The Definitive Guide to Django: Web Development Done Right [NOOK Book]

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This latest edition of The Definitive Guide to Django is updated for Django 1.1, and, with the forward–compatibility guarantee that Django now provides, should serve as the ultimate tutorial and reference for this popular framework for years to come.



Django, the Python–based equivalent to Ruby’s Rails web development framework, is one of the hottest topics in web development today. Lead developer Jacob ...

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Overview

This latest edition of The Definitive Guide to Django is updated for Django 1.1, and, with the forward–compatibility guarantee that Django now provides, should serve as the ultimate tutorial and reference for this popular framework for years to come.



Django, the Python–based equivalent to Ruby’s Rails web development framework, is one of the hottest topics in web development today. Lead developer Jacob Kaplan–Moss and Django creator Adrian Holovaty show you how they use this framework to create award–winning web sites by guiding you through the creation of a web application reminiscent of ChicagoCrime.org.



The Definitive Guide to Django is broken into three parts, with the first introducing Django fundamentals such as installation and configuration, and creating the components that together power a Django–driven web site. The second part delves into the more sophisticated features of Django, including outputting non–HTML content such as RSS feeds and PDFs, caching, and user management. The appendixes serve as a detailed reference to Django’s many configuration options and commands.



What you’ll learn


  • The first half of this book explains in depth how to build web applications using Django including the basics of dynamic web pages, the Django templating system interacting with databases, and web forms.


  • The second half of this book discusses higher-level concepts such as caching, security, and how to deploy Django.


  • The appendixes form a reference for the commands and configurations available in Django.




Who this book is for


Anyone who wants to use the powerful Django framework to build dynamic web sites quickly and easily.



Table of Contents


  1. Introduction to Django


  2. Getting Started


  3. Views and URLconfs


  4. Templates


  5. Models


  6. The Django Admin Site


  7. Forms


  8. Advanced Views and URLconfs


  9. Advanced Templates


  10. Advanced Models


  11. Generic Views


  12. Deploying Django


  13. Generating Non-HTML Content


  14. Sessions, Users, and Registration


  15. Caching


  16. django.contrib


  17. Middleware


  18. Integrating with Legacy Databases and Applications


  19. Internationalization


  20. Security




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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781430219378
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 7/7/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 536
  • Sales rank: 763,760
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Adrian Holovaty, a web developer and journalist, is one of the creators and core developers of Django. He works at WashingtonPost.com, where he builds database web applications and does "journalism as computer programming." Previously, he was lead developer for World Online in Lawrence, Kansas, where Django was created. When not working on Django improvements, Adrian hacks on side projects for the public good, such as ChicagoCrime.org, which won the 2005 Batten Award for Innovations in Journalism. He lives in Chicago and maintains a weblog at www.Holovaty.com.
Jacob Kaplan-Moss is one of the lead developers of Django. At his day job, he's the lead developer for the Lawrence Journal-World, a locally owned newspaper in Lawrence, Kansas, where Django was developed. At the Journal-World, Jacob hacks on a number of sites including lawrence.com, LJWorld.com, and KUsports.com, and he is continually embarrassed by the multitude of media awards those sites win. In his spare time�what little of it there is�he fancies himself a chef.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2008

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    I've been messing with Django for some time, and I've long awaited the release of this book. This is one of the few times I've painstakingly gone through all the code samples and replicated as many of the examples as I could. The book's chapters are laid out logically and the material is presented intelligently by the creators of the framework. br/ br/ The authors don't waste time and energy exhaustingly spewing rhetoric about how Django came to be, how they developed it and what their mindset is/was/will be. They just let you get to work, quickly be productive, and have fun developing cool stuff for the web. Which is the whole point of Django to begin with. br/ br/ It's not written with a total newbie audience in mind, so some experience with web work, databases and Python programming is helpful, maybe even necessary. But, with some elbow grease, an open mind and a little persistence, you'll catch on. Although the authors are partial to Linux and Mac environments, the book gives more path and settings examples in those OSes, as well as Windows. br/ br/ However, in criticism a scant few of the examples rely on a slightly older build of the framework, so some of the namespaces might be inconsistent with the book, and code snafus are spotty. I found myself hungry for more screenshots, which is a minor, but still desired shortcoming of the text. br/ br/ Nonetheless, the book is chock full of little tidbits and tricks to help you write less code that's more reusable. Best practices are enforced as far as maintaining the 'MTV' application architecture, including heavy doses of refactoring. As far as topics, Simon Willison's demo of building an intra-site search utility was what I found to be the book's coolest example. Other great chapters are working with non-HTML content, internationalization and working with Django's templates. The appendices are also phenomenal, making for an excellent books-within-a-book as a reference guide. br/ br/ In future editions of the book I'd hope to see more pragmatic app examples, more APIs and their capabilities cited, more 'one-off' utilities built, and perhaps even an app developed consistently across chapters to bring the whole thing together and reinforce the concepts. br/ br/ This book is without doubt essential reading for getting down with Django.

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