Django 1.5 brings in some great new features including the long awaited, configurable user model! "Experimental" Python 3 support landed and the docs have received a facelift as well. Don't forget about the new
setting when you deploy. I've already seen a few people bitten by this. See
PyCon is next week and the sprints run March 18-21. A whole bunch of core developers will be in attendance. Follow progress on the
Django Development Dashboard
or, better yet, join
on the Freenode IRC network and chip in!
Most production Django deployments spend a surprising amount of time just connecting to the database server. This post outlines some add-on connection poolers and the work going into reusing database connections in the upcoming Django 1.6.
Django Suit is a modern theme for the Django admin based on Twitter Bootstrap. It supports all of Django's built-in widgets and adds a few of its own niceties to the mix. Free for personal use and reasonably priced for commercial projects.
Django's de-facto third party database migration tool, South, is great, but it doesn't fit everyone's needs. Chase Seibert built a new migration tool with some different core assumptions about the way migrations are managed. As an aside, Andrew Godwin, South's creator, is talking about
kickstarting the Django schema-migrations branch
to make projects like this easier in the future.