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An overview of the Django rapid application development framework. Topics include the history of the framework, an architectural overview, how to get started, and a brief comparison to Ruby on Rails.

An overview of the Django rapid application development framework. Topics include the history of the framework, an architectural overview, how to get started, and a brief comparison to Ruby on Rails.

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  • Survey: How many do web application development; in django; in rails
  • Lawrence, Kansas
    Since 1850’s
    Family run newspaper - currently run by someone who is 70 years old that does not use a computer - assistant prints out e-mails
  • Adrian: Chicago Crime, Coined the term “Database Journalism”
    Simon: Early work is part of many JS frameworks, Consultant on OpenID
    Joined by Jacob Kaplan-Moss
  • First online newspaper of it’s kind.
    Had a print edition of the website
  • “The CMS”
  • In a landscape of confusion - invent your own
  • Re-framed the perception of web development;
  • Various layers shouldn’t know about eachother unless absolutely necessary
    Code should lack boilerplate - Java
    Make tedious aspects fast - it’s just Python
    shouldn’t do much magic
  • Various layers shouldn’t know about eachother unless absolutely necessary
    Code should lack boilerplate - Java
    Make tedious aspects fast - it’s just Python
    shouldn’t do much magic
  • Various layers shouldn’t know about eachother unless absolutely necessary
    Code should lack boilerplate - Java
    Make tedious aspects fast - it’s just Python
    shouldn’t do much magic
  • Various layers shouldn’t know about eachother unless absolutely necessary
    Code should lack boilerplate - Java
    Make tedious aspects fast - it’s just Python
    shouldn’t do much magic
  • Various layers shouldn’t know about eachother unless absolutely necessary
    Code should lack boilerplate - Java
    Make tedious aspects fast - it’s just Python
    shouldn’t do much magic
  • Various layers shouldn’t know about eachother unless absolutely necessary
    Code should lack boilerplate - Java
    Make tedious aspects fast - it’s just Python
    shouldn’t do much magic
  • manage.py syncdb
  • Those too hip for non-relational databases will have to wait.
    Multi-DB support is coming.
  • Notice: more declarative programming
  • Notice: more declarative programming
  • You can generate these things dynamically
  • Middleware
  • Middleware
  • Middleware
  • Complete separation of logic and presentation - pain for things like Math or comparisons.
    Templates don’t need to be HTML - JSON, e-mail, text
  • Complete separation of logic and presentation - pain for things like Math or comparisons.
    Templates don’t need to be HTML - JSON, e-mail, text
  • Complete separation of logic and presentation - pain for things like Math or comparisons.
    Templates don’t need to be HTML - JSON, e-mail, text
  • Complete separation of logic and presentation - pain for things like Math or comparisons.
    Templates don’t need to be HTML - JSON, e-mail, text
  • PHP comparison doesn’t count.
    Really a Django Rails comparison
  • Who is the clear winner?
  • Curl.com
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    • 1. Jumpstart The Web Framework for Perfectionists with Deadlines CPOSC Rob Yates October, 2009
    • 2. Topics
    • 3. Topics • What is Django
    • 4. Topics • What is Django • History of Django
    • 5. Topics • What is Django • History of Django • Whirlwind Tour
    • 6. Topics • What is Django • History of Django • Whirlwind Tour • How to Get Started - Admin Demo
    • 7. Topics • What is Django • History of Django • Whirlwind Tour • How to Get Started - Admin Demo • Killer Features
    • 8. Topics • What is Django • History of Django • Whirlwind Tour • How to Get Started - Admin Demo • Killer Features • Application Re-use and Pinax
    • 9. Topics • What is Django • History of Django • Whirlwind Tour • How to Get Started - Admin Demo • Killer Features • Application Re-use and Pinax • Framework Death-match
    • 10. What is Django?
    • 11. What is Django? • Not a Gypsy Jazz Guitarist
    • 12. What is Django? • Not a Gypsy Jazz Guitarist • Web Application Development Framework written in and for Python
    • 13. What is Django? • Not a Gypsy Jazz Guitarist • Web Application Development Framework written in and for Python • Not a CMS System
    • 14. What is Django? • Not a Gypsy Jazz Guitarist • Web Application Development Framework written in and for Python • Not a CMS System • Sometimes called Python’s Ruby on Rails (RoR)
    • 15. It all started HERE Photo by Jeff Croft
    • 16. Simon Willison Adrian Holovaty
    • 17. PyCon 2005 Major topic: Why is web development in Python so hard?
