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.
7th–9th September 2010