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 hÓra: "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.
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.
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!
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.