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Python

Django Friday Tips: Permissions in the Admin

In this year’s first issue of my irregular Django quick tips series, lets look at the builtin tools available for managing access control. The framework offers a comprehensive authentication and authorization system that is able to handle the common requirements of most websites without even needing any external library. Most of the time, simple websites […]

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Software Development Technology and Internet

Mirroring GitHub Repositories

Git by itself is a distributed version control system (a very popular one), but over the years organizations started to rely on some internet services to manage their repositories and those services eventually become the central/single source of truth for their code. The most well known service out there is GitHub (now owned by Microsoft), […]

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Python

Django Friday Tips: Inspecting ORM queries

Today lets look at the tools Django provides out of the box to debug the queries made to the database using the ORM. This isn’t an uncommon task. Almost everyone who works on a non-trivial Django application faces situations where the ORM does not return the correct data or a particular operation as taking too […]

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Personal

The app I’ve used for the longest period of time

What is the piece of software (app) you have used continuously for the longest period of time? This is an interesting question. More than 2 decades have passed since I’ve got my first computer. Throughout all this time my usage of computers evolved dramatically, most of the software I installed at the time no longer […]

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Random Bits Technology and Internet

Giving a new life to old phones

Nowadays, in some “developed” countries, it is very common for people to have a bunch of old phones stored somewhere in a drawer. Ten years have passed since smartphones became ubiquitous and those devices tend to become unusable very quickly, at least for their primary purpose. Either a small component breaks, the vendor stops providing […]

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Python Software Development

Why you shouldn’t remove your package from PyPI

Nowadays most software developed using the Python language relies on external packages (dependencies) to get the job done. Correctly managing this “supply-chain” ends up being very important and having a big impact on the end product. As a developer you should be cautious about the dependencies you include on your project, as I explained in […]

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Random Bits Technology and Internet

Dynamic DNS using Cloudflare Workers

In this post I’ll try to describe a simple solution, that I came up with, to solve the issue of dynamically updating DNS records when the IP addresses of your machines/instances changes frequently. While Dynamic DNS isn’t a new thing and many services/tools around the internet already provide solutions to this problem (for more than […]

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Security

Security.txt

Some days ago while scrolling my mastodon‘s feed (for those who don’t know it is like Tweeter but instead of being a single website, the whole network is composed by many different entities that interact with each other), I found the following message: To server admins: It is a good practice to provide contact details, […]

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Python

Django Friday Tips: Feature Flags

This time, as you can deduce from the title, I will address the topic of how to use feature flags on Django websites and applications. This is an incredible functionality to have, specially if you need to continuously roll new code to production environments that might not be ready to be released. But first what […]

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Software Development Technology and Internet

CSP headers using Cloudflare Workers

Last January I made a small post about setting up a “Content-Security-Policy” header for this blog. On that post I described the steps I took to reach a final result, that I thought was good enough given the “threats” this website faces. This process usually isn’t hard If you develop the website’s software and have […]