Django: Painless web application development in Python





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Published on Aug 2, 2011

From the 2008 CALI Conference for Law School Computing

Audience: All
Technical Level: High

This session will introduce attendees to Django (http://www.djangoproject.com), an open source web development framework. Like Ruby on Rails, Django tries to save web developers time in creating rich, data-driven web-sites. Unlike some other web frameworks, Django provides an out-of-the-box administrative back-end so that you can quickly have users inputting data while you polish the templates for the front-end site. Another distinguishing feature of Django is that it comes with excellent documentation, including a free online book "The Definitive Guide to Django", available at http://www.djangobook.com, and also published by Apress. Because Django was developed to satisfy the needs of a paper and online newpaper operation, it values speed and clarity. As the tagline for their site says, it's "the web framework for perfectionists with deadlines."

We will discuss the Django-based class management system we developed at Emory Law School. In 300 lines of Python, this portal provides faculty with a facebook for their classes, a way for them to email students, and access to CSV files of student emails and contact information, as well as links for them to request class mailing lists and BlackBoard classes. They can also view the other classes in which their students are currently enrolled.

Ben Chapman
Assistant Dean for Information Technology
Emory University School of Law

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