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Steven Holzner
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20 Dec 2009 0321643402 978-0321643407 1
DJango is a open source web application framework written in Python. It follows the MVC (model view controller) design pattern; this software design pattern separates business logic from the user interface making it easier to make changes to the logic or interface without affecting the other. Django's primary goal is to ease the creation of complex, database-driven websites. The framework emphasizes reusability and "pluggability" of components, rapid development, and the principle of DRY (Don't Repeat Yourself). Python is used throughout.

Django: Visual QuickStart Guide starts at the beginning and moves web designers quickly along the path to developing Python Web applications with Django. After introducing readers the idea of Model/View/Controller applications and why Django is the right choice, the book walks a reader through creating their first Django Web site. It goes on to cover the ultra-cool things that can be done with Django to create robust Model/View/Controller applications.


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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (20 Dec 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321643402
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321643407
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 17.5 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,288,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Steve Holzner, PhD, received his undergraduate graduate degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his PhD at Cornell University. He also taught Physics at Cornell University for over ten years and is the author of Physics For Dummies, Quantum Physics For Dummies, Physics Workbook For Dummies and Quantum Physics Workbook For Dummies.

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DJango is a open source web application framework written in Python. It follows the MVC (model view controller) design pattern; this software design pattern separates business logic from the user interface making it easier to make changes to the logic or interface without affecting the other. Django's primary goal is to ease the creation of complex, database-driven websites. The framework emphasizes reusability and "pluggability" of components, rapid development, and the principle of DRY (Don't Repeat Yourself). Python is used throughout.

Django: Visual QuickStart Guide starts at the beginning and moves web designers quickly along the path to developing Python Web applications with Django. After introducing readers the idea of Model/View/Controller applications and why Django is the right choice, the book walks a reader through creating their first Django Web site. It goes on to cover the ultra-cool things that can be done with Django to create robust Model/View/Controller applications.

About the Author

Steven Holzner (Ithica, NY) is an award winning tech author. He's written

several books including Beginning Ruby on Rails, Ajax for Dummies, and

PHP: The Complete Reference. He is also a former faculty member at Cornell

University and MIT.


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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unnessisary 24 April 2010
Format:Paperback
An absolutly unnessisary book. Waist of money.
It is just a bad copy if Django's own introduction you find on the Django home page.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A rotten peach 2 July 2010
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Format:Paperback
I am on chapter two of this book and I am putting it down. If I had the receipt I would return it. It is obvious the author rushed it out and had only a working understanding of Django and either did not subscribe to or understand the development team's philosophy when building the framework. If you are going to use a framework you really should understand the philosophy and work within it or you will spend the rest of your life struggling against the constructs that are there to make your life easier.

A good example is not coupling the templates with the view as is described in the main Django tutorial (page3). Instead the author chooses to use the template path and reference everything from there.

You see this kind of poor planning though out the book. One example is the creation of the application directories in the /django/bin path. Another is the reference to objects which assumes the setup on your workstation matches what the author had.

For example, things like URLs will get you in trouble if you do not have your system setup exactly as the author did. Using the following will fail in many dev setups in the urls.py file (chapter 2):

urlpatterns = patterns('',
(r'^$', main_page'),
)

But a full path like the following (a better practice anyways) works well under every setup:

urlpatterns = patterns('',
(r'^$', 'first.views.main_page'),
)

It took me an hour to track that down.

I found that most explanations were too limited, a few more sentences every couple of pages would have made all the difference. I ended up supplementing every few pages with the contents of the Django website and wishing I had just started there.

Heck the book does not even appear to cover the built in admin features which are some of Django's most excellent features.

This book seems like a rush job to me. Since I have not read anything by this author before I cannot be disappointed in him, I will simply avoid his material in the future. I can and am very disappointed in Peachpit Press and the Visual QuickX line of books though.

Just visit [...] and avoid this waste of time.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay...not in-depth though. Good for beginners on Django. 10 Jan 2010
By David Alan Tussey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
In typical "Visual Quickstart" fashion, this book is well organized, illustrated, and written. If you want to start with Django and have limited exposure, then this book is a good place to start. It's not very in-depth, however, and it's a short book -- a weekend read. If you want a solid study of Django (and Python), you'll probably have to look elsewhere, but for a beginner, it's good.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Weak Book 2 Mar 2010
By George W. Harvey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The Book was very weak.
There is very little information in this book.
I would strongly recommend a different book.
There are a lot of basic thing the book doesn't even cover at all, like setting up the admin functions.
The word "Admin" isn't even in the Index.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lousy attempt 17 Jan 2010
By E. E. Jackson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is not a book to own. Read the free online tutorial, which is more thorough, and actually edited.
1.0 out of 5 stars Repetitive and Poorly Written 5 Nov 2012
By David Padovano - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The book tries to cover the basics of django, which is does but unfortunately it does so very poorly repeating many of the same things in almost every chapter (ex: creating a django project, filling out settings and starting a new app). Even new users will be annoyed by this since by the 4th chapter, since you have done this many times by now get it the point. By the last few chapters its just wasted paper. There are also many inconsistencies with how the book shows you code examples in the exercises, any written code should stay in the same format but the book decides to change this without an obvious reason which make it tough to follow at times.

There are better books for much less to get beginners started, even the basic django tutorial on django's site would be a better option. I can't recommend this to anyone unfortunately. there's 10 bucks i'll never see again..... *sigh*
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