Saturday, July 18, 2009

This Isn't a Pure Python Blog

I've been getting some flack about my Ruby-related posts showing up on Planet Python. On the one hand, I have never intended this to be a pure-Python blog. On the other hand, since most of my readers come from Planet Python, I surely don't want to upset them.

I work at two startups. One uses Python with Pylons. The other uses Ruby on Rails. This puts me squarely in both camps. In general, I try to code in and blog about as many technologies as I have time for. Hence, you'll often see posts about weirder things like Haskell, Erlang, Oz, etc.

I can understand how it would be frustrating for some people to read about Rails on Planet Python. In fact, I got kicked off of Planet Haskell because I spent too much time blogging about Python! Now, I could probably wax philosophic about the increasingly insular nature of programmers in our industry, but given how many times I've made fun of Java, it probably wouldn't do me any good ;)

If you have any advice, I'd love to hear it. I'd hate to create separate blogs, because all of these topics together are part of who I am and what I do. One of my heroes is Isaac Asimov, and that guy would write about anything! I see that there is a way to view just my Python posts: http://jjinux.blogspot.com/search/label/python. However, I don't see an atom feed for that. I've asked the guys on Planet Python for advice concerning this issue.

In the meantime:

If you have read my blog in the past, and you enjoy it, and you don't mind my occasional posts on weird things like Ruby, Oz, Haskell, etc., please consider subscribing to my blog directly: http://jjinux.blogspot.com/

Oh, and as usual, thanks for reading!

23 comments:

Doug Hellmann said...

Blogger automatically creates separate feeds for each tag you use on the blog, so you could just submit those to the planet aggregator sites instead of your main "unified" feed.

Or people could just lighten up, but you don't have as much control over that. :-)

Shannon -jj Behrens said...

Thanks, Doug. I couldn't find the URL for the separate feed. Can you tell me where it is?

Paul Bonser said...

Write about as many different programming languages as you like. I subscribe to your blog directly already. Screw those other guys :)

Seriously, though, there really should be a feed per category or tag...

jimGR said...

unfortunately, I dont think there is such category feed url on blogspot.

But surely you can use a yahoo pipe which only fetch feeds of python category or move to wordpress which does offer category feeds.

Shannon -jj Behrens said...

Haha, thanks Paul.

jimGR, I was thinking of something along those lines, but I wasn't sure if Yahoo Pipes or something else would work.

I'm hesitant to switch to WP for two reasons: 1) it crashed spectacularly on my buddy last night 2) I have so many stories here and so many links to here on jjinux.blogspot.com 3) I really like having someone else worry about admining the servers my blog runs on ;)

jimGR said...

oups!
There it is!!!
http://jjinux.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default/-/python

(in my latest research havent found a solution, this time asking google gave a straight answer)

Shannon -jj Behrens said...

Awesome. Thanks! I'll give that to the Planet Python guys.

Martin Aspeli said...

I suspect a lot of Planet Python readers could benefit from seeing more of what's going on in Ruby land. Since you're also a noted Python developer, at least I'm very interested in what you have to say about Ruby.

Shannon -jj Behrens said...

Thanks, Martin. If that is the case, then be sure to subscribe to my blog directly. Planet Python was just updated to only include my Python posts.

Happy Hacking!

Calvin Spealman said...

Many of my favorite blogs through Planet Python are those that balance the areas they cover and give me an insight into other things I don't have the time or exposure for. Thanks for your contribution to that!

Shannon -jj Behrens said...

Yeah, I agree. I love it when I can read about some guy I trust learning something totally wacky. It's interesting to see what he comes up with. That's why I keep writing "$random_language from a Python Programmer's Perspective" posts.

infixum said...

Hmm . . . too bad folks are complaining.

It's weird, I saw a known Python proponent in the consulting space getting negative comments on his blog lately too (I think he mentioned Java and it offended someone).

What's weird is there's a bunch of politcal and social commentary on the planet and no one seems to mind.

Whatever, please keep blogging. I like your blog.

Carl T.

Shannon -jj Behrens said...

Thanks, Carl.

Lennart Regebro said...

Recommendation: Move to Wordpress. They have migration support. Wordpress.com is just WAY better than blogspot in all ways, including actually having separate feeds for separate tasks. I migrated one of my blogs not long ago, an even set up redirect from blogspot to Wordpress, so it's all pretty painless.

It really does keep the Planets more useful if you actually are on topic...

Wyatt said...

If you were constantly posting about some fad diet, that might be a problem, but I appreciate the technical diversity of your blog. I also don't mind the occasional post by Planet-Pythoners about political and social topics. In fact, without those posts PP would feel less human and would be a lot less interesting.

Paddy3118 said...

Having both Python and Ruby active projects going gives you the unique oppertunity to praise them collectively :-)

Their should be a lot of stuff that applies to both languages collectively.

- Paddy.

Titus Brown said...

+0.5 ruby posts. If it gets out of control, we'll let you know ;).

Marius Gedminas said...

Another Planet Python reader here who doesn't mind occasional posts about other languages.

(Disclaimer: my blog is aggregated on Planet Python and on Planet Maemo, and it's hard to only post about the intersection of the two topics, so this situation may influence my desire to tolerate more topical diversity on planets.)

dcreemer said...

I enjoy reading the all topics on your blog. Please keep everything in Planet Python and/or let us know when things change.

Also, a summary of your opinions on using Pylons vs. Rails would be nice to read.

Shannon -jj Behrens said...

> Recommendation: Move to Wordpress. They have migration support. Wordpress.com is just WAY better than blogspot in all ways, including actually having separate feeds for separate tasks. I migrated one of my blogs not long ago, an even set up redirect from blogspot to Wordpress, so it's all pretty painless.

> It really does keep the Planets more useful if you actually are on topic...

Thanks for the advice. I figured out how to give a Python-only feed to Planet Python. I think I'll stick with Blogger until I have another reason to change. WP totally bit my buddy in the butt the other day.

Shannon -jj Behrens said...

> I enjoy reading the all topics on your blog. Please keep everything in Planet Python and/or let us know when things change.

Thanks for reading. Things have changed. If you want to keep reading about all my wacky adventures in programming, you'll have to subscribe to my blog directly.

> Also, a summary of your opinions on using Pylons vs. Rails would be nice to read.

Pylons is cool, but Rails is a much larger community and has a lot more features. I really like Rails. My buddy, Ben Bangert, will probably never forgive me for saying that :-/

Noah Gift said...

To be honest, your blog is often more interesting than Planet Python. If they banned you, I would ban Planet Python.

Shannon -jj Behrens said...

You're very kind.