Creating animations with GSAP | GreenSock

As designers/developers, sometimes we face a project that requires animation. Could be a simple one, or the trickiest animation you have seen before. So, we need to use the right tool for the occasion, one that could bring us good performance without sacrificing its ...

Monkey patching in Python

A monkey patch, as defined in wikipedia, is a way for a program to extend or modify supporting system software locally (affecting only the running instance of the program). Why is monkey patching important? Because it allows us to adjust interfaces and modify behaviors ...

Pytesseract: Get started with OCR

Optical Character Recognition (OCR) is a system that provides a full alphanumeric character recognition on an image. The system allows extracting text from an image, to convert it later into an editable file. There are some open source libraries for OCR such as Tesseract, ...

Color Contrast: an accessibility primer for Interface Design

As designers and developers, we need to take into consideration all the people that reach our apps/websites, including the people that are visually impaired. Our creations should be, or at least try to be, suitable for them, including those with less than 20/20 vision. ...

Speed it up! Recommendations to make your Django app faster

Let's admit it, Django rules. It is simple, trustworthy, fast and it is written in Python. What else do you need? However, we tend to abuse its easiness and we quickly forget that an application grows; and with it the amount of code processed ...

Beeware: Write Apps with Python!

Writing apps is not a Python strength and there are not many tools doing this. For this reason, you don’t find desktop/mobile apps written in Python very frequently. Looking something that helps us to write apps, I find two tools that have this mission ...

Create your own Wiki with MediaWiki

A wiki can be a useful tool for your NGO. Learn how to create it for free, using MediaWiki. Wikipedia has become the biggest encyclopedia in the world. Its main characteristic is that anyone, anywhere, can create, edit or suggest changes to its content. ...

Getting your Toggl times with Python-toggl library

Toggl is one of the best time trackers in the market. It is simple, easy to learn and reliable. We have been using this tool on Swapps for more than three years and it has always been useful. Thanks to it, our performance has ...

How to create Django Data Migrations

Sometimes, you have a well defined structure in your database, but you have to refactor it . This refactor implies hard and sensitive changes that may break your database. that's where Data migration appears, to facilitate those changes. “As well as changing the database ...

Gestalt principles in Web Design

Perhaps, too many designers overlook the importance of psychology within the creative process and the impact that some of its principles has in the design choices that are made on a daily basis, whether printed or digital. In web design, these principles are effectively ...

Discovering Storybook

Storybook is a javascript library that allows you to test "visual components" by splitting the business logic from the context of the application. Storybook currently supports several frameworks and libraries such as: React, Vue, Angular, Mithril, Marko, HTML, Svelte, Meteor, and Ember. In Swapps ...

We were on PyCon Colombia 2019!

When I was just starting to work as a developer, I had the opportunity to go to a software event organized by a big company on Bogotá with some other members from Swapps. It was the first time I experienced this type of event ...