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Django 1.0 Website Development

Ayman Hourieh

Build powerful web applications, quickly and cleanly, with the Django application framework
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Book Details

ISBN 139781847196781
Paperback272 pages

About This Book

  • Teaches everything you need to create a complete Web 2.0-style web application with Django 1.0
  • Learn rapid development and clean, pragmatic design
  • No knowledge of Django required
  • Packed with examples and screenshots for better understanding

Who This Book Is For

This book is for web developers who want to learn to build a complete site with Web 2.0 features, using the power of a proven and popular development system, Django, but do not necessarily want to learn how the complete framework functions in order to do this. Basic knowledge of Python development is required for this book, but no knowledge of Django is expected.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to Django
MVC pattern in web development
Why Python?
Why Django?
History of Django
Chapter 2: Getting Started
Installing the required software
Creating your first project
Chapter 3: Building a Social Bookmarking Application
A word about Django terminology
URLs and views: creating the main page
Models: designing an initial database schema
Templates: creating a template for the main page
Putting it all together: generating user pages
Chapter 4: User Registration and Management
Session authentication
Improving template structure
User registration
Account management
Chapter 5: Introducing Tags
The tag data model
Creating the bookmark submission form
A word on security
Chapter 6: Enhancing the User Interface with AJAX
AJAX and its advantages
Using an AJAX framework in Django
The jQuery JavaScript framework
Implementing live searching of bookmarks
Editing bookmarks in place
Auto-completion of tags
Chapter 7: Voting and Commenting
Sharing bookmarks on the main page
Commenting on bookmarks
Chapter 8: Creating an Administration Interface
Activating the administration interface
Customizing the administration interface
Users, groups, and permissions
Chapter 9: Advanced Browsing and Searching
Adding RSS feeds
Advanced searching
Organizing content into pages (pagination)
Chapter 10: Building User Networks
Building friend networks
Inviting friends via email
Improving the interface with messages
Chapter 11: Extending and Deploying
Internationalization (i18n)
Improving performance with caching
Deploying Django
Chapter 12: What Next?
Custom template tags and filters
Model managers and custom SQL
Generic views
Contributed sub-frameworks
Message system
Subscription system
User scores

What You Will Learn

  • Register your users through a user authentication system and manage them efficiently
  • Restrict user access to certain pages and protect against malicious input
  • Create tags to allow site visitors to classify, view, and share content easily
  • Create your own administration interface for proper monitoring of the web site
  • Enhance your user interface with AJAX and add flavors to your web site
  • Enable voting and commenting on content, and display popular content to site visitors
  • Build user networks; add friend management and invitation features for social networking
  • Create unit tests to automate the testing of code

In Detail

Django is a high-level Python web framework that was developed by a fast-moving online-news operation to meet the stringent twin challenges of newsroom deadlines and the needs of web developers. It is designed to promote rapid development and clean, pragmatic design and lets you build high-performing, elegant web applications rapidly. Django focuses on automating as much as possible and adhering to the DRY (Don’t Repeat Yourself) principle, making it easier to build high-performance web applications faster, with less code.

This book will show you how to assemble Django's features and take advantage of its power to design, develop, and deploy a fully-featured web site. It will walk you through the creation of an example web application, with lots of code examples.

Specially revised for version 1.0 of Django, the book starts by introducing the main design concepts in Django. Next, it leads you through the process of installing Django on your system. After that, you will start right away on building your social bookmarking application using Django. Various Django 1.0 components and sub-frameworks will be explained during this process, and you will learn about them by example.

In each chapter, you will build one or more of the features that are essential in Web 2.0 applications, like user management, tags, and AJAX. You will also learn about good software development practices, such as keeping your application secure, and automating testing with unit tests. By the end of the book, you will have built a fully functional real-life Web 2.0 application, and learned how to deploy it to a production server.


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