September 17, 2007
If you're reading this, then you're looking at the new home of djangoproject.com.
Django's adoption has skyrocketed over the last six months or so, and with the added popularity has come increasing traffic to this site — we're doing close to eight million hits each month, and growing. While the increased interest couldn't make us happier, it made the old, cranky server running the site incredibly upset. Over the past weeks we've been looking around for a new home, and I'm glad to say we found it:
About a month ago, Media Temple generously offered to take up hosting our site. They've given us a screamingly fast dedicated server, free hosting, and wonderful support. Even better, this is only Media Temple's first step into the wonderful world of Django; they've got some very cool Django hosting plans coming in the near future.
We're very excited about the things we'll be able to do with our new, more powerful server. In fact, we've already started: this weekend, Matt Croydon and Joe Heck set up the Django Buildbot which has already helped us catch a few nasty bugs. We're really looking forward to finding other areas in which our newfound power can help us develop Django faster and better.
So, once again, a big thanks to Media Temple — and especially Chris Lea — for their support.
Bonus points to anyone who gets the reference for the title...
September 6, 2007
On Friday, Sept. 14, 2007, we're going to hold a worldwide Django sprint -- an excuse for people to focus their undivided attention for a full day (or two) on improving Django.
We've got a bunch of features that are almost done but haven't yet been committed/merged -- including newforms-admin, ORM aggregate support, multi-DB support and GeoDjango. Plus, we've got almost 1,000 open tickets in our ticket system. We plan to devote at least 24 hours of focused work to get some of this done in an organized fashion, and also to encourage new people to contribute. If all goes well on Friday, we'll probably continue to Saturday.
Anybody can participate and contribute, and there's no obligation or expectation. If you've never contributed to Django before, this is the perfect chance for you to chip in.
More information is on the wiki page.
Most participants will likely be working from their own homes/offices in their respective countries, but a few of us in the U.S.A. will be meeting in person for more effective communication and momentum. We have tentative plans to congregate at the Google offices in Chicago and the main Google headquarters in Mountain View, California -- but in order for those plans to be firmed up, we need to provide a realistic headcount to the Google folks. Hence, if you're available to sprint and want to join us in person from either Chicago or Mountain View, please let me know as soon as you can.
All participants -- not just those meeting in person -- are encouraged to add their names to the wiki page.