Django Questionnaire initial release

I've been busy these last few days on moving a couple of my projects over from Django 0.96 to 1.0, and decided to release my own Django application to the world while I was at it.

World, meet Django Questionnaire! Now you too can easily set up and monitor your questionnaires using Django. For further information and a demo installation see the project website.

Obligatory screenshot:

At the moment it's still a bit barren, but over time I'll be adding new answer-types and a PDF reporting module. Comments and feedback are welcome!

Django Pluggables

Searching around for Django applications that I could use, I came across Django Plugables. It already has a nice list of useful Django apps, and makes spicing up your own Django projects even easier.

Busy busy busy...

Currently hard at work for a couple of clients. I don't know what's going on on the other side of the pond, but on this side there's no such thing as an economic crisis. I am glad I all but stepped out of stocks though (Note to Brendan: you can throw The Naked Trader into the freezer for a few years. Ride it out and turn your marketmaking-project into a cashmaking-project. There will be better times for stock. Enjoy your toast & tea!).

The gf had a nice popup the other day:

Loosely translated: "Do you want to move or copy the files out of this zone?": Yes / No.

WTF?

Django turns 1.0 and Spore + Wine

Django 1.0 is ready! I must say time has flown by since I gave 0.95 a try and was blown away by a proper framework in a programming language that lets me get stuff done. As quite a few of my projects make extensive use of Django, they can expect some beer-money from me for all their hard work. The only thing I regret is not having been a more active member of their community, but that can always change.

In other news I've given Spore a try with Wine under Linux. With some fiddling it actually worked. Barely. The graphics are slightly off (some kind of mirror-effect, and terrain isn't displayed), but I did evolve to the second stage before I got fed up with Spore crashing. Oh well, it's a start.

New Aperte design!

Aperte recently got a new look, thanks to Peter Cuhalev (Jure's brother and the same who made the Alka-linux logo). A new Aperte logo and a new design (very Web 2.0, or so I've been told), and I'm all set for a great '08/'09 year.

I've also been working on releasing a bit more information on what I've been up to for clients via my website. I think concrete examples work best to show the world what you are capable of, so I've put up two cases with more details.

Lately I've also been on a reading-spree. Amazon dumped a load of books on me again, and I've been reading non-stop since:

  • "Head-first Design Patterns" (finally a useful book about patterns, although I still think they are over-hyped and language-dependent)
  • "CSS Zen Garden" (finally a book that goes beyond the CSS syntax and shows what actually is possible with proper CSS)
  • "Swords & Circuitry" (An OK-ish book on designing RPGs, bought this because there aren't many in the same category)
  • "Delta Deception" (I really don't like Dan Brown's books much, they're too much Hollywood not enough content for me. It was a gift though, and an easy read.)
  • "Dreaming Void" (Peter Hamilton's triology-in-progress and a great SF read. I found it such a compelling universe I also bought Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained)
  • "Putin's Russia" (Anna Politkovskaya's chilling book on the state of Russia, quite possibly the reason she was executed...)
  • At the moment I'm reading Joel On Software. I can't be bothered to read his website frequently, but he knows his stuff so it was only a matter of time I'd get his book. His book on UI design is already on my watch list, even though I'm barely halfway through JoS.

Not being a student has freed up a lot of time to actually do something about my education.

Snowboarding in the Summer, and the Shock Doctrine

Went for a few days of indoor snowboarding this weekend, thanks to a generous donation/birthday present from Dad :)

Snowworld Landgraaf was a pleasant surprise compared to the other two indoor pistes in the Netherlands; this one was 500m long (twice as long as the others), the snow was good and they even had a funpark (which we actually tried!). Also got a few short movies up, which might take a while to load.

I also finished reading Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine, the rise of disaster capitalism, which is a fascinating and horrifying read about the combination of shock and torture to push forward economic ('Friendmanisim') reforms, aimed at making the rich even richer, and the rest as poor as possible. See also a short youtube film on Kleins website about the topics of the book.

Now I think of it, the combination of topics in this post are somewhat... ironic.

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