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Write Better Programs with pytest
Getting a set of fast running tests can dramatically speed up the development process as well as ensure developers don't introduce regressions...
High Availability (HA), Load Balancing & Failover
Keeping websites and web applications up and running can be critical. It is best to look at all options very closely before choosing one...
Native Backup Solutions vs Snapshots
Backups are a necessity, whether they are done via the database's native backup technology, a snapshot, or dumping to tape. Here's the difference between some common solutions, and tips on how to get started...
Mighty Microbits
Microbits, powered by MicroPython, are exciting pieces of hardware with endless possibilities...
Managing complex Bacula configurations with YAML, Jinja and Python
How to make sure all servers are backed up, and do so in a way to avoid a performance hit…
Repeatable Development Environment with Vagrant
Vagrant is a tool to get developers set up quickly and easily on a project. It makes sure the virtual machine includes all the dependencies as they should be, and allows developers to use their own editing tools as they work on a project...
How AWS Lambda Dramatically Simplifies Software Development
Lambda is Amazon Web Services' server-less infrastructure. It makes it possible to run small tasks that respond to various kinds of events without actually running any servers...
My Take-Aways From PyCon 2016
Useful tidbits of information collected at the annual Python conference in Portland, OR...
FreeNAS to Add Bhyve Support
We can now run hybrid cloud services that combine the storage and virtualization layer to simplify hosting operations...
Building Python Command Line Tools, Part 4: CSV Importing and Time Zones
In the final part of our series on Python Command Line Tools, we'll put our application to work. I'll show you how to import the CSV module and handle timezones post import.
Building Python Command Line Tools, Part 3: Bootstrapping Pyramid
For the third part of our series on Python Command Line Tools, I'll show you how to use your console_script to bootstrap a Pyramid App.
Building Python Command Line Tools, Part 2: console_scripts
In this second part of our series on Python Command Line Tools, I'll show you how to make the agrparse script executable and ready to be installed as a console script when someone installs your Pyramid or Django app.
Building Python Command Line Tools, Part 1: ArgParse
This article is part one of a four-part series on building and using python command line tools. Get ready to learn how to parse command line arguments and import csv files for a Django or Pyramid app.
How to Set Up A Two Factor Authentication
Increase your account security using this Two Factor Authentication (TFA) Setup Guide.
Doing code releases with ZFS
Using ZFS for snapshots is easier than collective.recipe.backup for backing up Plone sites. I'll show you how it allows you to instantly rollback to a previous version if something goes wrong.
Hands on with Multisite Management using Lineage (PloneConf14 Recap)
Lineage is a free and open source Plone product that makes it easy to manage subsites. It works by enabling regular subfolders of a Plone site to appear as autonomous Plone sites to the everyday user.
Lineage 2.0 for multisite is Plone 5 & Dexterity compatible
We've seen a lot of activity around Lineage this year and wanted to make sure that before PloneConf we had a fresh new version of Lineage for Plone 4.x and Plone 5.
Using SaltStack for server configuration management and more
SaltStack (Salt) is currently one of the fastest growing configuration management systems. It is written in Python and uses ZeroMQ to communicate nearly instantaneously with all of the servers in your infrastructure that it calls minions. Here is how we use Salt and why.
Python Django Training Course Now Available
We’ve taken the challenge of finding well-trained Python developers into our own hands. Clayton and I will be teaching 5-day immersive trainings on Python and Django at Eleven Fifty in Carmel, Indiana.
Being an "active sponsor": The Plone Conf survey app
We are excited this year to not only be attending and sponsoring Plone Conf 2014, but we are also donating our Survey App to the conference. We believe in actively helping grow our communities.

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