Tag Archive for 'python'

Moving things around

I’ve finally moved my main blog from scruf.us to blog.scrufus.com. Previous entries from scrufus.net have also been imported into this one. After a month or two, I’ll probably drop the redirects from scruf.us to blog.scrufus.com so I can start using scruf.us for my little web ideas and experiments.

I’ve also gotten myself a Linode box to play around with since I’ve decided to wean away from using just PHP. Right now, I’ve set up nginx as the main web server since it seems to be the best one to use for my purposes. The setup should let me easily play interchangeably with PHP, Python (Django) and Ruby (Rails).

I’m hoping to document here the things I learn from all the playing around since I intend to have this blog focus more on my thoughts about software, development and technology. Personal and non-techie posts for the most part would go to my tumblog if you’re into that sort of thing. Finally, follow me on Twitter if you like.

Books and Programming

Kinokuniya had a Lunar Year Sale. Everything was 20% off storewide. Thus, I decided to invest in books that would help me practice and gain more programming (or scripting) skills. I got phrasebooks for Python, JavaScript, Apache and MySQL. I already have a PHP phrasebook that has proven to be quite handy when I’m stumped and Google can’t seem to help me. I also got a Python + Django book so I can get a better feel of Python from a web development paradigm, since I do mostly web things although I’m hoping to do more mobile stuff soon (iPhone, S60 or even Android if opportunities permit). I also got a book on Dojo Toolkit so that I have an alternative to jQuery.

Some people might argue that you can learn a lot more about programming on the web. Although I also subscribe to that belief, I think I learn a lot faster when I’m reading from a book. Somehow, a book helps me have full focus on what I’m trying to learn. It helps me avoid my penchant to multi-task, specially when I get distracted by all the wonderful things I can see and do on the web.