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Links of Interest (Video Edition)
There's so many great videos out there post-Pycon. Add these to your playlist:
Django, the Good Parts
Django's release manager, James Bennett, discusses some of his favorite parts of the Django stack including it's HTTP handling and "conservative" approach to features.
Django for Web Designers and Front End Developers
A tutorial on starting with Django for people without any experience in back-end programming.
So you want to be a full-stack developer? How to build a full-stack Python web application.
Moving your Django site from local development to production deployment.
A Scenic Drive through the Django Request-Response Cycle
A deep dive into what's happening when an HTTP request comes into Django and how the request gets back out to the user.
Designing Django's Migrations
A look into how Django 1.7's built-in migrations came to be and the design decisions that made it what it is today.
TDD for web applications, from scratch
The rumors of TDD's death are a bit exaggerated. This tutorial will teach you the best practices for testing Django web applications.
Getting Started with Django, a crash course
Kenneth Love's popular Getting Started with Django series distilled into a crash course tutorial.
Monitoring and Introspecting Django
A great talk on an often ignored topic in the Django world by Simon Willison.
Using Feature Flags
Another talk from Simon on the benefits of using feature flags and how to do it in Django.
New & Updated Packages
- django-speedbar Production instrumentation via Chrome's SpeedTracer
- easy-thumbnails Easy image thumbnails
- wagtail A CMS focused on flexibility and user experience.
- dj-libcloud Manage static assets in the cloud
- django-usertools Enhance the Django user admin