Updates April 2010 Edition

Django tickets

There’s been only a little movement on the ticket (#13101) I patched for 1.2. However, there’s been some new developments on the ticket (#10809) I patched regarding authentication with mod_wsgi. There’s been a suggestion to add group based authorization to Django’s mod_wsgi auth handler. There’s still some debate as to whether to use Django groups or Django permissions.

Edit (November 30, 2012): Issue #10809 finally made it into trunk and the release notes for Django 1.5.

django-pyodbc is dead?

In a previous post, I talked about getting involved in django-pyodbc development. We are using django-pyodbc at work but the project is languishing a little bit. The project has never had a formal release, the documentation (other than source documentation) is a little light, and despite patches being submitted to get the code in shape for Django’s upcoming 1.2 release, nothing has been checked in by the developers. In fact, there’s been nothing on the project from the developers since January. I emailed the developers a few days ago offering to help and I haven’t heard anything back yet. I’d much rather keep the project together, but if I continue to get nothing I will probably branch the code line and begin development and maintenance. I’m not looking forward to having to find a Windows box on which to setup multiple versions of SQL Server but I’m hoping to be able to virtualize it.

Edit (June 23, 2010): The developers have gotten involved again and I killed my fork of the project.

RPC4Django updates

I’m planning to put some effort into RPC4Django this weekend and make a release in the next week or two. The main features I’m looking at is the existing blueprint in Launchpad to handle authentication out of the box. Other than that, I got a little feedback on the HTTP access control functionality back in January that I need to test. I also plan to rip out the existing documentation and go to a Sphinx based system. We’ve been using Sphinx at work and I’ve been very impressed with its capabilities.

Updates March 2010 Edition

This post is mainly going to be an update on what I am thinking and what I’ve been working on the past few weeks.


At the beginning of this year, I took a new position (same company) in a security group. Our primary focus is to ensure that the company is shipping secure, OSS compliant, legally compliant code. However, my specific role in that is to develop tools (with Django) to help in making sure that happens. This is an exceptionally interesting project and involves pulling in vast amounts of data (terabytes) from many sources (multiple VCS, multiple databases) and presenting it in a comprehensive manner. This project and my work has led to some good problems:

Some of our databases are MSSql databases. This is a problem since we’re a Linux shop. Pyodbc works great for connecting to MSSql from Linux, but unfortunately, there are some incompatibilities with django-pyodbc. In addition, the project doesn’t seem to be that widely used so it isn’t supported or documented as well as it could be. We are considering sqlalchemy/elixir as well, but I’ve been able to patch up django-pyodbc to get it (mostly) working with the Django trunk. I also have some concerns about the django-pyodbc project as a whole. I’m considering working on this project pretty heavily.

Also, as part of my work, a coworker and I detailed a security flaw we found with urllib2. It resulted in basic authentication credentials being sent to sites that did not request it (and weren’t running SSL).

Future of RPC4Django

I have been considering moving RPC4Django from my personal subversion repository to Google Code or Github. I feel that there are a few advantages of this:

  • It is easier for others to contribute and get involved.
  • A public bug tracker that would let other people easily raise issues instead of emailing me directly. This way we have public archives and the information can be found by anyone interested in RPC4Django.
  • If I were hit by a bus, some one could easily take it over

I might make a mailing list as well. Are there any strong opinions on this?