Encrypting Sensitive Data in SaltStack - Jan 05, 2018

SaltStack supports distributing sensitive data to minions using Pillars. While the "distribution" is secure, the pillar entries themselves are all in plain text files, unless you use GPG to encrypt them.

Handling the "N + 1 selects" problem in SQLAlchemy - Dec 17, 2017

Latency in database-backed web applications often results from too many database calls, especially when you have models linked using foreign keys and loading one kind of (parent) object entails loading a few other (child) objects. In this post we'll look at one way SQLAlchemy helps you handle such cases.

Speeding up Python using Cython - Nov 30, 2017

If you've worked with Python before, you probably know that it makes a trade-off between developer productivity and speed of execution. But what if you didn't have to sacrifice on speed and could still have the Python-level of productivity?

Tornado + SQLAlchemy - Aug 27, 2017

I spend a lot of time working with Tornado and SQLAlchemy. So I recently wrote a small module that provides a set of helper functions to make SQLAlchemy usage easier in Tornado applications.

Stuck in Vim - Jun 27, 2017

I had some free time on my hand on a 10 hour flight, so I built a small web app which can help you in case you're using Vim but don't know how to exit the editor. This is a story of how and why.