Update on gardening: there is a *lot* of mint root in that little patch… all went well though, and Chris and I fashioned a compost heap out of rubble from the building of our wall. Its very homebrew.
Got some seeds and pots yesterday, so growage should soon commence.
Pinax Prettiness you ask? Well yes, yes indeed. Pinax is a sort of package I guess that is built on the Django project. Its a collection of Django apps which together make an ‘out of the box’ social site. Its what I built http://badlist.co.uk on (but was sorta bodged a little bit because I was finding my way around it) and it is now what I have built the new-look http://synfinity.net on.
It was far too easy.
My thought process went “Hm I could do with a repo for coursework PDFs (for comparative analysis with coursemates) and a place to sort of ’show off’ some bits (CV etc)…”
Django went “How would you like to do that really fast? Here’s a framework for you to store things and manipulate them. Files? Yeah we can do that. Files in different subjects? Yeah, no worries.”
Pinax went “Wanna be able to manage all that really quickly and not worry about the user-login-maintainence cruft? Oh I got some nice apps here if you wanna feed in all your media feeds too..? Oh your coursemates want to upload their work too? Yeah thats cool, I got some funky user profile things built in. Don’t worry about templating too much, I’ve got a nice standard styled template that looks pretty awesome. Change the logo if you like.”
jQuery went “Doc viewers? Don’t do it statically! Here, bosh a bit of AJAX in this page… yeah, then a little nav bar (oi Django, give us a hand!). Sweet, there we go. Oh, I got some rounded edges if you’d like that?”
Steve went “HOLY FUNK! It is done.”
2 to 3 days… could have been done quicker but for interruptions and hosting woes. Pinax is perfect.
Not to mention the creator and co-conspirator (’jtauber’ (James Tauber) and ‘brosner’ (Brian Rosner) respectively) are awesome, dedicated, bright, friendly, helpful… thats 5 characteristics you dont usually find together in the geek world… This project will go far and fast.
PS - if anyone would like a demo/explore of Pinax I would be happy to acquaint you with it.
PPS - if anyone wants a project doing FOR them, and has a little cash to throw at me, I’ll do it for them!
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