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Showing posts from January, 2009

How-to: Setting up Google App Engine for Simple Sites

I wanted to find a simple way to publish a custom website or two for low cost, and settled on Google App Engine as the best current solution. This post focuses on getting an Eclipse environment up and running to debug and publish your Python and other code to Google App Engine.

I initially planned to do the site in Flex, but changed my mind after looking at SEO problems with Flash applications. It does look like there are solutions for getting search engines to index Flash content, but I haven't put in the effort to really explore them yet. My sites are (for the moment) done in plain old HTML with CSS. The only twist is that the Python code strings together several fragments of HTML code to build each page. (I'll talk about that in a later post.)

The Basics
I won't repeat what Nick Berardi already said in his great how-to post. Please check that out for step-by-step instructions on getting your own domain, creating an app engine application, and uploading your content wi…

Stupid Firefox Tricks

I encountered what I think is a bug in the way Firefox handles Javascript. The fix to the problem was simply not to use any Javascript in the body of the page, and I'd be interested to see if anyone else has encountered this.

The Problem
I found what appears to be a thoroughly annoying bug on Firefox, and I'm wondering if anyone else has seen something similar. I suspect that it may have something to do with my configuration, otherwise I should have seen some other mention of it.

I was trying to embed a Feedburner blog summary in a new website, and this worked fine in IE. If you've never tried it, it involves sticking a chunk of Javascript in the middle of your page. Here is a sample (replace all instances of "[...]" with "<...>"):

[html][body] other html...
[script src=""]

The script tag returns:

document.write('[div class="feedburnerFeedBlock&quo…