Yak 4000 ¶
After three years of PHP and WordPress on shared hosting, I decided to make the switch to a web host where I could use Python. I chose WebFaction and got my hands dirty creating a design for a new website all my own.
Yak 4000 is the product of my own design and lots of my programming — Django does the heavy lifting. It uses PostgreSQL as a database backend.
The name "Yak 4000" comes from my username, theY4Kman, which is often read as "the Yak man", but actually means "the Year 4000 man". So, I merged the two in order to create a memorable name centered upon the greatest animal living on the earth (and will be living on the earth in 2000 years).
I worked as an engineering intern for three months at this beautiful beautician site. The engineers are incredibly brilliant. They are a Django house, making use of many open source libraries and even returning the favour by pushing development on libraries such as satchless.
I wrote a generic CSV contacts importer, a discounts system, and various other smaller projects.
LinkDestruct takes a URL and, optionally, a number of views and/or a time limit, then gives you a link you can hand out. Users can visit the link and will be transferred to the URL specified, much like a URL shortening service, such as bit.ly or tinyurl. When the link has been viewed X number of times, or the time limit is up, the link becomes inactive. This allows you to have more control and security over your links.
The outcome of an offhand joke, YakPics is a picture blog that contains only pictures of yaks. A more whimsical description can be found on the YakPics about page.
YakPics supplied a unique problem to dealing with Django, because it uses the same templates and code as Yak4000, but exists on a different domain. I solved this problem by simply redirecting all requests for yakpics.com to y4kstudios.com/yaks/ in the backend.
BrowserID is a great authentication system which uses a public-key handed out by an identity provider (commonly an email provider) to encrypt a handshake string server-side, which is then sent to the client, who decrypts it using the private key, and completes the handshake by sending the decrypted string back to the server.
Developed by Andrew Miller, blockplayer recognized block structures in 3D space, utilizing a generic depth-sensing camera (we used an Xbox Kinect). Andrew and I worked together to design and execute a user study involving the construction of various shapes.
Partway into development, I decided to hook the script up to Minecraft, using the CraftBukkit server, the Bukkit API, and a Python script which handles the blockplayer data and sends it over a socket to the Bukkit plug-in. At first, it was just a simple 1:1 building area — place a Duplo block and a block was placed in the Minecraft world. Eventually, it developed into a Brain Wall type game, entitled "Hole in the Blocks". With that terrible name, our demo video was born.
Population 94,000 ¶
Population 94,000 is a "webiseries" on YouTube centered around the lives of three aspiring filmmakers, Grant, Jake, and Mali. The concept is that for his eighth grade visual arts project, a student is documenting the film the three are trying to make. Shenanigans ensue as the three egocentric filmmakers try to push their ideas out.
I wrote the website in Python using the Django framework, utilizing the lovely django-syncr library to update the list of episodes.
Sickles AFJROTC Website ¶
The Sickles High School AFJROTC commissioned the web design students to create a website for them. Sean Dill, Elliott Blowers, and Garrett Taylor were chosen, and I joined in to do all the programming. Alexia Czyzowski drew the Gryphon logo.
Comicget is a Python script that downloads series of URLs. It accepts a format URL (e.g., "google.com/%N") and different ranges of numbers/dates, and downloads them using wget. It is useful when downloading comics or other ordered items from the web.
After exhausting all the todo list management possibilities on Linux, and finding nothing that suited my needs, I decided to create my own.
I created TaskYak in Python, using ePydoc for documentation and the GTK toolkit for its GUI. I documented the program extensively, learning that there is such thing as too much documentation -- there was more documentation than code!
Download or view the source at lp:taskyak
Joomla! Documentation ¶
View the document online at: Mootools Tips and Tricks (http://www.scribd.com/doc/2299965/Joomla-v-15-Mootools-Tips-and-Tricks)