He or She? Or: The basics of (binary) classifier evaluation

Of all the amazing scientific discoveries of the 20th century, the most astonishing has to be that “men are from Mars, [and] women are from Venus”. (Not that the differences weren’t obvious pre-20th century, but it’s always good to have something in writing.) If indeed the genders do originate from different planets, then surely the […]

Avoiding query code duplication in Django with custom model managers

For a second, please imagine we are building the next big social network. We decide that our “revolutionary” new app shall allow its users to create profiles. Besides a mandatory user name and avatar, we consider a profile complete only if the user also supplies an email or physical address (or both). In other words, […]

Spring-cleaning your (Arch) Linux system

Disclaimer: Some operations mentioned in this post are potentially destructive and irreversible. Be sure to back up all your important data before proceeding. Note: This post is written from the point of view of an Arch Linux user. Most steps presented below should nevertheless translate well to other distributions. Through the usual course of their […]

Validating constraints across multiple form fields in Django

After all fields of a Django form have been validated in isolation, the Form().clean(self) method is called to conclude the validation process. This method is meant to house validation logic not associated with one field in particular. For example, let’s suppose we have an application where our users can order gourmet-level cat & dog food. […]

Where to define and instantiate associated models in Django

For the sake of example, let’s consider the following UML diagram describing two model classes and how they are interrelated: We can see that there are two classes, User and UserProfile, with a one-to-one association between them. That is, each instance of class User is associated with one and only one instance of UserProfile and […]

Streamlining radio buttons and checkboxes with CSS & Font Awesome

The appearance of radio buttons and checkboxes differs greatly between browsers. Luckily, there are a number of ways to streamline the look of these input elements across browsers. One of them involves a combination of HTML, pure CSS and Font Awesome icons. HTML structure & icons The required HTML structure consists of a <label> element […]

Writing an ISO disk image directly from the Internet to a device

Disk images tend to be large yet available disk space remains a scarce resource even in times of multi-terabyte devices. For this reason, it can still be handy to retrieve a disk image from the Internet and write it to a device without having to temporarily store it on your disk. The below command will […]