Also on my Flickr gallery.
Also on my flickr gallery.
See also on my flickr gallery.
I've been using wateronmars on a daily basis for approx. 3 weeks now and here are my first impressions:
By customizing a little Twitter Bootstrap's carousel and pluging in the TouchSwipe-Jquery-Plugin library it was relatively easy to handle a"(touch) swipe".
So we can now go through the news as with a pysical newspaper, and it's become my main way to use wateronmars :)
Following the recent and timely revival of Tarek Ziadé's New Year's Python Meme by Alex Clark and Daniel Greenfeld, and also to mark the addition of this blog to the Python planet, here is my version of the meme for 2013.
Even if it isn't a discovery strictly speaking, I was also glad to find out that someone took over the maintenance of feedfinder.
And last but not least I recently used PhotoFloat a very promising project to generate photo galleries, especially because like the author of this library I think zenphoto has somehow lost its zen.
A few months ago I gave a quick try at TDD with my toy project baciphacs.
But most importantly 2013 was the year when I dived into web application development with my long term personal project wateronmars.
Quite selfishly the two open source projects I contributed the most were mine:
By the way, I'm always welcoming contributions and contributors for these projects :)
I guess anything that would make it easy for me to recover stuff (adress books, pictures), from the silos of the big social sites would help.
But to be honest all my wishes currently go to wateronmars that could still be extended with functionalities like a pump (as in pump.io) or a way to mix result from famous search engines with one's bookmark collection and more generally with anything already listed on the development site.
At that time I was reading Dave Winer's blog posts about news and rivers and trying duckduckgo search engine in the hope that it would eventually offer better and more customized ways to search for information (I even proposed went as far as proposing that to duckduckgo team).
Eventually all this got me somewhat inspired and I decided that taking control of my "window to the web" was a very worthy motive to get my hands in the world of web apps developments.
This is a Python project based on django and which uses extensively Twitter Bootstrap, mousetrap.js and infinite scroll for its graphical components and UX, and south to ease future database migrations. Also the heroku platform was of a great help to experiment with the web apps as I was building it.
I must say that I'm pretty surprised of how much great (by their quality and ease of use) libraries and services are available to build web apps this days. It almost seems to be a more mature ecosystem than the one of the scientific and multimedia workhorse libraries I'm used too.
As a conclusion, let me just say that I would very happily welcome contributors to this project, so feel free to fork it on github !
Today, I'm officially releasing a personal project called wateronmars, a web app combining a news reader and a bookmark collection.
So this is just another news reader but this ones aims at being a free (as in freedom) platform from which users can explore the web.
A demo site is hosted on heroku: http://wateronmars-demo.herokuapp.com/
For now this web application focuses on offering a lean interface based on a very simple workflow:
Although they make up a working and usable (IMHO) application I consider them as the building blocks for a slightly more ambitious web exploration platform.
PS: If you came here looking for actual water on the planet mars, all apologies and feel free to go on wikipedia.
In order to play a little more with the new tools I've made use for Yapsy but also to experiment a little with TDD, I started a very small project, entirely hosted by github and for the development of which I tried to stick with TDD principles (more below).
The project itself is called baciphacs and is nothing else than a new version of a piece of code that I seem to have to re-write each time I work in a new place: generate HTML code (with small bits of CSS embedded in tags) to represent a bar chart. This is arguable rarely the best way to draw charts but it often helps in drawing one quickly and without having to deal with questions about network reliability, licenses, and archiving.
Going back to TDD, baciphacs is surely a very bad example of if since it's just a first try, but it made it possible for me to confirm the impression I had about this method: it is actually counter-intuitive (which is quite well-known I think) but it puts forward design principles that are important to me and that go far beyond testing.