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Oct 11 2007

A Brief Introduction to Distributed Version Control

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Last night at SLUUG, I have a talk on distributed source control tools. It was quite introductory, but the notes (below) may still be helpful. These notes were on a handout at the talk, as usual I didn’t use slides. Unfortunately I didn’t get an audio recording of this talk, so no transcript either. About […]

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Oct 01 2007

Fix It So It Stays Fixed: An Example

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A recurring theme in our projects is a desire to “fix things so they stay fixed”. I have in mind writing about that idea in detail later, but for now I’ll start with an example of how to do so. A common and useful thing to do with disk storage space is to keep old […]

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Aug 20 2007

Yet Another Python Success Story

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Is it OK to use programming language X in a production enterprise application? Or are fear, uncertainly, and doubt holding you back? Public “success stories” might make it more acceptable for you to do so in your environment. In that spirit I offer our story of a production Python deployment at an Oasis Digital customer […]

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Aug 18 2007

Fourteen Tools for a Productive Distributed Team

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A geographically distributed software development team (“distributed team”, for short) is simply one where developers don’t work in close physical proximity (within a few hundred feet). In such a time you interact mostly via electronic means. To some readers a distributed team will sound like an obviously ridiculous idea, while to others it will sound […]

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Aug 03 2007

Help! My Hierarchy is Slow – Faster Hierarchies with Nested Sets

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A great many applications, including many that I’ve worked on, have a hierarchy of things: of parts, of people, of organizations, etc. The way most of us represent such hierarchy is with the first thing that generally comes to mind: make each Widget have a parent Widget, with a table like so:

This representation […]

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Jul 05 2007

Pipe RGB data to ffmpeg

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A while back I asked on the ffmpeg mailing list how to pipe RGB data in to ffmpeg. I described it as follows: in my code I am building video frames, 720x480x24bit. I have in mind generating a large number of these, as long as a full DVD worth at 30fps, then using ffmpeg (followed […]

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