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Here I'll be sharing insights from my professional experiences and studies in data science and web development. There'll be plenty of Wagtail, Django and Python, a bit of JavaScript and CSS thrown in, and more on data science & engineering. There might even be a bit of time for some project management and business analysis too.

I'll also provide insights into how this site was made, as well as code examples and thoughts on how those could be further developed.

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Adding MapBox Blocks to Wagtail Stream Fields

Adding MapBox Blocks to Wagtail Stream Fields

MapBox is an extremely versatile GIS tool that can be used not only for mapping and route planning, but also for presenting and analysing many types of GIS data. Setting up Wagtail map blocks using MapBox presents a few challenges. I'll go over how to set up nested streams, how to overcome the problem of unique element IDs in recurring HTML blocks, and how to pass data structures from Django's backend to JavaScript functions.

Passing Data from Django & Wagtail to JavaScript the Safe Way

Passing Data from Django & Wagtail to JavaScript the Safe Way

Passing data from Django/Wagtail to JavaScript code is a common necessity, but often done in a way that will leave your site open to HTML injection and XSS attacks (cross-site scripting). A quick flick through blog posts, editorials and forums (including the ubiquitous Stack Overflow) will yield a raft of dodgy solutions including rendering inline JavaScript directly into the template. Oddly, the safe way to do this requires far less coding and allows you to pass complex data structures without the faff and without exposing your site to unnecessary risk.

Upgrading to Wagtail 3.0

Upgrading to Wagtail 3.0

Wagtail 3.0 is out with a lot of significant changes in architecture requiring code updates. The biggest work I found was the change in the way custom edit panels are handled in the admin interface which isn't well documented yet. Here are some examples I worked through to get up and running.

Wagtail Introduction

Wagtail Introduction

Wagtail is a leading open source CMS utilising Python and the Django framework. Tens of thousands of organisations worldwide, including Google, Mozilla, NASA, and the British NHS are now using Wagtail. In case you're new to Wagtail, and looking to learn as a developer, I've gathered some great learning resources here to get you started.