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So I signed the contract of engagement (I'm not employed by them, with all that entails) with the University. The work's nothing like what I was doing (infrastructure architect / devops / geek without portfolio) and is actually letting me flex my coding muscles.
the day's geekery )
Saw the hot IT support girl in Pret; bought her a coffee. She took me out to lunch again. I think she likes me.
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looking downcast )

Having said that, my desktop was in place and working perfectly when I popped in last week to pre-install it, and everything that depends on the local sysadmin and/or the local IT support girl (who is a total fox, incidentally, and who invited me out to lunch on my first day) has been done in plenty of time with nary a hitch.

Oh, for what it's worth, I'm pretty much convinced that the right thing to do is to throw away Django's ORM in favour of SQLAlchemy, because it does all this - and so much more - out of the box. Yes, type discriminants are ugly; but they are a necessary evil if you want your ORM to go fast (the alternative is a bunch of speculative joins; an approach that SQLAlchemy supports for a single database round-trip). What we lose, principally, is the admin interface (for the bits that don't use Django's ORM), and perhaps some of the manage.py capability. But it still looks worth it..!

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