November archive

Django Book: One week later

November 6, 2006

Wow, we couldn't be more pleased with the feedback we've been getting for The Django Book. When we launched last week, it hit the front page of Digg for a while, it hit del.icio.us popular and it was talked-about all over the Web by Django fans and non-Django users alike.

But most importantly, we've gotten hundreds of helpful inline comments on the first two chapters, including almost a dozen typo fixes and wording suggestions within the first couple of hours! We've been rolling the suggestions into the book as time allows and removing the relevant comments from display after we've incorporated the suggestions, so as not to confuse readers. Many thanks to the dozens of contributors so far.

Moving along, we've posted Chapter 3, The Basics of Generating Web Pages. After two introductory chapters, this is starting to get into the meat of Django. Chapter 4 should be coming later today, or tomorrow at the latest, as we're still putting the finishing editing touches on it for public release.

Keep the great suggestions comin'!

UPDATE: We've added Chapter 4. It's quite long and may cause some JavaScript slowness; we'll look into this, possibly splitting it up over two pages.

Presentation at Harvard

November 2, 2006

A couple of weekends ago, I had the pleasure of presenting at a two-day Ajax / Web development seminar at Harvard University with fellow Django creator Simon Willison and Dojo wizard Alex Russell. The event, "Deep Ajax," was put on by the Greater Boston Chapter of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery).

The Django presentation went well, and I've posted the slides online:

It's an intro to Django with a focus on how to do Ajax. It's more of a typical PowerPoint presentation than we Django guys usually do. Code snippets, yes. Funny pictures, not so much.

These presentations are available under the GNU Free Documentation License. Feel free to use them (or snippets of them) in your own presentations.