The Definitive Guide to Django: Web Development Done Right

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Apress, 2008 - Computers - 447 pages
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Django, the Python–based equivalent to the Ruby on Rails web development framework, is hottest topics in web development. 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

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 appendices for looking up configurations options and commands. In all, this book provides the ultimate tutorial and reference to the popular Django framework.

What you’ll learnThe first half of this book explains in-depth how to build web applications using Django including the basics of dynamic web pages, the Django templating system interacting with databases, and web forms. The second half of this book discusses higher-level concepts such as caching, security, and how to deploy Django. The appendices form a reference for the commands and configurations available in Django. Who this book is for

Anyone who wants to use the powerful Django framework to build dynamic web sites quickly and easily!

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Review: The Definitive Guide to Django: Web Development Done Right

User Review  - Brian Palmer - Goodreads

I felt like I understand django quite a bit more now, and got some general tips for python web programming. I don't actually use django very much at the moment, so I can't fully assess it, but I'm ... Read full review

Review: The Definitive Guide to Django: Web Development Done Right

User Review  - Jason Skicewicz - Goodreads

This book is a good reference book to have on your table while building Django projects. It is a fairly useful read as well just to know what Django offers, but it doesn't go into too much detail on any one topic. I would say this is just a Django overview. Read full review

About the author (2008)

Adrian Holovaty, a web developer and journalist, is one of the creators and core developers of Django. He works at, where he builds database web applications and does "journalism as computer programming." Previously, he was lead developer for World Online in Lawrence, Kansas, where Django was created. When not working on Django improvements, Adrian hacks on side projects for the public good, such as, which won the 2005 Batten Award for Innovations in Journalism. He lives in Chicago and maintains a weblog at

Jacob Kaplan-Moss is one of the lead developers of Django. At his day job, he's the lead developer for the Lawrence Journal-World, a locally owned newspaper in Lawrence, Kansas, where Django was developed. At the Journal-World, Jacob hacks on a number of sites including,, and, and he is continually embarrassed by the multitude of media awards those sites win. In his spare time what little of it there is he fancies himself a chef.