Django access mixin for active users only

As of Django 1.9, there are a number of new permission mixins you can use with your views to make access control easier. One that isn’t included by default is a mixin allowing you to only permit users who have activated their account (user.is_active = True)

The Missing Manager for Django Models with GFK Relationships

Save yourself writing the same queries time and time again by creating a simple model manager with common queries for your generic foreign keys

Importing Big Databases with MAMP & phpMyAdmin on OSX

When you are using phpMyadmin on MAMP or MAMP Pro out of the box, you might run into trouble trying to import large databases due to PHP’s default upload and timeout settings. This post explains the quick-fix needed to get it working.

Uploading and validating an image from an URL with Django

This post outlines a simple Django app that allows the user to upload an image via an URL while making sure the image file is valid.

Understanding, setting up, accessing and serving media files and static files in Django

One of my most popular Stackoverflow answers is to a question regarding the confusion between static and media files in Django. This post elaborates on that theme.

An Updated General Django Project (>= 1.5) Structure or Folder Layout

In a previous post I outlined a sane folder structure for a new Django project. Since then Django 1.5 (and 1.6) has been released along with an updated default folder structure. This post goes through some further tips on keeping your django project layout sensible.

Autodeploy Jekyll using bitbucket post-commit service hooks and Flask

A very nice and clean way to deploy a Jekyll (or any other static generated site) is to setup a very small application on your sites webserver to listen for post commit hooks from Bitbucket. This allows you to have your site automatically updated and regenerated every time you push to your repository. This post shows you how.

A Custom Cropping Engine With sorl-thumbnail

Sorl-thumbnail has a sensible crop function in the default engine, but sometimes you need a little more control over the results. This post provides a custom cropping PIL engine that can be used to return specific, i.e. from (x1, y1) to (x2, y2), cropped thumbnails