Publisher: Apress, 2008, 447 pages
Django is a framework that saves you time and makes Web development a joy.
Django, the Python–based equivalent to the Ruby on Rails web development framework, is presently one of the hottest topics in web development today. In The Definitive Guide to Django: Web Development Done Right, Adrian Holovaty, one of Django’s creators, and Django lead developer Jacob Kaplan–Moss show you how they use this framework to create award–winning web sites. Over the course of three parts, they guide you through the creation of a web application reminiscent of chicagocrime.org.
The first part of the book introduces Django fundamentals like installation and configuration. You’ll learn about creating the components that power a Django–driven web site. The second part delves into the more sophisticated features of Django, like outputting non–HTML content (such as RSS feeds and PDFs), plus caching and user management. The third part serves as a detailed reference to Django’s many configuration options and commands. The book even includes seven appendixes for looking up configurations options and commands. In all, this book provides the ultimate tutorial and reference to the popular Django framework.
Shows the underlying philosophy of Django and its community.
It starts of with a good introduction to web development and how to utilize Django. Then it starts to show advanced topics and unfortunately gloss over several deficiencies and explains that they are not important. The end of the book seems hurried through, and the whole experience leaves a bad taste.
It is OK as an introduction to Django, but it'll fail to win anyone experienced over.