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October 30, 2013
by Tobias McNulty
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Using strace to Debug Stuck Celery Tasks

Celery is a great tool for background task processing in Django. We use it in a lot of the custom web apps we build at Caktus, and it's quickly becoming the standard for all variety of task scheduling work loads, from simple to highly complex.

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September 18, 2013
by Tobias McNulty
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Central logging in Django with Graylog2 and graypy

Django's logging configuration facilities, which arrived in version 1.3, have greatly eased (and standardized) the process of configuring logging for Django projects. When building complex and interactive web applications at Caktus, we've found that detailed (and properly configured!) logs are key to successful and efficient debugging. Another ...

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August 7, 2013
by Tobias McNulty
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Migrating to a Custom User Model in Django

The new custom user model configuration that arrived in Django makes it relatively straightforward to swap in your own model for the Django user model. In most cases, Django's built-in User model works just fine, but there are times when certain limitations (such as the length of the email ...

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October 5, 2012
by Tobias McNulty
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PBS' Half the Sky Documentary Site Developed by Caktus

Earlier this year Caktus had the honor of working with Sonnet Media and PBS’ Independent Lens on the documentary, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. Originally a best-selling book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, the book adapted into a two part documentary series. The documentary ...

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October 1, 2012
by Tobias McNulty
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Planning Our First ShipIt Day at Caktus

I'm delighted to write that last Friday, we announced we'll be trying our first "ShipIt Day" at Caktus in October. ShipIt Days, also known as FedEx Days, provide a time for the team to set aside what occupies us most days—building fantastic web applications using Python and ...

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