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Carl Meyer

Co-founder & back-end consultant, since

Carl is a co-founder and active developer-emeritus, providing counsel to the team. He’s a core developer of the Django Python web framework.

Carl is an active owner and developer-emeritus, providing oversight and counsel to the development team. He is a core developer of the Django Python web framework, an elected member of the inaugural Django technical board, former maintainer of the widely-used pip and virtualenv package management tools, co-author of multiple accepted enhancements to the Python language and ecosystem, and a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation. When not chasing more elegant algorithms, he chases frisbees, hockey pucks, and a pair of sons.

Open Source

Blend

Sass support for LCH, Lab, and more CSS color spaces

CSS Color Modules Level 4 & Level 5 include several new CSS color formats, new color-adjustment syntax, and a contrast function. Blend provides early access to many of these features, while working with Sass colors.

Cascading Colors

Dynamic & interactive color palettes using CSS

Generate dynamic and interactive color palettes. Define custom themes with CSS custom properties, allow user-adjustments with a bit of light-weight JS, and customize the underlying system with Sass.

Herman

Automated style guides

Design systems streamline development, communication, and consistency – but often rely on dedicated teams and extended budgets. We wanted a tool that helps create and maintain living style guides & pattern libraries in an agile process, and on a budget. Herman helps you keep your development process simple – and your UX consistent – as you scale over time.

Nunjucks

Sophisticated templating for JavaScript

A powerful markup templating language with block inheritance, autoescaping, macros, asynchronous control, and more. Heavily inspired by Jinja2, Nunjucks is fast, lean, highly performant, and extensible.

Accoutrement

Integrated design-system management in Sass

OddBird’s Accoutrement tools help keep design tokens meaningful to both humans and machines – opening the door for automation, while improving readability. These tools also integrate with Herman, our automated pattern-library generator.

True

Unit-testing for Sass developers

True is the only full-featured unit-testing framework designed specifically for the Sass language. Write your tests in Sass, compile them with Sass, and then (optionally) pass the results to a Javascript test-runner for command-line control and reporting.

Django

Python web framework

Django is a high-level Python Web framework that encourages rapid development and clean, pragmatic design. Built by experienced developers, it takes care of much of the hassle of Web development, so you can focus on writing your app without needing to reinvent the wheel.

Virtualenv

Virtual Python Environment Builder

A tool for creating isolated ‘virtual’ python environments.

Susy

CSS layout framework

Susy was a responsive layout engine for Sass, before flexbox and CSS grid were available. Susy is now deprecated, and will not receive updates. If you need help moving off Susy, or learning the latest in web layout, we offer training and consulting to help bring you up-to-date.

Pip

Python Package Installer

The PyPA recommended tool for installing Python packages.

2014 Resources

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    Python for Ada

    Donate to the Ada Initiative today to support women in open technology and culture. If we hit $10000 by Friday, Jacob and Alex and Jim and Carl will match your donations!

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    SQLAlchemy
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    PostgreSQL Transactions and SQLAlchemy

    SQLAlchemy defaults to implicitly opening a new transaction on your first database query. If you prefer to start your transactions explicitly instead, I’ve documented here my explorations in getting that to work.

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2013

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    2013 Wrap-up

    A brief review of 2013: OddBird, year six.

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2012

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2011

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