Instant Django 1.5 Application Development Starter
By Mauro Rocco
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Released: February 2013
Pages: 78

In Detail

Django is a high-level Python application framework built for development speed and accuracy. With a flatter learning curve than most frameworks, Django quickly enables you to create elegant, performant applications.

In this book you will jump into Django by creating a web application step by step. Offering you a quick but comprehensive immersion into the world of Python development, Instant Django 1.5 Application Development Starter begins with a practical exploration of the framework's powerful mechanisms and tools and finishes your journey by taking you through the creation of one sample application.

In "Instant Django 1.5 Application Development Starter" you will learn how Django's components work together. You will get familiar with the powerful template system, and will discover how easy it is to generate a web administration interface for your project. You will learn how to work with user authentication, forms, and session management.

Through this book you will learn everything you need to know to create stunning web applications in a very short time, taking advantage of all the beauty and power that Python has to offer. If you want to start building serious web applications using Python, this book is all you need.

Approach

Get to grips with a new technology, understand what it is and what it can do for you, and then get to work with the most important features and tasks. This book is written in a practical Starter style with lots of helpful screenshots and step-by-step tutorials which will guide you gently into the world of Django.

Who this book is for

This book is for Python developers who want to jump into the world of Django. If you want to create awesome Python web applications without sacrificing speed then this book is for you. This book will also appeal to people learning Python who wish to hit the ground running and develop Python applications quickly and efficiently.

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  • Concise
  • Easy to understand

Cons

  • Price To High

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This book is for beginners for people that never read an online tutorial about Django.
Is true that most of the content can be found also online and for free but this book really guide you by hand to all the main features of Django getting you ready for the next level.
A downside is that probably the price is to high for the amount of content.

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from Oakland, CA

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Comments about oreilly Instant Django 1.5 Application Development Starter:

The internet is a magical thing. One can discover a new technology, become engrossed in it, purchase more information, and almost immediately become disappointed.

But first, let me give just a tiny amount of background:

In 2001, at the age of 20, I purchased the book "Server Load Balancing" published by O'Reilly. Being the hotshot Linux admin that I was I decided to branch out into networking. With the past performance of tomes like "DNS and Bind" under their belt I felt assured in the quality of my acquisition.

I was wrong.

It was the worst book on computing that I had and have ever read. For the first half of "Instant Django 1.5 Application Development Starter", I thought "Server Load Balancing" had been unseated.

24 hours ago I began using Django. I immediately used the project's online tutorial and was delighted. Seeing a recent publication on the newest version focusing in a similar tutorial style I was over the moon and purchased it immediately. The first half of the book mirrors the online tutorial so closely that I sincerely hope the author was a contributor to the documentation. The near constant sense of deja vu was so strong that coming across the "render_to_response" method (versus the "render" method used in the online tutorial) I was ecstatic to see something new. It turns out that in version 1.3 (keep in mind, this was published for v1.5) "render" became a shorthand for the old method. My quickened pulse returned from giddiness to seething anger.

The second half of the book improves. It covers in more detail the minutiae of templating and handling of form data in better detail than it's online counterpart. Then again many of these facts could also be gleaned from the "advanced" tutorials.

The session handling was much appreciated and lip service to nginx and deployment were just that.

All in all I'm not so infuriated as to demand my money back. For the casual user picking this book up off the shelf at a book and mortar store (and thus not reading this review) the book would be a great companion. Anyone who cannot save the tutorial pages to their computer may find this volume essential. For those with a copy of Firefox handy you will find the competing tutorials offered gratis by the Django Project likely ample for your needs.

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