Saving keystrokes

Happiness comes from small victories. In order to save on unnecessary typing, I’ve made a few shortcuts in Django for my most common “python” commands.

For example, my test command is longer than most because I use a different settings file for tests to keep the environments separate. So I popped open an editor and created this:

python test $* –settings=settings_test

Save as something short — like ‘ts’, then make executable

chmod u+x ts

Now instead of typing python test … , I can simply type ./ts and be done with it. Note that things like ./ts my_app also still work

Last step: update your repository to ignore these files so you don’t accidentally piss off any others you’re working with.