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June 23, 2014
by Dan Poirier
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Getting Started Scheduling Tasks with Celery

Many Django applications can make good use of being able to schedule work, either periodically or just not blocking the request thread.

There are multiple ways to schedule tasks in your Django app, but there are some advantages to using Celery. It’s supported, scales well, and works well with ...

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February 5, 2014
by Alex Lemann
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Caktus Completes RapidSMS Community Coordinator Development for UNICEF

Colin Copeland, Managing Member at Caktus, has wrapped up work, supported by UNICEF, as the Community Coordinator for the open source RapidSMS project. RapidSMS is a text messaging application development library built on top of the Django web framework. It creates a SMS provider agnostic way of sending and receiving ...

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January 9, 2014
by Dan Poirier
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Managing Events with Explicit Time Zones

Recently we wanted a way to let users create real-life events which could occur in any time zone that the user desired. By default, Django interprets any date/time that the user enters as being in the user’s time zone, but it never displays that time zone, and it ...

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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.

Although rarely, sometimes a ...

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October 2, 2013
by Mark Lavin
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Skipping Test DB Creation

We are always looking for ways to make our tests run faster. That means writing tests which don't preform I/O (DB reads/writes, disk reads/writes) when possible. Django has a collection of TestCase subclasses for different use cases. The common TestCase handles the fixture loading and the ...

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