10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Great book, but beware of outdated sections,
This review is from: The Definitive Guide to Django: Web Development Done Right (Paperback)
This book is a fine and comprehensive romp through the essential workings and features of the Django python web development framework.
The book is divided into three parts. Part 1, 'Getting started', takes you from the concept of MVC through installation to the mechanics of getting a basic database-backed site up and running. Part 2, 'Subframeworks', goes on to discuss more advanced topics like the awesome generic views, caching, middleware, internationalisation and linking up with legacy databases. Part 3 consists of 8 reference appendices.
I love the tone of the writing in this book. It's concise, detailed where necessary, and occasionally irreverent (particularly when discussing Java and PHP!). Visually it looks great, following the current design of other Apress books.
On the negative side, Django is a fast moving project, and in a state of flux at the time of publishing (Dec '07). Chapter 7, Form Processing, seems to suffer most as the section on automatic form classes uses deprecated functions (according to the website), and their replacement, ModelForms, doesn't even get a mention. Also, there is only talk of the now-implemented 'auto-escaping' of browser input, so keep an eye on the Django project docs. Finally, there is the odd place where it's not quite clear into which file a particular code extract should go, and here and there I'd like to see more example usage.
Aah, the joys of book publishing. Still, I can't wait for a second edition when development has calmed down a bit!
Fortunately, given the unique way in which this book was written (do a web search for 'djangobook' and you'll see what I mean), you can give very precise feedback on a paragraph-by-paragraph basis, or get technical feedback provided by other readers. You might even get a credit in the next edition!
Overall, this book is essential for anyone getting into Django web development. Four stars + 1 for the way in which you can contribute back to the book.
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