It feels like 1.5 was just released, but 1.6 is already nearing completion. Major features include better (more secure) default settings and persistent database connections. If you weren't already running a database connection pooler, 1.6 should provide a noticeable speed increase on many sites.
You'll still have to wait for the talks, but if you're curious about what a Django conference held outside under circus tents might look like, check out a few videos from the event. Even a few
seasoned conference-goers said this was
the best event
they've ever attended
Heroku is probably
PaaS for deploying Django these days. Django co-BDFL, Adrian Holovaty outlines some issues he had with Heroku and how, with a little upfront work, he's developed a workflow on AWS that gives him many of the same benefits of Heroku. An interesting side-note, the other BDFL, Jacob Kaplan-Moss, recently
joined Heroku as their Director of Platform Security
-- pretty sure they're still friends though ;)
Django REST Framework is fast becoming the go-to API library for Django. This post introduces it and some of the concepts that make it tick. It also introduces another package that provides automated documentation to your API similar to Django's
There have been a flurry of admin interface skins released lately. Django Admin2 has a slightly different goal. It aims to re-write the Python code underneath the admin to make it easier to modify and more extensible. This project would facilitate the effort to skin and modify the admin.
Wondering to yourself, why do we need another admin? In this post, a
developer outlines the problems with the existing Django admin and how it could be improved (leading to the same conclusion as the Django Admin2 folks).
blog post with some tips and tricks to sending email from inside your Django project. It includes tips on template organization and backgrounding the sending of email to keep your site speedy.