Automate Docker Image Versioning with Jenkins

Versioning your Docker images is a good practice that will make them easier to deal with, whether they are used only privately or are offered to the public. With each iteration of an image, regression is always a possibility. To prevent the disruption of services for yourself and others, it is always a good idea to maintain a stable versioning system. By using semantic versioning, we are able to categorize our iterations clearly and allow the subscriber to choose which they want.

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How to Dockerize Node.js

Dockerizing your application makes things like development, deployment, distribution, and continuous integration much simpler. Today, we will look at how to run your Node.js application in a Docker container, using Docker Compose to further facilitate the process. See last week’s post, How to Dockerize Django and Postgres, if you are interested in doing the same for your Django application.

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How to Dockerize Django and Postgres

Docker is an invaluable tool that makes things like setting up your local development environment, continuous integration, and deployment a breeze. Docker is good to set up early on for any application, but it is never too late. With the help of Docker Compose, we are going to set up a Django application to install and deploy itself on any machine with only one command.

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How to Optimize Your Django REST Viewsets

The combination of Django and the Django REST framework is powerful. With just three classes (a model, a viewset, and a serializer), you can have a basic CRUD endpoint up and running. Although it is easy to get set up, it is also easy to end up with a view that makes hundreds of unnecessary database queries. As database queries are relatively slow, we want to avoid them as much as possible. In order to do this, we will follow Tip #4 from my Django ORM Optimization Tips post:

4. Use select_related() and prefetch_related() when you will need foreign-key/reverse related objects.

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Normalize Your Django REST Serializers

When dealing with models with nested relationships, it may initially make sense to serialize them in a nested format. However, you may soon discover that this has a couple of potential issues.

  1. This structure can result in a lot of duplication in the serialized data, especially for many-to-many relationships.
  2. Since those objects are nested, you don’t have them all in one place for easy referencing or updating. Working around this requires tedious iteration and transformation.

These issues are especially pronounced in Javascript applications that use state methodologies or technologies like Redux. Redux applications work much better when your data is normalized. Normalization facilitates cleaner code, makes updating state simpler, and ensures that the fewest possible UI components are forced to re-render due to such updates.

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Case-Insensitive Fields in Django Models

If you are trying to figure out how to create a case-insensitive field for your Django models, there are several ways to go about it. If you don’t care about preserving the actual mixed-case version, you can simply convert your strings to lowercase before they get saved to the model. If you are using PostgreSQL and don’t mind a database-specific solution, you can use CITextField or similar. Otherwise, read on.

Some solutions online involve adding or customizing manager or queryset functions. While this may work okay at a basic level, it isn’t a complete solution, and doesn’t actually prevent you from inserting a duplicate case-insensitive value.

I have discovered a solution that is clean, enforces case-insensitive uniqueness, and works for all Django lookups that have case-insensitive versions.

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Combining Inherited Django Forms in the Same FormView

This week, I discovered the power of Django’s generic editing views and was eager to try them out. I had two forms; one inheriting from the other. I could have them each in their own view, but for a better user experience, I wanted it all to happen on one page by allowing the user to toggle the extra fields. Today, I’m going to show you how to combine inherited forms or models in the same view with some Django magic and a little Javascript.

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Simplifying Django Forms with Decorators

Overview

Django forms make getting input from your users a quick and easy process. They handle generating markup, validating input, and type-conversions; mostly leaving you to focus on your business logic. Today, I’m going to walk you through an example inspired by the Django docs, and show you how it can be standardized and simplified in order to reduce code duplication and further speed up your development process.

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