Category: Projects

Final, Estimated Django 1.2 release date

Over the last few weeks, Django contributors have been working hard finding and fixing bugs from 1.2 Beta 1.  The RC release has been set at around May 3, and final release May 10.  There are a couple of patches still to be completed, more here.

That being said, it also means that I am only a few weeks (hopefully) from completing one of my sites, mentioned in my last news post.  Although the site is not yet finished and there is still quote a lot to do, a lot of the code is in place, so I can start writing the tutorials.

A design is being completed and finalised by a friend of mine.  He doesn’t yet have his own site, but when he does and if I remember, I will add a link.  Things that will be used in this site;

This is the first site I have coded using the 960 grid system (although 2nd version) and this is also the first design Oli has done using it, if he gets some time, hopefully he will get me a quick post explaining some of the design process.

Also, Facebook connect code has been completed……for Django 1.1.  Although there should be no need to change much, there maybe some things I change, ie use of the new Messages framework.  This will be decided in the near future.

Facebook Connect

Recently I started writing facebook connect, from scratch, into one of the sites I’m working on.  Its actually a very easy process.  The (new?) javascript library is very good, setting cookies for authentication etc.

After actually having authenticated myself within my own site (facebook side) there is still quite a lot to do.

  • Creating / Updating accounts  – Uses the REST api.  I’ve got the account details, just need to use them
  • Authenticating the user automatically using the standard Django auth.
  • Removing accounts (or something if people remove my app from their list
  • A cron to update the accounts every 24 hours, facebook caching requirements

A few side things to still be done (maybe) wall posts, friend invites and I’m slightly tempted to use the facebook comments system, however…I am not entirely sure of the benefit of doing that rather than creating my own (which I have elsewhere) or using the standard Django comments framework.

This facebook connect stuff will also be part of the tutorials in future as well.

Some new projects

Over the next few months I will be completing (and in some cases, starting) a few new projects.  Nothing groundbreaking I’m sure, however thats not the point. Not only that, I will be re-coding a number of already established & working websites.

Some of the sites being re-coded, in no particular order (not necessarily solely being done by me);

The sites are pretty self explanatory once your on there.  I do welcome suggestions for each of the sites, just leave a comment or contact me.