Lean on Your Database

Doing computations in the database is almost always the right answer. Writing your own database procedures instead of relying on an ORM framework is even better. These go hand in hand since ORMs don’t allow you enough control over your data schema to define calculations in the first place (most can’t even properly handle multi-column […]

Fred Brooks: Design Requirements

This overlooked resource is a talk that Fred Brooks gave to a very small audience June 4, 2007 — the first day of the WSOM Design Requirements Workshop. He does not discuss requirements or elicitation of requirements (which is what everybody else talked about) but rather discusses design as a process and how that is […]

Using Unmanaged Django Models of Postgres Views in a Pre-existing Schema

This discussion covers the way Django 1.4 and Postgres 9.1 work as of mid 2012. If you have trouble with this or very similar code let me know and we can post your examples. Some of us like Python. Some of us are subjected to working with the Web, at least from time to time. […]

On Looping and Recursion

This post was prompted by a discussion about various programming languages on the Scientific Linux Forum. The discussion is in the member’s sub-forum, so I can’t link it here very effectively. wearetheborg wrote: I don’t understand the statement “…develop a sense time being slices along the t-axis (similar to thinking transactionally) instead of dealing in […]