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Eric Florenzano trolls DjangoCon. He identifies problems with Django ranging from app structure, to settings, to the development process, to the community, and more. Some of the problems he identifies have been around since the beginning, and some are emerging as Django matures. It's not all gloom—the latter half of the talk focuses on proposals on how to tackle these issues that face Django.
Disqus, one of the largest Django applications in the world, will explain how they deal with scaling complexities in a small startup.
by Shawn Rider
PBS began development on its first Django project in 2006 using Django 0.96. PBS TeacherLine launched in 2007 and continues to run today. This talk will discuss the process for designing the PBS TeacherLine codebase, how new advanced features were added over the years, and pitfalls you can avoid when planning projects for longevity and easy maintenance.
With support right out of the box, Django is one of the most efficient ways of deploying a PostgreSQL-backed web application. We'll discuss techniques to get maximum efficiency out of PostgreSQL using Django, including schema design tips, Django ORM techniques, transaction management, and extending PostgreSQL.
by James Tauber
Typewar is a popular font-guessing game built with Django and Pinax. This talk will cover everything from game mechanics and statistics to development of an API for an iPhone client and from how we promoted and launched the site to the performance challenges we faced.
The most important part of Django is it's community of contributors -- without contributors, Django would never improve. However, as a newcomer to Django, the prospect of contributing may be somewhat daunting. This presentation will show you how to make the transition from user to contributor -- what to do, how to do it, and some guidelines on how to do the job well.
by Shawn Rider
As a Django novice, one challenge is understanding the full depth and power of the core Django modules. At PBS we have found that leveraging the features of Django's Forms module helps us create better code that is easy to maintain and facilitates future enhancements to our sites. This presentation will discuss some often overlooked features of Forms, helpful tips, and potential pitfalls.
The GIS features of Django aren't restricted to being applied to real world maps and planets. This talk will show how to display and interact with maps of imaginary lands, such as game maps or lands in science fiction novels. We'll uncover a bit of how Django GIS works in the process, separating the map display from the modeling.
by Jeff Balogh
In January of 2010 Mozilla started switching addons.mozilla.org (AMO) from CakePHP to Django. We see about 120 million web requests per month and 1.4 million visitors per day. This talk will be a case study of scaling and deploying a large website (and getting faster than PHP) with MySQL, memcached, virtualenv, Celery, Hudson, Redis, MongoDB, and more.
How to build great admin user interfaces while still leveraging the power of the Django's batteries-included admin.
A look at the large array of database types now available: where each one excels, why NoSQL isn't always best, and the best ways to integrate them into your Django project.
How would you model players, umpires and coaches in baseball data when the same person can switch roles over the course of their life? How about servers in racks with power boards attached (and cords running across the room to remote boards)? Come along to see one approach to create minimal and well-performing models for such real-life situations.
This talk is based on my popular series of blog posts highlighting applications from the community. I will highlight some of the best applications that the Django/Python community has put together, talk about places that are lacking, and talk about what these popular applications have in common.
Come one! Come all! Pay sixpence to see the freaks! Real Live Core Developers, answering questions for your edification!
by Jacob Burch
A panel to discuss the future of no-sql/non-related databases in Django.
by Shawn Rider
Message queues are a potential solution for any site that needs to facilitate robust asynchronous operations on your website including carrying out intensive or long-running actions or synchronizing off-site services. We will look at how PBS has used Celery and RabbitMQ to provide more reliable service and how to set up a robust message queue solution in a cloud hosting environment.
by Alex Gaynor
For the past few years the reusable application paradigm has been considered one of the major selling points of Django, however the common wisdom about what it means to make an application reusable isn't really accurate. This talk is going to discuss ways to truly make your applications reusable across *any* project.
A tour through four common "multiple database" usage patterns and how they can be implemented and utilised with Django. We'll talk about the strengths and weaknesses of each pattern and why you might not need any of them.
by Ben Firshman
Exploring the power of class-based views, their current status and how the concepts behind them can be applied to other areas.
Using tools such as Pylint, Nose, and Coverage.py with the Hudson continuous integration server to monitor your code quality.
7th–9th September 2010