Django Unleashed / Edition 1

Django Unleashed / Edition 1

by Andrew Pinkham Andrew Pinkham
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Pearson Education
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Pearson Education
Django Unleashed / Edition 1

Django Unleashed / Edition 1

by Andrew Pinkham Andrew Pinkham
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Django is an amazingly powerful system for creating modern, dynamic websites. But programming Django hasn’t always been easy–until now. Django Unleashed is your step-by-step, beginner-friendly guide to leveraging Django’s core capabilities and its powerful contributed library. You’ll learn in the most effective way possible: hands on, by building a fully functional Django website from scratch. You’ll even deploy the website to the cloud.

As you build your website, expert Django consultant and trainer Andrew Pinkham reveals how websites operate; how Django makes building websites easy; how to write Python code that leverages its immense capabilities; and how to build solutions that are robust, reliable, and secure. You’ll start simply and learn to solve increasingly challenging problems: mastering new features and understanding how Django’s architecture shapes their behavior, and gaining essential knowledge for working with any web framework, not just Django.

Drawing on his extensive experience teaching Django, Pinkham answers the key questions beginners ask most often. And as you gain experience, you’ll learn advanced techniques for enhancing site functionality and performance, strengthening security, promoting code reuse, and much more.

Detailed information on how to…

  • Quickly start a new Django project and establish a strong foundation for a growing site
  • Define how your data is organized and create a SQLite database to manage it
  • Quickly produce HTML with Django templates
  • Create dynamic webpages with Django’s URL patterns and views, including function views, class-based views, and generic views
  • Enable efficient, reliable data input with Django Forms and custom form validations
  • Understand the Model-View-Controller (MVC) architecture, compare it to Model-Template-Views, and gain a holistic understanding of Django’s structure
  • Write as little code as possible, simplify code reuse, and mitigate software decay by adhering to the Don’t Repeat Yourself paradigm.
  • Dive into Django source code to troubleshoot problems
  • Extend site functionality with Django’s contributed library
  • Protect your site with user authentication and permissions
  • Avoid security pitfalls such as SQL Injection, XSS, and CSRF
  • Optimize site performance
  • Deploy your site to a managed cloud service and to a PostgreSQL database

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780321985071
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 11/09/2015
Series: Unleashed
Pages: 840
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Andrew Pinkham is a software engineer and owner of JamBon Software, which specializes in web and mobile products and also offers Python and Django training. He prides himself on being an engineer who can communicate complex ideas in simple ways, and is passionate about security and distributed systems. In his free time, Andrew writes fiction and swims. A 2009 graduate of Dartmouth College, he can be found online at

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Starting a New Django Project: Building a Startup Categorizer with Blog
  • Chapter 2: Hello World: Building a Basic Webpage in Django
  • Chapter 3: Programming Django Models and Creating a SQLite Database
  • Chapter 4: Rapidly Producing Flexible HTML with Django Templates
  • Chapter 5: Creating Webpages with Controllers in Django: Views and URL Configurations
  • Chapter 6: Integrating Models, Templates, Views, and URL Configurations to Create Links between Webpages
  • Chapter 7: Allowing User Input with Forms
  • Chapter 8: Displaying Forms in Templates
  • Chapter 9: Controlling Forms in Views
  • Chapter 10: Revisiting Migrations
  • Chapter 11: Bending the Rules: The Contact Us Webpage
  • Chapter 12: The Big Picture
  • Chapter 13: Django’s Contributed Library
  • Chapter 14: Pagination: A Tool for Navigation
  • Chapter 15: Creating Webpages with Django Flatpages
  • Chapter 16: Serving Static Content with Django
  • Chapter 17: Understanding Generic Class-Based Views
  • Chapter 18: Advanced Generic Class-Based View Usage
  • Chapter 19: Basic Authentication
  • Chapter 20: Integrating Permissions
  • Chapter 21: Extending Authentication
  • Chapter 22: Overriding Django’s Authentication with a Custom User
  • Chapter 23: The Admin Library
  • Chapter 24: Creating Custom Managers and Querysets
  • Chapter 25: Handling Behavior with Signals
  • Chapter 26: Optimizing Our Site for Speed
  • Chapter 27: Building Custom Template Tags
  • Chapter 28: Adding RSS and Atom Feeds and a Sitemap
  • Chapter 29: Deploy!
  • Chapter 30: Starting a New Project Correctly

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