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  • Paperback: 446 pages
  • Publisher: Two Scoops Press; 2 edition (1 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098146730X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981467306
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 291,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Daniel and Audrey Roy Greenfeld are best known for their open-source community leadership work on the following projects:

  • DjangoPackages.com, the Django package index and comparison site.
  • Cookiecutter, a Python package for generating projects from project templates.
  • Cookiecutter-PyPackage, a project template for creating advanced python projects.
  • Cookiecutter-Django, a project template for creating advanced Django projects.
  • PyLadies, a women's outreach/mentorship group. Nurturing the group was basically a 2nd fulltime job for them in 2011, and they continue to run monthly Inland Empire PyLadies events.
  • Barcamp Django SF, the first Django unconference.
  • The first ever PyCon Philippines, a 300-person conference about the Python programming language held in the Philippines.
  • The LA Open Source Hackathon event series, which brings together open-source developers from different programming backgrounds.

They do Python and Django development and run a small Python/Django consulting shop called Cartwheel Web. They've spoken at dozens of conferences and have given keynote speeches at DjangoCon Europe, EuroPython, PyCon Poland, PyCon Philippines, PyCon Australia, PyCon New Zealand, Python Brasil, and PyCon Argentina.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Erik Romijn on 7 Feb. 2014
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Every Django developer out there should have this book. The writing is of a quality that is rarely found in technical books. At the same time, it gives very actionable advice, teaches you new ways of thinking in some areas, and is still light and occasionally humorous to read. Even though I had thoroughly read the 1.5 version and have years of experience with Django development, I learned something new in my first ten minutes of reading.

The content is incredibly thorough and extensive, but also still very accessible. Many documented practices are fairly independent of each other, so even if you decide to diverge from the authors' opinions in some area, that doesn't reduce the value of the rest of the book. However, you'll find that a rare issue, because the practices from this book are clearly motivated.

I wish every technical book was written like this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Glyn jackson on 8 Feb. 2014
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I originally purchased 1.5 and have been anxiously awaiting this revision. Lots new content updated and worth the repurchased for sure. Although opinionated this book does not push you into single way of thinking, instead it helps you explore the pros and cons and introduces new concepts I personally ‘should’ but didn't know about.

As a self taught developer I don’t have the experience of other developers to draw off, this book is a godsend.

It’s not a beginner ‘how to’ book, if you want to learn Django make this the second book you read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lennart Regebro on 13 Feb. 2014
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This book is a must have for every Django developer. The two authors have years of advanced Django experience, and they have distilled all the mistakes you do into a book.

Although it is aimed at those with Django experience, it's also invaluable for somebody starting to develop Django, as it will prevent you from making loads of mistakes. It's written in a clear pedagogical way, and having this book will effectively add a year or two of Django experience to your knowledge.

If you develop Django, you *have* to have this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T on 20 Feb. 2014
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This is what all software library/language books should be like. Not a dry reference book, instead this is a combination of high-level development advice and low-level gotchas you'll only hear from people who've spent years with Django.
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Well written and carefully assembled, this book is a great introduction to Django for beginners. It does also act as a handy reference for experienced users too, something in it for every level. The suggested best practices are great and thoroughly referenced.

Found the icecream illustrations a bit distracting and pointless at times, waste of paper in my personal opinion, but they do break up the text nicely in places. Also felt that the number of code examples that wrap over page breaks a bit annoying, something that could've been prioritised over the aforementioned illustrations perhaps.

Would recommend to anyone getting into Django or who has dabbled but wants to learn more about it.
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Having come from their Two Scoops 1.5 book, it is obvious that a lot of effort has gone into fleshing out the book for this version. Topics are covered in more depth and with good examples as well as highlighting bad practices.

Written in a friendly and fun style, the examples used stick with a single topic throughout which helps.

Very much recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dmc on 22 July 2014
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Excellent info as always. Disappointed by lack of ebook but they have their reasons.
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