September 21, 2011.
Last week, Yann Malet and I gave a talk at DjangoCon about using performance analysis to spot bottlenecks in your application. Because of the somewhat broad scope of the talk, we were only able to briefly introduce the tools we use and how we use them. Over the next several weeks, we plan to dive a little deeper into some of those tools here on our blog.
To start off, I’m going to go over our JMeter setup in much more detail. It is a very powerful tool capable of complex load tests, but it is very unfriendly to new users and the documentation is not ideal. I’ll go over the basics and cover a couple of tricky things like how to authenticate, and simulating Ajax requests. This information is presented with Django in mind, but should apply to any framework you’re working with.
September 12, 2011.
I recently came across this article from EightShapes detailing how they are sharing sketches in a remote environment. Lincoln Loop is entirely remote and we’ve run into the same problem, but I’ll admit we haven’t been as MacGyver about solving it. I applaud EightShapes for their resourcefulness! Mounting a camera phone to a stick and taking pictures is hardcore. Apparently this concept worked well enough for them and they went with an official product – an IPEVO Point 2 View camera.
Our early attempts at solving this problem were about as clumsy as EightShape’s. At one point sketching became the step where you thought through the idea on your own. When satisfied, you’d port the ideas to a wireframe for discussion. We settled on Google Draw because its limited drawing capabilities were akin to the crudeness of our sketches and we could use it to collaborate ...
September 5, 2011.
We love the Django community and to show our thanks, we’re throwing a private party Wednesday night for DjangoCon attendees. After dinner (9-11pm), come on down to Ground Kontrol, Portland’s favorite classic arcade. We’ll have an open bar (while supplies last) and free gaming on their 90+ arcade games. Come on by, say hi and have a drink on us while you play the classics like Donkey Kong, Frogger, and Asteroids!
Ground Kontrol is at 511 NW Couch only 0.5 miles (0.8 km) from the conference hotel and is easily accessible by foot or via the MAX Green Line. They’ve only got room for ~120 people, so come early to make sure you get in!