EVE Online grows up fast with Crucible

Wednesday, November 30 2011

I’ve been playing EVE Online since the summer of 2008, and have kept a close eye on the state of things from time to time. CCP releases a free "expansion" every six months with lots of goodies in them. The latest, Crucible, is the first that I can remember ...

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Bootstrap is fun stuff

Tuesday, November 29 2011

I recently re-vamped my site to use Twitter’s Bootstrap CSS. This ended up being pretty easy to switch to, and I had to tweak the styles very little. My designer sensibilities are pretty terrible, so stuff like this is a real treat. If you haven’t already, consider checking ...

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Sphinx and Design Documents

Monday, November 28 2011

As I’ve matured as an individual and a developer, I find that I like to spend longer and longer amounts of time in the planning phase before writing too much code. I’ll tinker with some of the technical problems I’m very concerned about, make sure my idea ...

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Python and AWS Cookbook (Ebook) 50% off!

Friday, November 11 2011

Mitch Garnaat’s excellent Python and AWS Cookbook is now 50% off ($6.49) in Ebook format (ePub, Mobi, PDF). The book features some great recipes, straight from the maintainer of boto.

While the book isn’t unfriendly to those looking at boto for the first time, it really shines ...

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nginx AWS ELB name resolution with resolvers

Thursday, November 10 2011

If you are running nginx as a proxy in front of An Amazon Web Services Elastic Load Balancer (ELB), it is not safe to merely define an upstream using the hostname of ELB and call it a day. By default, nginx will only do name resolution at startup time, caching ...

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media-nommer scampers closer to initial release

Tuesday, October 18 2011

Our Python-based, open source (BSD) distributed encoding system, media-nommer, is inching closer to what we’ll call an initial 1.0 release. We’d love to have other developers take a look, try our documentation, and help us chase down flaws before we stick a 1.0 on this thing ...

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CouchDB as a MUD server data store

Monday, October 17 2011

I’ve been using CouchDB as the data store for my in-development MUDDawn of the Titans. So far it’s been very enjoyable to work with, through the CouchDB Python module. I’ll take a moment to share my experiences, for those who might be interested.

To provide some ...

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Over the speed bumps

Sunday, October 16 2011

One of the worse parts about writing a codebase from scratch for a specific game is the staggering amount of foundation work that has to happen before you can really start making visible progress. Database layers, object representation and manipulation, account management, exits, and a basic set of global commands ...

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An embarrassing S3 saga

Saturday, October 15 2011

Around July of 2009, a post was made to the AWS Developer Forums for S3 (which the S3 team reads and responds to) asking for the Access-Control-Allow-Origin header to be allowed on keys. The primary motivator for this is that sites would be able to store things like webfonts in ...

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PyPy’s call for donations (NumPy)

Wednesday, October 12 2011

Disclaimer: I am not at all involved with PyPy development, planning, or management. You are about to see cheer-leading, but it’s not because this is my project.

PyPy has recently posted  "Call for donations - PyPy to support Numpy!" There has been some initial ground work laid by Alex Gaynor ...

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