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Sep
18

Calculating BMI in Python

If you ever need to calculate Body Mass Index (BMI) in Python, here’s how… -acv

Sep
3

The Problem with Using an HL7-based Format for Blue Button

I’d rather not compete with HL7, but the current state leaves me no choice but to speak up. Yes, it would be a step in. . .

Aug
25

Get the Latest Object or a 404 in Django : get_latest_object_or_404

The get_object_or_404 is a handy Django shortcut. It keeps my views shorter. In my case however, I had the need to get the latest object.. . .

Jun
10

Less Bad is Mo’ Better – Thoughts on Last Week’s Health Code-a-Thon

Last weekend I participated in a code-a-thon sponsored by Health 2.0 and Kaiser Permanente. The goal was to develop applications that help fight obesity. My. . .

Jun
10

Useful Tip for Port Forwarding Apache (or other Web Server)

Problem You are working on a remote web server where you do not have have access to view the web servers content on port 80.. . .

May
8

How to get SASS going on Ubuntu 10.04

I found that “Ruby 1.8″, packaged with Ubuntu 10.04, does not seem to run SASS out of the box. This is my recipe, cobbled together. . .

Apr
30

Exploring DocNPI.com’s API

DocNPI is a website and web service for searching information in the National Provider Index (NPI) Registry. The NPI Registry is maintained by HHS and. . .

Oct
14

Fetching Django’s Model’s ‘verbose_name’ and/or Form’s ‘label’ Attribute

Problem: You want to display some information in a database record in Django, but you also want to display the field’s verbbose name.  In other. . .

Aug
19

OMHE Microsyntax for Medical Device Interoperability: An Open-Source Alternative to the Continua Alliance

OMHE (Open Mobile Health Exchange), pronounced “ooommm” is an open-source microsyntax for medical devices, mobile text messaging, Twitter®, smart phones, and any system capable of. . .

Jul
20

Django Production Deployment: How to Make Apache2 mod_wsgi and virtualenv for Python Play Nice

Problem: You are a good little Python developer and you use virtualenv in your Python development.  If you aren’t using virtualenv you’re doing it wrong.. . .

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