Author Archives: Richard

HTML5 Drag and Drop Howto

Check out this guide on HTML5 drag and drop and the File API which is the first of a series of tutorials on HTML5 features we will be doing. The next one will be on HTML5 Canvas.

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This post, 11 Things I Wish I Knew About Django Development Before I Started My Company, has a nice set of things to know if you are new to development with Django or looking for some suggestions about best practices.

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Vicky and Billy

These are the newest addition to the Swift Bend team. So far they are not very good at web development, but they do keep down the brush in Richard’s back yard pretty well.

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Using virtualenv for Django projects

Today I am going to walk you through using virtualenv and virtualenvwrapper for deploying Django projects. The advantage of virtualenv is that it sets up your Python package dependencies separately for each virtualenv so that if you have multiple projects … Continue reading

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Automating server backups

Keeping your servers backed up is an important task, and my philosophy is the only kind of acceptable backup is an automated backup. Otherwise it’s just too easy to let other work get in the way of running that regular … Continue reading

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Using CSS Media Queries

CSS Media Queries are an important tool for responsive web design. Learn more about them.

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Minify your Javascript and CSS

One of the best practices you should follow to speed up your web site is reducing the size of the Javascript and CSS files your visitors must download by minifying them. I have just posted an article on our site … Continue reading

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MySQL backups to AWS S3

I just finished writing a howto for automating MySQL backups to S3 using Boto and mysqldump.

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Simple jQuery goodness

Check out this howto on building a simple set of controls for tabbed content using some CSS, Javascript, and jQuery. Simple tab controls using jQuery

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The Swift Bend Blog

Welcome to the first post of the Swift Bend blog. We will be posting regularly on web & software development topics as well as news items relevant to small business. To start things off, here is a guide for setting … Continue reading

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