February 23, 2009
As part of the Django 1.1 release process, tonight we've released Django 1.1 alpha 1, a preview/testing package that gives a little taste of some of the new features coming in Django 1.1. As with all alpha and beta packages, this is not for production use, but if you'd like to try out some of the new goodies coming in 1.1, or if you'd like to pitch in and help us fix bugs before the final 1.1 release (due in March), feel free to grab a copy and give it a spin.
You can get a copy of the 1.1 alpha package from our downloads page, and we recommend you read the release notes. Also, for the security conscious, signed MD5 and SHA1 checksums of the 1.1 alpha package are available.
Our next stop will be the 2009 US PyCon in Chicago where, among other things, we'll be running development sprints targeted at producing a feature-frozen 1.1 beta package (for a full 1.1 roadmap, see the 1.1 alpha release notes).
February 20, 2009
PyCon's consistently among the best technical conferences in the world. The conference is chock-full of interesting talks about everything Python, and the unofficial parts of the conference (the "hallway track," open spaces, sprints, etc.) are even better.
As with previous years, Django will be very well represented at PyCon.
James Bennett and I will be teaching a tutorial, Django in the Real World, covering all the stuff you need to do after you've written your app. The tutorial's filling up, so if you're interested I recommend registering soon.
New to PyCon 2009 are invited speakers: a select group of fantastic Python speakers invited to drop some knowledge. Adrian is one of the invited speakers, and he'll be giving us all a look behind the scenes of EveryBlock.com. I'm really looking forward to this!
Then there's a whopping nine talks covering Django, including talks on Pinax, Google App Engine, Django on Jython, a panel discussing ORM design, and a talk with what has to be the most awesome title ever: Searching for Neutrinos Using Python at the Bottom of the World.`
Adrian and I will also deliver a "State of Django" talk discussing where the project is, and where it's going.
Finally, after the talks end, the annual development sprint begins: four solid days of hacking! Anyone interested in working on Django is encouraged to attend, and note that the sprints at PyCon are open to anyone, not just PyCon attendees. So, if you're in Chicago feel free to stop on by!
Early-bird registration ends in just a couple of days, so make sure to register soon to take advantage of the discounts!
Hope to see lots of Djangonauts there!
February 11, 2009
EuroDjangoCon 2009 will be held in Prague, Czech Republic from May 4th to May 6th. The conference will be followed by two days of development sprints (May 7th and 8th).
Robert Lofthouse is once again the organizer and conference chair; he's got an awesome set of speakers lined up. Keynoters will be Blaine Cook (Osmosoft), Joe Stump (Digg), Leah Culver (Six Apart), and (ahem) yours truly.
Hope to see you there!