Facebook-style Previews

I was thinking about how facebook updates parse out the url, then construct a nice looking preview. I think what it takes is scanning the textarea for a url, and then using ajax to tell the server to fetch a summary of the page at the url. get the data back, and insert it into a template, and reveal it.

This is a republication of a post from January 2012. I would not write it this way today.

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How to Add a REST API to an Existing Django Project

This is a note I wrote to myself about how to add Django REST Framework to an existing project. It’s in PDF format, for reading. I didn’t have the time to create a real tutorial that builds up the API, or produce a really useful API. The intention is just to outline what parts get defined and how they work together.

http://riceball.com/d/files/django%20rest%20api%20-%20adding%20to%20existing%20project_0.odt

http://riceball.com/d/files/django%20rest%20api%20-%20adding%20to%20existing%20project_0.pdf