April archive

Monday notes

April 24, 2006

  • This Wednesday, Django dev Jacob Kaplan-Moss is speaking about Django at Google, for a Silicon Valley-San Francisco Bay Area Python Interest Group event.
  • A Ruby fan like the idea of magic-removal and says "when does rails get some love?"
  • Use Django? Add yourself to the Django world map, courtesy of frappr.com. It's pretty fantastic to see those map markers spread all over the world.
  • Bill de h├ôra: "After this merge, Django 1.0 can't be far off. Sweet. It's an *excellent* framework. This will take a lot of doubt out of the whether Django is ready and when."
  • St. Joseph Media, Canada's third largest publisher of consumer magazines, has been cranking out Django-powered sites and adding them to the Django-powered sites page with so little fanfare that I almost missed 'em. Toronto Life, Fashion 18 and Canadian Family look great!
  • The finalists for Editor and Publisher's EPpy awards for interactive media -- a pretty big deal in online journalism -- have been announced, and eight of the 32 categories contain at least one site that uses Django. One category ("Best Internet News Service under 1 million unique monthly visitors") even pits two Django-powered sites against each other! Slowly, but surely, newspaper sites are figuring out Django is the best way to go.

Call for testing: magic-removal branch

April 20, 2006

If you've been involved at all in the Django community over the past few months, you're no doubt familiar with a sexy, yet elusive, phenomenon known as the "magic-removal branch." It's a new version of Django, begun a couple of months ago, that makes several sweeping changes to the framework to improve its usability and remove unnecessary "magic."

That branch has been marked as "for developers/hackers only" -- until now. Today we're freezing feature additions to it and encouraging people to start using it as a brief beta test. Come one, come all -- check out magic-removal and let us know if you find any bugs or other issues.

Over the next week, we'll be concentrating on fixing any remaining bugs and -- more importantly -- updating ALL of the documentation. Documentation is one of Django's strongest selling points, and we don't want to risk having inaccurate docs.

We're aiming for a merge to trunk on next Friday, April 28. (For you non-techies, that means we'll convert the main Django code repository to use the magic-removal code and switch all development permanently to that Django code base.) That should give us enough time to work on documentation and iron out last-minute bugs. We should release Django's next official release -- 0.92 -- shortly thereafter, assuming all is well.

The RemovingTheMagic wiki page has all you need to know about the magic-removal branch.

Or, you can just Google for "magic removal". Number one hit, baby! Yes, it's even above this strange magic carpet removal video and a host of Web sites for "magic" stain- and hair-removal products.

Please feel free to ask questions in IRC (#django on irc.freenode.net) or the django-developers mailing list.

Spreading the word

April 12, 2006

I'm presenting Django at a couple of conferences and organizing a meetup in Palo Alto, CA. I hope I'll see you there!

First, I'll be presenting Django at the MySQL Users Conference (April 24-27 in Santa Clara, CA). My session will be on the last day of the conference.

I suspect there are quite a few Djangoists in the Bay Area, so I'm organizing a meetup in Palo Alto. If you live (or will be) in the area, I hope you can make it.

Next, I'll be giving two sessions at OSCON (July 24-28 in Portland, OR): a three-hour in-depth tutorial session and a 45-minute overview session at the general conference. I'll also try to organize a meetup in Portland as well; stay tuned for details as OSCON gets closer.