Saturday, January 31, 2009

Deploy Django Apps with Capistrano

Great article on using Capistrano to deploy Django applications. It's a Ruby tool that allows developers to manage deployment to multiple remote servers.

...thanks Trevor

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Friday, January 23, 2009

Josh Kirby Mini Store Launched

Hooray - The Josh Kirby mini store is now launched. It's a fairly small site for the moment. The idea is to have it grow with the company's business. I chose to use Django as the back-end framework. I used its Template system for the front-end as well as using yahoo's girds. The design is very simplistic with most of the focus on Josh's art.

The real power of the store is the back-end. In future phases we will advance to the open source eCommerce solution, Satchmo. Right now we are doing basic inventory to track products coming in and going out. The "Complaint" department is a pretty neat side of the back-end which allows The Josh Kirby Estate, track refunds, damages, and returns.

User Registration
I installed the almighty usefull django-registration application. The registration user path is so: User wants to purchase a piece of artwork; User must create an account; User signs up for an account; User receives an activation key via email; User then uses that key to activate the account. This eliminates bots and other users that aren't really interested in purchasing. If a user does not activate their new account within 48 hours, the account is then deactivated. I will have to eventually implement some kind of CRON job.

It is great, I tell you, I couldn't be more happier with the outcome.

check out the store here.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Josh Kirby's Official Blog

The Josh Kirby Estate has hired me to help establish an online presents. I will be helping them in creating a integrated e-commerce platform for their online business. They are also committed to have me create a robust application to help facilitate their day-to-day needs. Today we launched one of the planned beginning phases of the 6 week project. You can check out their new blog here. These people are very creative, very fun, and very intelligent, I'm excited to have the opportunity to work with them and Josh's legacy.

Josh Kirby was an amazing, talented painter. He was one of the most sought after illustration artist of his time, samples of Josh Kirby's prolific career are found in illustrations for books by Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, and Alfred Hitchcock, and in film posters for Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, and Monty Python's Life of Brian to name a few.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Facebook Application

I'm currently working on my first Facebook application. It won't be much from the start, but hopefully it can evolve into something interesting. Here are a few links I've gathered so far. Most of these have nothing to do with Flash, they are php and AJAX concepts.

Build A Facebook  Application:

Creating a Facebook Application:

Facebook AS3 API Docs

Facebook Developers

Facebook Developers | Get Started

Python - Facebook Developers Wiki

Friday, January 2, 2009

Flasher Magazine

Lee Brimlow released his first issue video magazine, called The Flasher. Check it out here: