by Dylan Reinhardt
Django is a powerful open source web framework that leverages the expressive power of the Python programming language. Each piece is well-documented and there are tutorials showing how to create small pieces of functionality. But that's the small picture... how do you leverage Django's power and flexibility to solve real-world business challenges?
I'm a developer tasked with exactly this responsibility. I develop and manage systems for a small (but growing) consulting firm that needs to deploy powerful web-based solutions quickly and cheaply. Django is frequently my tool of choice.
105 minutes isn't nearly enough to fully explore Django, but it might be just the right amount of time to show how an experienced Django developer would plan and execute a solution to a real-world problem. I have a couple different projects in mind, but I expect that the elements of a good project would include:
For purposes of the session, I'd be assuming a "stock" Django installation with the standard templating, ORM, etc.
This would assume familiarity with Python and Django basics, but no experience beyond the basic tutorials.
by Andy Grover
John Ousterhout, the inventor of TCL, observed that languages could be grouped into "scripting" and "system" categories, with very few falling in-between.
I believe not only that all working programmers should be familiar with at least one of each, but that familiarity with scripting language X will make one a _better_ programmer in system language Y, and vice versa. This talk will discuss the lessons each has for the other, using C and Python as primary exemplars, but also touching on other popular languages from both camps, and those that have attempted to bridge the gap.
17th–19th June 2009