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When creating websites or applications, Python-based Django is an ideal framework to assist in clean scaffolding architecture. With the rise in popularity of client side MVC frameworks, such as Angular.js, Ember.js and Backbone.js, it can be a difficult decision to make when selecting whether Django is the right fit for your project. Questions like, "How can we integrate these client side MVC frameworks into our current Django infrastructure?” and "Where does Django fit into all of this?” frequently come up when making these decisions.
Lightweight Django serves as a guide for intermediate Django users to hone their skills in leveraging it’s efficiency and utilities. Authors Julia Elman and Mark Lavin walk you through several projects, demonstrating how to create everything from creating Flask-like micro applications to building RESTful API’s architecture for a large scale project.
Julia Elman is a designer, developer and tech education advocate based in North Carolina and has been working her brand of web skills since 2002. Her creative nature drove her to find work at Hallmark Cards, Inc in 2007 where she worked on projects such as the Product (RED) campaign and Hallmark’s site re-design. From there, she took a dive into Django as a Junior Designer/Developer at World Online in Lawrence, KS. In early 2013, she helped start a local chapter of Girl Develop It and empowered over 600 members to learn computer programming. She also helped organize the 2013 Teen Tech Camp, where 20 local teens learned Python programming in a one-day event. Julia is the Front End Engineering Instructor at The Iron Yard school in Durham, NC.
Mark is a lead Python/Django developer at Caktus Consulting Group in Carrboro, NC. He also runs a small homebrewing website written in Django called brewedbyus.com. He came to Python web development after a few years pricing derivatives on Wall Street. Mark maintains anumber of open source projects primarily related to Django development and frequently contributes back to projects used by Caktus. When he isn’t programming, Mark enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, brewing beer, and running.