Springtime for Django

Posted by James Bennett on April 12, 2008

Spring has returned to the northern hemisphere, and everything's coming up Django. Here's a rundown of what's going on in the wide world of Django:

PyCon 2008 (March 14-16, with sprints the following week) in Chicago had a healthy Django contingent; the official "Birds of a Feather" session was packed, as were the two Django tutorials held the day before the conference and the four Django-related talks during the main conference session:

Slides from the two three-hour Django tutorial sessions are also available:

After the conference proper, the week-long sprint session yielded a lot of development activity; though there was plenty of code checked in during the sprint, the big win at a conference like PyCon is the ability to get developers together in a room to talk about features and hold design discussions that might otherwise involves weeks of back-and-forth posts on the developers' mailing list. Some highlights of the sprint were discussions for newforms-admin and for model-level validation to complement and improve the validation Django's form library offers for web-based input.

In addition to the fun of PyCon, there's been a flurry of interesting Django-related activity in the past few months:

And, of course, Google announced App Engine, a massively-scalable application hosting service which debuted with support for developing and hosting Python applications on Google's distributed infrastructure, taking advantage of the same BigTable database engine that powers Google's own web services. And Django is available right out of the box.

Meanwhile, Michael Trier has revived the tradition of weekly Django roundups, and launched This Week in Django, a podcast which has regular interviews with interesting folks from the community, useful tips for application developers and weekly summaries of Django development activity.

And if you prefer your Django in dead-tree format, there are two books already on the shelves:

And two more have been announced:

Both are scheduled to be published this summer.

Also this summer, O'Reilly will be holding OSCON 2008 in Portland, Oregon; as always, expect to see a contingent of Django developers and users hanging out, meeting up and talking Django.

In the meantime, Django development will keep on rolling; if you'd like to help out, check out the documentation on contributing, hop onto the django-developers mailing list or the development IRC channel, and join the fun.

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