Tag Archives: Django

PyDev of the Week: Agata Grdal

This week we welcome Agata Grdal as our PyDev of the Week! Agata is heavily involved in her local Django Girls group in Europe as well as PyLadies. You can learn more about Agata on the DjangoGirls blog. Agata is also has some fun projects on her Github profile that you can check out. Let’s take a few moments to get to know Agata better!

Can you tell us a little about yourself (hobbies, education, etc):

I have a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, but I decided to pursue a Master’s Degree in Computer Science.

I’m the most proud of my community work. I am Django Girls contributor, coach and local organiser. I helped translate the DG tutorial into Polish, I co-organised two workshops in Wrocław and I was a coach in several others around Europe. I co-organised conference Django: Under the Hood in Amsterdam and was a part of organising team of local python meetup in my home city, Wrocław.

I’ve recently moved to Warsaw and joined Sunscrapers, a Python shop based in Poland, where I develop web applications using Django.

I am a big fan of sleeping, potatoes and cats. Besides work, my second passion is improv theatre. It’s all about listening, reacting, accepting, taking and giving. I encourage everyone to try it. Continue reading PyDev of the Week: Agata Grdal

A new Python Kickstarter Project: Advanced Web Development, featuring Django 1.6

Last night I received an email about a new Python-related Kickstarter. The Real Python crew added a new author to write a book entirely about Django 1.6. This is a subject that I keep meaning to get into and haven’t had the opportunity to do so. Hopefully by backing this project, I’ll finally learn Django.

I have been impressed with the quality of their previous projects, so I feel that I can safely endorse these authors. I’m sure the project will be of high quality and well worth your time and money. Plus it’s fun to support these guys who want to share their knowledge. If you’re interested in supporting the project you can go to the following address:


Note: They are already fully funded at this point and some of the support levels are already full, so if you want to get in early, now is the time!

PyCon 2011: Interview with Wesley Chun

As PyCon approaches, the blogger community was invited to interview the speakers that are coming to the event. I chose Wesley Chun, writer of Core Python Programming and co-author of Python Web Development with Django. In this interview, I ask Wesley about his talk, Running Django Apps on Google App Engine and about PyCon in general. Let’s see what he has to say: Continue reading PyCon 2011: Interview with Wesley Chun

Weekly Python News (01/15/2010)

It’s time for another edition of the “weekly Python news”! What happened this week in Python world? You’ve come to the right place to find out. We missed the announcement last week about Germany’s Python Academy’s course schedule, so be sure to check that out. This week we have a lot of news from the Python web world (again) as well as news about a great new Python book.

  • Working with Django Settings files – I don’t do much with Django right now, but this looks interesting.
  • The Hudson project is supposedly going to get forked. The new fork is called Jenkins. You can read all about it on Greg Turnquist’s blog
  • The Pyramid project is a new development from the Pylons people. In this blog you can learn about Pyramid’s Auth API.
  • Did you know about ep.io, a new Python hosting service? Well you can read about it here if you like
  • Enthought recently added PySide support to some of their products.
  • Mark Lutz and O’Reilly have released the 4th edition of Programming Python, which is updated for Python 3. You can buy it from Amazon right now!
  • Wingware’s latest 4.0 beta is now out. You can read about it here and here

If you think that some news is missing, be sure to drop me a line via the comments or the contact form. Have a great week!

Python Links for 12-23-2010

I thought it might be fun (and self-motivating) to create a weekly or bi-weekly series on interesting Python / Tech news items. I realize this is pretty unoriginal, but I like the idea of creating a regular “column” and I’m hoping it will help me stay in the writing groove. Ned Batchelderr does this sort of thing from time-to-time too, so feel free to check his out as well. I’ll include some comments so you know what your getting and what I think about the topic, if anything. Continue reading Python Links for 12-23-2010

Pyowa – July 2010 Wrapup

On Thursday, July 1st, we had our July Pyowa meeting. It was hosted by Matt Morrison at the IMT Group’s building in Des Moines, IA. We had our largest attendance ever with a total of 15 men showing up. Tavern Pizza and pop were served, which was also a first…we’ve had pop before, just not any food!

We had two presentations. The first was an around 70 minutes in length and covered introductory materials about Django, a full-stack web framework written in Python. It was given by our host and he also included anecdotes about how his company uses Django and what challenges that has presented him. Next up we had a quick talk about TurboGears, another web framework. TurboGears is actually a collection of various Python modules that have been pieced together, which makes it much more modular than Django. However, Django has a lot more users behind it and there are some definite advantages to having everything builtin. Anyway, the TurboGears presentation covered a group of different web sites (or web applications) that the presenter had created. It was interesting to compare and contrast the two frameworks and see how they differed or stayed the same.

We are currently looking for presenters for our August and September meetings, so if you want to talk about how you’re using Python now, in the past or even what you plan to do with it in the future, let me know by emailing me or in the comments!

Book Review: Django 1.0 Web Site Development

I received Ayman Hourieh’s Django 1.0 Web Site Development from Packt Publishers a few weeks ago for review. I had worked with Django before when I went through another book on Python web frameworks as well as one of their official tutorials. I had my doubts about this book because it was only 257 pages long and I didn’t think it would be able to teach me much in so few pages.
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