Django 1.4.8, Django 1.5.4, and Django 1.6 beta 4 were released last week. They fix an easily exploitable issue with the password hasher that could lead to a denial-of-service attack. It is recommended that to upgrade immediately.
Malcolm Tredinnick, a core Django developer, passed away in March of this year. To commemorate his life and contributions, the Django Software Foundation will be awarding a monetary prize annually "to the person who best exemplifies the spirit of Malcolm’s work - someone who welcomes, supports and nurtures newcomers; freely gives feedback and assistance to others, and helps to grow the community."
Django's docs landed a new page all about how to optimize performance. Topics range from caching to databases to improving HTTP performance. This is a great resource for people who are looking to squeeze more out of their web servers.
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If the official performance docs weren't enough for you, here's a post from Disqus on how they handle 45k requests per second with Django. By leveraging a Varnish cache in front of their app servers, they significantly reduce the load on their systems and handle their massive traffic without toppling over.
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A great post by Tobias McNulty at Caktus Group about how to get Django's logging functionality playing nice with Graylog2, a centralized logging server.
A mostly light-hearted discussion on the history of the Django Pony and what it means to the Django community. For some more insight, listen to the man responsible, Bryan Veloso , on our weekly podcast.
A chronicle of one web developer's journey from PHP to Python. The developer refers to Django's tutorial as, "probably the most career-enhancing tutorial I've ever completed."
An in-depth screencast walking you through installing PTVS and using the various options and features it includes. Topics include the REPL, debugging, reformatting, and profiling. If you're a Windows user, PTVS is worth a look.
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