My weird health issues

Posted by: barbara | Date: May 16, 2013 | Category: Personal

If we're connected on Facebook, you've probably already seen bits and pieces of this story. Is it weird to be talking about my health problems on what is ostensibly a tech blog? Maybe. But there are enough people who have been curious that I thought I'd better explain what's going ...

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My next new challenge

Posted by: barbara | Date: May 07, 2013 | Category: Personal

2013 has brought some big changes - more teaching, my first forays into public speaking, a lot of energy devoted to community organizing, and a newly minted membership in the PSF.

As of today, I'm taking the next great step - this time in my career - by joining ...

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Conference survey - I need your input

Posted by: barbara | Date: Apr 23, 2013 | Category:

I'm putting together some new teaching materials, and I need your help.

Every day I meet people in the programming community - not just women - who have never been to an open source conference, never experienced all the great learning and networking opportunities that conferences have to offer.

If ...

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School Visit - April 19, 2013

Posted by: barbara | Date: Apr 22, 2013 | Category: CS Education

It's been a long, busy spring filled with teaching and speaking experiences, and I capped it all off last Friday with a visit to a local elementary school.

The school visit was arranged as part of a volunteer program through Central Texas Discover Engineering, an organization that works to ...

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Scheduling Periodic Tasks with Celery 2.3.3 and Django 1.4

Posted by: barbara | Date: Apr 17, 2013 | Category: Django

There are going to be times in the life of your application when you'll need to perform tasks - making requests to APIs, sending emails, or storing large amounts of data, for example. To do that, you'll most likely want to implement some sort of job queue - that is, ...

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