July archive

DjangoCon & Django 1.0 updates

July 29, 2008

A couple of quick updates:

DjangoCon tickets

Tickets for DjangoCon will be made available in a couple of batches of 100 tickets each. The first set of tickets will be available at 12:00pm (noon) UTC on Thursday, July 31st, and the second set will be released at 6:00pm UTC on Friday, August 1st. We’ll add a registration link to djangocon.org at those times.

Update: tickets are sold out.

We’re very sorry that we couldn’t accommodate more attendees; we’re limited by a tight schedule and a limited budget. The good news is that all the talks will be videotaped and made available online for those who can’t attend.

Django 1.0 release schedule

We’ve been plowing ahead towards Django’s 1.0 release in early September. Since last week’s 1.0 alpha release we’ve continued to make some pretty nice improvements, including more flexible syntax for admin registration, support for custom cache backends, and “else” option for the “ifchanged” tag, and — the biggie — support for intermediary models in many-to-many relations.

We plan to release Django 1.0 beta in about a week. This first beta release will mark feature-freeze for 1.0, so this weekend’s sprint will be critical in getting the final features for 1.0 wrapped up and out the door. We’d love to have your help this weekend!

Django 1.0 alpha released!

July 21, 2008

In accordance with the Django 1.0 release roadmap, tonight we've released the first "alpha" testing version of Django 1.0. This release includes all of the major features due for inclusion in the final Django 1.0, though some lower-priority items are still scheduled to be included before the 1.0 feature freeze, which will occur with the first beta release next month.

To grab a copy of the 1.0 alpha, head over to the Django downloads page, and be sure to read the release notes. Please keep in mind, though, that this release is not meant for production use, and is intended primarily for developers who are interested in checking out the new features in 1.0 and helping to identify and resolve bugs prior to the final release. The 1.0 alpha will not receive long-term support and will not be updated with security fixes, since its main purpose is to serve as a stepping-stone on the path to the final Django 1.0 release.

The next step on that path will be the first Django 1.0 beta release, currently scheduled for August 5. If you'd like to help out, please review our documentation for contributors and feel free to join in one of the development sprints scheduled for the run up to 1.0; the full schedule is available in the Django 1.0 release roadmap.


July 18, 2008

This is a quick PSA for Django users following Django’s development version.

At today’s sprint in Sausalito we’ll be making a series of backwards-incompatible changes with an eye towards the 1.0 alpha release next week. These changes have been planned for some time, but today we’ll be making them all at once.

So expect some big changes over the course of the day. We’ll post a summary of the results of the sprint tonight.

Of course, if you aren’t too busy today, come join the sprint!

Django at OSCON

July 17, 2008

Next week is OSCON in Portland, Oregon. As in past years, Django will be well represented there. If you’re attending the conference, there’s some pretty solid-looking talks in the Python and Web Applications tracks (including a couple by Yours Truly).

The real fun at OSCON begins after the microphones get turned of, though, and this year’s no exception. For anyone at OSCON, or anybody who’ll be in the Portland area next week, we’ve got some awesome Django-related meetups and events scheduled:

  • Tuesday, July 22nd, at 7pm: Django drinkup at Jax Bar. Come meet other Djangonauts at OSCON and the area on the Jax Bar rooftop patio. Getting to Jx Bar from the OSCON is easy: take any MAX train downtown and get off at Morrison/SW 3rd Avenue, then walk a tiny bit south and you’re there. Jax is on the east (river) side of the street on 2nd in between Yamhill and Taylor (Google Street View).

  • Wednesday, July 23, 6pm: FOSCON. FOSCON is Ruby gathering, but this year they’re holding a friendly competition among Rails, Django, and CakePHP developers; one team per framework. If you’d like to participate in the competition, get in touch with Michael Richardson at richardson.michael.t -at- gmail.

  • Thursday, July 24, 8pm: Beerforge! Not a Django event per-se, but Beerforge one of the main OSCON parties, and you can expect to see a lot of Djangonauts there.

[Thanks to Michael Richardson for writing up this event list.]

Of course, even if you can’t make these events, if you’re at OSCON please come say hi! I’ll be there all week, as will Simon; we love hanging out and talking with fellow Django users.

See you in Portland!

Support the Django Software Foundation

July 14, 2008

A short while ago, we announced the creation of the Django Software Foundation, a non-profit organization that exists (among other reasons) to sponsor Django coding sprints and other events for our community.

Now, we're kick-starting the foundation by holding a fundraising drive.

With Django 1.0 around the corner, our immediate goal is to raise enough money to support the upcoming pre-1.0 coding sprints, which bring developers together in the real world for highly productive design and programming sessions. After the 1.0 release, we're planning to fund regularly scheduled sprints, user meet-ups and other community events.

It sounds a bit cheesy, but: with your help, we can make these things happen.

If you enjoy using Django and believe in our mission and goals, please consider making a donation:


For more information, see our donation FAQ or our more general foundation FAQ. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have more questions.

And, attention companies! We're also forming a corporate sponsorship program. If you represent a business that would like to join the DSF as a sponsor member, please let us know.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled program(ming). Thanks for tolerating this fundraising announcement; we'll try to keep these to a minimum.

DjangoCon 2008

July 13, 2008

For the past year or so, people have been asking for us to hold a conference all about Django. Putting together a conference is an imense amount of work, so it took us a while to get the ball rolling. However, over the past couple of months we've found a few good volunteers who've taken on the task of planning a "DjangoCon," and now the dream is a reality!

For the details, I'll turn this space over to Robert Lofthouse, the conference chair:

I am pleased to announce that DjangoCon will be held on the 6th and 7th of September, 2008 at the Google headquarters in Mountain View. This will tie in with the 1.0 release of Django, and so we'll be also having a 1.0 release party on Saturday September 6th.

All the details including a schedule of speakers will be made available when we launch the conference website on Friday. Space will be limited to about 200 attendees, so we'll be releasing tickets in batches to give everyone a chance to come to the conference. Admission will be free, but we'll be asking for an optional donation to the Django Software Foundation to help cover our costs.

Thanks to everyone who has been helping out, and also thanks to Google for working so hard to get everything done!

I look forward to seeing those that can make it! It's going to rock!

— Robert Lofthouse, Conference Chair

Sprinting to the finish

July 11, 2008

Django 1.0 is about two months away — time to get cracking!

Update July 15: added details about the August 1st sprint, which will be in Washington, DC.

To help get everything done by the deadline, we'll be holding a series of sprints. Over the next six weeks we'll hold sprints in Sausalito, Lawrence, Austin, Washington, DC, and Portland, and virtually all over the world.

Each sprint day we'll devote at least 24 hours of focused work. Each sprint will be on a Friday, though work will likely continue at a fair clip into the weekend.

Anybody is invited to participate and contribute. If you've never contributed to Django before, this is a perfect way to start.

If you're interested, check out our page all about Django development sprints, and check out the details of each particular sprint:

We hope you'll join us — in person, or virtually!