops of Django

After longer than we expected, the shiny new print copies of Two Scoops of Django 1.11 are finally ready. We've shipped all pre-orders, and many of you who ordered it in advance should have the book in your hands. We're delighted by how well it's been ...

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Two Scoops of Django 1.11 is Out!

Two Scoops of Django

When we started the Two Scoops of Django project back in 2012, I never thought it would become a book series. Well, it's turned into just that, and so I'm pleased to announce the \"Early Release\" or \"BETA\" release of the Two Scoops of Django: Best Practices for ...

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Two Scoops of Django 1.8 is Out!

I'm pleased to announce the \"Early Release\" of the Two Scoops of Django: Best Practices for Django 1.8 PDF ebook.

Two Scoops of Django

Co-authored with Audrey Roy Greenfeld, the 1.8 edition of Two Scoops of Django is filled to the brim with knowledge to help make Django projects better. We ...

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Punchline

Last year on April 1st I wrote how the next Two Scoops Press book would be about goblins. Naturally, many interpreted this as an April Fool's Day prank. Also naturally, I didn't agree or disagree with this interpretation of my blog post.

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Image from blog post last year ...

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Setting up LaTeX on Mac OS X

These are my notes for getting LaTeX running on Mac OS X with the components and fonts I want. Which is handy when you want to generate PDFs from Sphinx. At some point I want to replace this with a Docker container similar https://github.com/blang/latex-docker, albeit with ...

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Two Scoops of Goblins

While Audrey Roy Greenfeld and I were contemplating our next Two Scoops Press book topic, it came down to a decision between Pyramid, Flask, and mythical creatures. Inspired by Django's magical flying pony, Pyramid's scary alien dude, and even the idea of a magical Flask pouring out wonderful ...

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Memories of Malcolm

A year ago today Malcolm Tredinnick, core contributor to Django suddenly passed away. He was a mentor, and more importantly, a good friend.

Here are some of my memories of Malcolm.

DjangoCon US: September 2010

This is where Audrey and I first met Malcolm. We ended up spending a good ...

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Fiction vs Non-Fiction

I'm a published author.

There, I said it. I co-wrote a book and its sequel. My childhood dream of becoming a writer has come true.

Well, not completely.

Truth is, I've always wanted to be a fiction author. Don't get me wrong, writing a technical book has ...

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Announcing Two Scoops of Django 1.6!

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We (Audrey Roy and I) just released the revised, expanded, and slightly renamed second edition of our book on Django. It's called Two Scoops of Django: Best Practices for Django 1.6, and you can buy it right now in print format on our online store or Amazon.com ...

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Tools we used to write Two Scoops of Django

Because of the ubiquitousness of reStructuredText in the lives of Python developers and the advocacy of it, it's not uncommon for people to assume we used it to write our book. However, that's not really the case.

The short answer is we used:

  • reStructuredText (RST)
  • Google Documents
  • Apple ...

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Two Scoops of Django is in print!

Since I was a child I wanted to be a published author. I've dreamt of people reading my book. While one could say that dream was fulfilled when we launched the e-book version in January, it's not the same as seeing the printed copy. Today I got to ...

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Generating NCX files with Python

With the help of fellow Python developer Matt Harrison's excellent Ebook Formatting: KF8, Mobi & EPUB, we managed to create pretty decent looking Kindle and ePub versions of Two Scoops of Django.

One of many things we did was focus on providing an excellent table of contents. Of course ...

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Annotated History of My Most Used Shell Commands

An oldie, but a goodie. This time I annotate it with reasons as to why things are used so much. If you blog, post your own!

For reference, anything after a \"#\" is an annotation. :

$ history | awk '{a[$2]++ } END{for(i in a){print a[i] " " i}}'|sort -rn |head ...

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Python Indie Bundle Cyber Monday Sale

I've joined forces with Matt Harrison and Audrey Roy to put together the first ever Python Indie Bundle sale!

This bundle includes the following e-book bundles (PDF, Kindle, ePub) for just \$24.95:

  • Treading on Python Volume 1: Foundations
  • Treading on Python Volume 2: Intermediate
  • Two Scoops of Django ...

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