Building Great Web Backends with Django ( Python )

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Build a Django App for Storing and Editing Notes

What does a killer website, an amazing smartphone app and a futurustic plugin for Google Glass have in common? 

                                                   A Back End

Without a back-end all you are left with is an empty skeleton of a UI. Among other things, a back-end let's you:

  • Store data on a database
  • Run CPU intensive tasks (such as face recognition)
  • Provide a consistent API to read and write data

Django is a Python-based web framework that provides a vast amount of plumbing to build a web-backend so that you don't have to do it. This will allow you to focus on building more and better features into your application without worrying about infrastructure and plumbing.

Why this class?

This is a project based class and will take a practical approach towards learning Django. By the end of the class you will be comfortable with the following:

  • Setting up and Installing Django
  • Interfacing with Databases using Django Models
  • Writing basic Django templates
  • Writing Django Forms
  • Combining the above into a django app

The final project will be writing a Personal Notes app. This app will expose you to many basic patterns which will be applicable to a wide variety of Django Apps.

Although this is a beginner class I plan to introduce a few advanced  Django concepts in theory so as to give you an idea of the power of the Django framework.

This will also prepare you for job interviews that may ask you Django related questions. 

Why Django?

  • Python - Need I say more? If you love Python, you will love Django
  • Community - Django is supported by an excellent and supportive community. There are numerous Meetups as well as a Django Conference held every year
  • Philosophy - Django is build around the design principles of Loose coupling, DRY, Less Code, Quick Development and Explicit is better than implicit. To learn more about this check out Django Design Philosophies

Who should take this class

Anyone who wants to get started with web development and Django as well as get a peek into the more advanced features can take this class. Here are a few categories I can think of:

  • You love Python and want to develop web apps while using as much Python as you can

  • You are trying to learn Django on your own but prefer to speed up the learning process

  • You don't know much about web development but would like to start it right with Django

  • You have been practicing web development but would like to learn to use a cool framework like Django to develop more rapidly

  • You want to learn a new skill to market yourself better to compete for a job you would love to have

Whether you fit into one of the above categories or not, I encourage you to enroll for this class. Don't let a lack of experience with Python or web-frameworks discourage you. The class does not require a lot of experience with Python or web frameworks - a desire to learn will go a much longer way!


- Basic know-how of web development - Basic knowledge of Python

Level: Beginner

Sid Azad

Founder at VisionHatch Technologies

I have been writing software and managing technical teams and products for 14 years and during this time I have worked with several programming languages, frameworks and products. I have also worked in 3 startups and a large as well as a mid-size firm. 

I currently lead a Django/Python tech. team and work on entrepreneurial projects in my spare time. I have coached several members of my team who not only did not have any prior Django experience but were also new to Python.

I have a BS and MS in Computer Science and have done an MBA. I have also taught several undergrad level classes while being a Masters student.

My personal goals for this class are to ensure that:

  • By the end of this class you have surpassed the Beginner Django Developer level
  • You have a thorough understanding of basic Django Concepts
  • You are comfortable writing basic apps in Django
  • You are ready for many Django Interview Questions

Together we will make this class a great learning experience and have some fun on the way!

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