Anyone know if this book, "Beyond Software Architecture", is any good? It looks interesting.
Writing articles, publishing screencasts, and breaking even.
Both Grig and I have a ton of articles and screencasts that we'd like to ginny up, based on various bits of our tutorial efforts. I've also been contemplating a series of articles on "twill and ... [ insert language of choice here ]". Now, it would be nice to start recouping the cost of our Web hosting, especially since we're not promoting a company or pimping a T-shirt line.
I have friendly contacts at O'Reilly and IBM DeveloperWorks, both of whom publish articles on related issues and presumably pay for them. I/we could also go the Google Ads route, and/or the Google Video route (for screencasts, which are likely to eat up bandwidth). Thoughts? Comments? I think we'd like to retain the articles on our own sites, too, although I'd be amenable to a various contractual limitations on that front.
(Obviously, if you're reading this and you're a publisher of online developer articles, get in touch ;).)
More PyCon notes.
Yeah, it's been over for 5 days... but I wanted to write about some other lightning talks I saw (in the 2nd lightning talk session), and also jot down some ideas that I'd had while at the meeting.
- Martin Blais gave a short lightning talk on rst.el, offering reStructuredText support for emacs. Good stuff.
- Someone -- didn't catch the name, or really anything beyond the name
of the software -- presented software called "Alchemist", which looked
like a great GUI for examining sales information across the US. Very
impressive, very simple.
- Ian Bicking presented on something called SQL-API, which looks like a
very nice SQL library. He billed it as the next generation of the DB
API, and pointed out that writing database APIs was boring and we
should really get on with writing interesting code instead. It sounded
pretty nice; I will almost certainly start using it myself, if it
turns out to be EITHER well documented OR functional. ;)
- Chad Whitacre's talk on testosterone and httpy was cute, although I found the "30 second wiki" demo unconvincing because he pasted in about 10 lines of source code ;).
(I missed a bunch of the lightning talks because I was chatting with someone about BioPython in the hallway -- my apologies to the speakers.)
In the hopes that someone else gets there before me, here are some things I'd like to implement.
- driving twill from doctests.
- modifying nose to parse out doctests into individual tests.
- syspath mangler class for use in saving, modifying, and restoring
- WSGI recorder/playback mechanism.
- WSGI proxy (prolly based on TCPWatch code).
- A simple Web crawler based on twill.
If someone has gotten there before me on any of these, please
drop me a line & I'll plug your code to the high heavens. thanks ;).
 and I'll probably fold, spindle, and mutilate your code, too.