I'm a big fan of proper unit testing with mocking. So I'm pretty disappointed when we run across a unit that is not only not mocked properly, but results in real-world consequences outside the testing environment. One case we've run into couple of times now is tests that are making actual outbound HTTP requests to remote servers. Since clients don't necessarily like getting fake information posted to their servers every time you run tests, I figured this was a good time to get to the bottom of this.
I've been huge fan of Django's class-based views (CBVs) since I first tried them out in Django 1.4. While they're much more complicated then the classic function based views, once you understand how they work, they're much more powerful, flexible and allow for DRYer code. I highly recommend anyone who hasn't delved into CBVs take a look at Class Class-based views or GoDjango.
This is going to be a fresh attempt to start blogging again on a regular basis. I plan to share development and brewing experiences, open-sourcing in both cases whenever possible.
Posted by: Jeremy Satterfield