Django 1.7 is creeping towards an official release. Lots of changes in this one including an app loading refactor and built-in schema migrations.
The talk proposal deadline for DjangoCon US (back in Portland) has been extended to July 15. If you something to share, submit a talk. First-timers are not only welcome, but encouraged to participate.
Andy McKay, Django Software Foundation Secretary, has made great strides in increasing the board's transparency. If you were ever curious about what happens behind the scenes and where the money goes, links within.
Links of Interest
Infoworld interviews Eventbrite engineers, John Shuping and Simon Willison. They discuss databases, feature-flippers, Varnish, Redis, and more.
A great and thorough post from Dan Poirier at Caktus Group on the ins-and-outs of Python's de-facto task scheduler, Celery.
Before you reach for Haystack and/or Elasticsearch, have a look at the often overlooked full-text search functionality baked into Postgres. This post shows you what it is and how to use it. You can see it in action on botbot.me .
"I came for the auto generated admin, but I stayed for the community." An announcement of the Django Girls initiative and the path that led up to its creation.
A nice look at how to setup Travis CI (including Postgres and custom settings) for automated testing at Travis CI.
A three part blog post series on how to take advantage of the custom user model capabilities introduced in Django 1.5.
There's a massive barrier for entry to learning Django. One must have a working Python environment running on their computer. This post by core committer Luke Plant shows you how to use the service Runnable to start hacking/learning with zero setup.
Choosing the "right" Python web framework can be a daunting task for newcomers. Here's an argument for why the default choice should be Django.
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