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I ran across a quirk of CSS recently, related to the box model, that struck me as counter-intuitive behavior. To be honest, it's an issue I've repeatedly run into over the years that I've always bumbled my way around, and never fully understood.

Consider this simple example of a <div> element with a child <p> element that has top and bottom padding. Read more...

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Deploying a website is a pain. Using a "simplified" service, e.g. Heroku, it's still a pain but you don't learn very much. I learned that firsthand when I deployed my first Django project using Heroku. When the process was complete, I felt I had learned vaguely how to use Heroku's tools, and next to nothing about deployment in general.

For my next project, I decided to use a service that could provide me with only a Unix box and force me to do everything else. I went with DigitalOcean, as it offers an inexpensive basic server and met my needs.

DigitalOcean provides some helpful guides for getting started, but I quickly ran into caveats and outdated information that could be very frustrating. Read more...

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