    • 18. Jump to today: Guiding Principles
    • 19. Jump to today: Guiding Principles • Loose Coupling and tight cohesion
    • 20. Jump to today: Guiding Principles • Loose Coupling and tight cohesion • Less code
    • 21. Jump to today: Guiding Principles • Loose Coupling and tight cohesion • Less code • Quick development
    • 22. Jump to today: Guiding Principles • Loose Coupling and tight cohesion • Less code • Quick development • DRY
    • 23. Jump to today: Guiding Principles • Loose Coupling and tight cohesion • Less code • Quick development • DRY • Explicit is better than implicit
    • 24. Jump to today: Guiding Principles • Loose Coupling and tight cohesion • Less code • Quick development • DRY • Explicit is better than implicit • Consistency
    • 25. For Free!!! • Very Useful Admin CRUD • Templating - lots of useful rendering bits • Form Handling • i18n - full Unicode support • Sessions / User Auth / Role-based Perms • Object-Relational Mapping Beer photo by Lori Spindler
    • 26. Model View Controller
    • 27. Model View Controller Model View Template
    • 28. Models Templates App Views Models Templates App Views Site Models Templates App Views Settings URLs Django App Structure Templates
    • 29. Architecture RDBMS Storage ORM Fixtures Model Signals Forms Template URL Resolver View Template Loader Middleware Middleware Request Response
    • 30. Deep Dive: Models from tagging.fields import TagField class Post(models.Model): author = models.ForeignKey(Author) title = models.CharField(max_length=200) slug = models.SlugField(max_length=200, unique_for_month='pub_date') body = models.TextField() TYPE_CHOICES = ( ('rant', 'Rant'), ('tirade', 'Tirade'), ) type = models.CharField(choices=TYPE_CHOICES, max_length=50) pub_date = models.DateTimeField(auto_now_add=True) is_active = models.BooleanField(default=True) tags = TagField(blank=True, null=True) class Meta: unique_together = ('title', 'type') ordering = ['-pub_date']
    • 31. Architecture RDBMS Storage ORM Fixtures Model Signals Forms Template URL Resolver View Template Loader Middleware Middleware Request Response
    • 32. Deep Dive: DB API post = Post(title=‘Foo’, body=‘Bar’) post.type = ‘rant’ post.save()
    • 33. Deep Dive: DB API post = Post(title=‘Foo’, body=‘Bar’) post.type = ‘rant’ post.save() posts = Post.objects.all() posts = Post.objects.all()[:5] posts = Post.objects.filter(post_type=‘rant’) posts = Post.objects.filter(author__name=‘Rob’) posts = Post.objects.filter(author__name=‘Rob’). filter(title__contains=‘django’).order_by(‘type’) post = Post.objects.get(id=24)
    • 34. Architecture RDBMS Storage ORM Fixtures Model Signals Forms Template URL Resolver View Template Loader Middleware Middleware Request Response
    • 35. Deep Dive: Forms # Basic Form class ContactForm(forms.Form): subject = forms.CharField(max_length=100) message = forms.CharField() sender = forms.EmailField() cc_myself = forms.BooleanField(required=False)
    • 36. Deep Dive: Forms # Basic Form class ContactForm(forms.Form): subject = forms.CharField(max_length=100) message = forms.CharField() sender = forms.EmailField() cc_myself = forms.BooleanField(required=False) # Form based on a model class PostForm(forms.ModelForm): class Meta: model = Post
    • 37. Deep Dive: Views def posts_by_type(request, type): posts = Post.objects.filter(type=type) return render_to_response( ‘postsbytype.html’, {‘posts’: posts})
    • 38. Deep Dive: Views def posts_by_type(request, type): posts = Post.objects.filter(type=type) return render_to_response( ‘postsbytype.html’, {‘posts’: posts}) def new_post(request): if request.method == ‘POST’: form = PostForm(request.POST) if form.is_valid(): form.save() else: form = PostForm() return render_to_response( ‘mytemplate.html’, {‘form’: form})
    • 39. Architecture RDBMS Storage ORM Fixtures Model Signals Forms Template URL Resolver View Template Loader Middleware Middleware Request Response
    • 40. Deep Dive: URLs urlpatters = patterns(‘’, (’^my/favorite/color/$’, ‘blog.views.my_fav_color’), (‘^post/new/$’, ‘blog.views.new_post’), (‘^posts/(d{4})/$’, ‘blog.views.year_archive’), (‘^posts/(d{4})/(d{2})/$’, ‘blog.views.month_archive’), (‘^posts/(?P<slug>[a-z-]*)/$’, ‘blog.views.show_post’), (‘^events/$’, include(events.urls), )
