Query count pitfalls and how to avoid them

If you notice that your Django application is running slowly, the first place I always recommend looking is at how many SQL queries you’re running. Even in simple applications, there are likely to be easy opportunities to reduce your query count that result in a significant performance improvement. In this blog post I’ll cover some common pitfalls, some best practices, and how to measure the number of queries you’re making.

Printable Little Weaver Paper Airplane

This week Little Weaver is sponsoring DjangoCon alongside other supporters like Mozilla, Caktus, and the Python Software Foundation. We’re sending both our colleague Stephen and something small for every participant. Last year we included notebooks printed by Scout Books. This year we’re sending a single sheet of paper, but it’s an exciting sheet of paper.

A Note from A Little Weaver

One of the things that drew me to Little Weaver nearly a year ago was the unique and clear set of values that the collective holds.

Dancerfly turns 1!

One year ago today we announced our public beta version of Dancerfly - at the time a brand-spankin’-new dance event managment platform. Little Weaver was a relatively fresh company and dedicating hours of work to an internal project was a leap of faith. We decided to develop a tool like Dancerfly because of our shared interest in building a more vibrant dance community and our own involvement in organizing dance events.

Evolution of a Marketing Page

It turns out that there’s a lot more to setting up a platform than just writing the code. And most of it we didn’t know when we made the first commit on February 20, 2014, despite having worked professionally in web design & development for over five years! I’m going to focus on the evolution of our marketing strategy and materials. I hope this’ll be helpful to other non-sales folks who are looking to create and market their own product!

Dancerfly Beta

We’d like to announce the public beta of Dancerfly, our dance event management platform! Here are some screenshots to celebrate the occasion!


I’ve seen a lot on Facebook recently about the Heartbleed bug with a lot of different information. I imagine some people are having trouble sorting the signal from the noise in this matter. I’m not a security expert, but I am a devoted security amateur, so with that in mind, here is my analysis and recommendations.