How to serve Django Statics (and not go insane)

By Admin | Wed, Nov 21, 2012 @ 10:03 AM


It’s crucial for a website like ours to be as responsive as possible. One of our goals over the last couple months has been to improve our website’s performance. Not that page load time was particularly slow for a single page web-app, but we knew there was room for improvement. This post will take a look at some of the steps we took to improve performance.

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Single Page Web Apps with Backbone.js

By Admin | Thu, Mar 15, 2012 @ 10:20 AM

About a month ago, we decided that we needed to give the front-end of a face-lift. The site looked a bit dated, and it just didn’t feel as snappy as we wanted it to. All pages were rendered almost entirely on the server, and only a couple of places used Ajax to pull in data asynchronously. In parallel to this, we were also in the process of releasing our developer API which we knew badly needed hardening before we would be willing to open it up to the developer community.

Seeing an opportunity here, we decided to re-build the front end of our site using a single-page application model. The goal was to leverage the API as much as possible in the process to iron out the finer details. As it turns out, not only did this serve us well in our efforts to create what we think is a pretty good API V1, it also changed the way we go about creating great web applications for our users.

What follows is an explanation of the things we learned along the way. Hopefully it will help you to do the same.

REST + Backbone = Gravy

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The SendHub API: Heroku for Twilio

By Admin | Thu, Mar 08, 2012 @ 10:00 AM

Today we are excited to launch our API - the easiest and fastest way to integrate text messaging into your app. You can be up and running in minutes not days, so head over to our developer page to get started.

We’ve been working on Twilio’s superb platform since we started SendHub last year. It’s extremely powerful and we think it’s going to be as important to the Web as Amazon’s AWS. However, we know most developers don’t have enough time to make a pot of coffee, let alone build their own Twilio app to integrate texting. The developer community is important to us; many friends have lent us a hand with SendHub when we needed it, so we decided to open up our API for all of you.


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Switching to Heroku: A Django App Story.

By Admin | Fri, Feb 03, 2012 @ 07:36 PM

We didn’t plan to migrate to Heroku for another month as there were plenty of other things on our plate. 

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