Thursday Nov 13, 2008

Django newbie gotchas

I'm working on a project which makes use of the Django framework. Django is a web framework which abstracts the back-end database away from the python object and view models which use that database. Since (aside for a small netbean project) I've stayed away from web development for several years, I seem to have missed a lot of noise around ASP, Perl and PHP web development. I hope I haven't missed much. From the looks of the internet, It wouldn't surprise me if only half the web-developers out there only understand half of what they know about web development. There is more than a grain of truth in the saying "If cities were built like web sites, the first woodpecker would destroy civilization".

I'm finding Django 1.0 somewhat challenging, but I'm also finding that I can pull off usable web pages and forms without too much trouble. The django documentation is well above average (especially djangobook.com), and the IRC and mailing list communities are active and helpful. I did run into a few gotchas. Here are some of them:

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