An incremental bugfix release was done for Djangos 1.4.x-1.7.x. The older ones are pretty minor, but there's a laundry list of fixes in 1.7.1 that are worth checking out.
For the first time, the Django Software Foundation is paying two "fellows" (Tim Graham and Berker Peksağ) to work on Django. Their weekly reports show they've already done some serious housekeeping in the first few weeks.
Michael Manfre, Collin Anderson, Tom Christie, and Curtis Maloney (aka FunkyBob) joined the Django core team. These additions are more focused on outstanding community members than past additions which have been centered around contributions to Django core.
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Links of Interest
It looks like DjangoCon will be transitioning to a 100% community run conference (similar to PyCon) next year. If you've been hesitant to volunteer in the past, consider reaching out now.
We had a live Django Q&A last month. The video is online as well as some discussion on Reddit .
Aymeric Augustin's successful crowdfunding campaign for multiple template engines in Django has reached it's first milestone. The DEP (Django Enhancement Proposal) outlines the implementation plan.
Django Girls has been picking up lots of steam lately. They've added a bunch of new stories to their list of "badass ladies who use Python or Django". They also opened a chat room on gitter.im .
Some techniques Tom Christie uses to ensure data integrity in large Django applications.
Julia Elman and Mark Lavin's O'Reilly book is available for purchase. It covers using Django as a backend for client-side MVC frameworks, including topics such as REST APIs and websockets.
The free online book, Tango with Django, has a new version for Django 1.7 in draft phase online.
Python testing guru, Harry Percival, shows you how to make a simple Python decorator and use it on a Django view.
Frank Wiles outlines his front-end development setup for Django including tools like bower, gulp, livereload, and django-compressor.
JSON web tokens provide an alternative to cookie-based authentication. This is the second in a two-part post showing you how to plug it into Django and AngularJS.
Answering the question, “How do I setup a Django project from scratch?”. Newly updated for Django 1.7.
A great post from Twilio on bringing your Django apps up-to-date with the latest and greatest.
Curious how Django compares to other popular Python web frameworks? This post is a nice high-level overview of what each one brings to the table.
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