Two month milestone

flowering tree in Childs Park

Monday marked two completed months with the National Priorities Project. Though these weeks haven’t produced much writing, they’ve been a whirlwind of learning:

  • Python
  • Django
  • MySQL
  • The joy of setting up a proper Windows dev environment using the above three items
  • Piston, a tool for powering APIs through Django
  • Linux
  • Git/Github
  • The Federal Budget process
  • The Consolidated Federal Funds Report , a huge annual file of government expenditures.
  • Various other indicators about the state of our union: gas emissions by state, average teacher salaries, people in poverty, insurance enrollments, etc.
  • Finally, I’m NPP’s interim Twitterer, a fascinating distraction.

One day soon I’ll write a Dummies Guide to Setting up Python/Django/MySQL on Windows post. In the meantime, it’s great to be back in the hands-on tech saddle.

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2 Responses to Two month milestone

  1. Julie June 29, 2011 at 12:08 pm #

    If it will encourage you, I would LOVE to read a Dummies Guide to Setting up Python/Django/MySQL on Windows. I’ve had my issues trying to set up MYSQL on my home PC for personal use. I just gave up. 8-) There’s only so many hours in the day and I couldn’t even tell you just where I went wrong.

  2. Becky July 27, 2011 at 4:57 pm #

    Hi Julie,

    Just wanted to say thanks for the prod–I really do want to get around to the Dummies guide! Full disclosure: after doing all the setup work, I decided that the PC Python/Django/MySQL setup wasn’t the best development solution, given the structure of my work environment/projects.

    That said, I think it’s fine for learning the language/framework.

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