March 06, 2014

Unit Testing For The Practical And Sane

Although we tech nerds are supposed to be a logical and thoughtful lot, many of us tend to get sucked into over zealous, dogmatic thinking when it comes to our technologies and “best practices”. Though there are many tech and development related topics that spark these kinds of debates one of my favorites topics is the importance and value of writing unit tests. I've heard many positions on this topic, from they are utterly useless to if you don't write unit tests you should be tarred and feathered. Clearly there has to be a middle ground where most ...

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January 18, 2014

Django CMS + Zinnia Gotcha

I thought I had everything all figured. I did research, read documentation, tutorials etc, and took detailed notes when setting up my local box with Django CMS and Zinna. I slaved over a hacked up Zinnia template to give you the rad layout you see before you. Things were going well. I was feeling good about myself. I tested everything on my server and now everything was ready to go. Then the moment of truth, pointing my domain to my shiny new ec2 box. Once the change propagated my joy turned into confusion, when I loaded my site I was ...

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January 09, 2014

Adventures In Search-Based Applications

Like most tech nerds I pride myself on keeping up with the latest and greatest technologies, design trends that have to do with my pet technical interests. I also try to reading up on new design patterns and trends in software architecture. One that seemed to escape me though was search-based applications. Now to be clear I'm not talking about using a search engine in the traditional sense but as a means to replace (in some capacity) a traditional database and acts as an application's primary data store.

My first encounter with this idea was when I started ...

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January 01, 2014

about me

about me

My name is Teresa (that's me on bass guitar in the pic). I'm a tinker, problem solver and hobbyist turned pro code wrangler and armchair technologist. I live in Cambridge MA with my cat Molly and dog Rondo. Though I pay the rent Molly is very much in charge of us.

I started my sordid love affair with computers and technology when I was quite young. My first computer was a Commodore 64 (thanks Dad, best gift ever!). Music and computers have been the primary themes of my life. I worked in the music industry in various paid ...

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