    • 41. Architecture RDBMS Storage ORM Fixtures Model Signals Forms Template URL Resolver View Template Loader Middleware Middleware Request Response
    • 42. Architecture RDBMS Storage ORM Fixtures Model Signals Forms Template URL Resolver View Template Loader Middleware Middleware Request Response
    • 43. Deep Dive: Templates <html><body> {% if posts %} {% for post in posts %} {{ post.author }}: {{ post.title }} {% endfor %} {% endif %}
    • 44. Deep Dive: Templates <html><body> {% if posts %} {% for post in posts %} {{ post.author }}: {{ post.title }} {% endfor %} {% endif %} <form method=”post”> <table> {{ form }} </table> </form>
    • 45. Deep Dive: Templates <html><body> {% if posts %} {% for post in posts %} {{ post.author }}: {{ post.title }} {% endfor %} {% endif %} <form method=”post”> <ul> {{ form.as_ul }} </ul> </form>
    • 46. Architecture RDBMS Storage ORM Fixtures Model Signals Forms Template URL Resolver View Template Loader Middleware Middleware Request Response
    • 47. Getting Started • Pure Python - no compiled code • No dependencies (with the exception of the database adapter of your choice • Three-step install • D/L and extract tar • Run setup.py • Add django-admin.py to path (optional)
    • 48. Initialize Your Project $ django-admin.py startproject mysite $ cd mysite $ python manage.py startapp myapp $ edit settings.py and set DB Info $ python manage.py runserver http://localhost:8000
    • 49. Killer Features • Legacy DB • Generic Views • Test Framework • Template Inheritance • Multi-DB • Tempalte Filters • Geodjango • Humanize • Aggregation • Runs on Jython / IronPython • JSON Serializer • Stable API Promise • Google AppEngine! • Fantastic Docs
    • 50. Roll Your Own • Model Managers: Custom database API for views • Custom Template Tags: Easier to implement functionality without mixing logic/presentation
    • 51. Roll Your Own • Model Managers: Custom database API for views • Custom Template Tags: Easier to implement functionality without mixing logic/presentation • ORM Layer • Model Fields • Template Engine • Form Fields • Template Loader • URL Resolver
    • 52. Re-usable Apps and Pinax • Following best practices when creating your app allows others to plug in and use it • Search Google Code for *django* projects returns 1,987 results - many are apps • James Tauber created Django Hotclub to establish standards for app development and integration • Hotclub later become Pinax
    • 53. Framework Death-match Photo by Bruce Turner
    • 54. Death-match: RoR • URL Handling • RoR: RESTful with HTTP verbs • Django: RegEx-based URL patterns • JavaScript / AJAX • RoR: XHR helpers with RJS, prototype, scriptaculous • Django: JS framework agnostic / no helpers besides serialization
    • 55. Death-match: RoR • Unicode • Ruby traditionally has had issues - string is byte sequence • Python is fully Unicode since v1.6 (circa 2000) • i18n • RoR: Translations are copied - no fallback? • Django: Translations use GNU gettext-style localization - falls back to default language
    • 56. Death-match: RoR • Plugins • RoR: Rich plugin API and structure • Django: Re-usable applications • Automation / Build • RoR: rake is a rich scripting language for automated tasks • Django: manage.py can do some basic tricks - CLI
    • 57. Death-match: RoR • Jobs: Rails jobs out-number Django jobs 6:1 • Hype: Rails has done a fantastic job with marketing
    • 58. Death-match: RoR • Jobs: Rails jobs out-number Django jobs 6:1 • Hype: Rails has done a fantastic job with marketing
    • 59. Recap
    • 60. Recap • Django is easy
    • 61. Recap • Django is easy • Django is fun
    • 62. Recap • Django is easy • Django is fun • Django scales
    • 63. Recap • Django is easy • Django is fun • Django scales • Django is maintainable
    • 64. Recap • Django is easy • Django is fun • Django scales • Django is maintainable • Django saves small kittens
    • 65. Recap • Django is easy • Django is fun • Django scales • Django is maintainable • Django saves small kittens • It rocks - USE IT!
    • 66. Resources • http://djangoproject.com • Check out the tutorial! • http://docs.djangoproject.com • http://djangodose.com • http://www.b-list.org/ • http://pinaxproject.com • http://code.google.com/hosting/search? q=label%3aDjango
    • 67. Thanks! rob@robyates.org Twitter: @Rob_Yates http://robyates.org