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ISBN-13: 978-1430225355 ISBN-10: 1430225351 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: Expert's Voice in Web Development
  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (October 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430225351
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430225355
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.6 x 1 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,158,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jim McGaw is a web developer with several years of experience developing enterprise-level web applications, particularly online catalog and shopping cart sites. Jim believes that anything worth doing is worth doing right, and since there is often more than one way to do something, he works very hard to make sure that he does it correctly. He relishes the opportunity to work with technology on a daily basis, and he especially enjoys enlightening others about the latest web trends, like front-end engineering and Ajax, as well as the other nuances of his craft.

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Jim McGaw is a computer programmer with several years of experience developing web sites, particularly online catalog and shopping cart e-commerce web sites. He has extensive experience with ASP.NET, as well as several other web frameworks, and right now spends his days using Django and Python.

Currently, he lives and works as a software engineer in Santa Barbara, CA.

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Very well written with real examples.
Don Guernsey
I like this author's writing style and his coverage of a broad range of topics that are useful when developing a Django application.
W. Gant
This kind of dedication is very important and appreciated.
C. Young

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By C. Young VINE VOICE on November 17, 2009
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Though I haven't yet completed this book, I like the author's writing style and the information he presents. I also like that fact that he has you write code by yourself instead of just suggesting 3rd party plug-ins to accomplish a particular task (unlike some other Django books). Though the title would suggest this book is only about E-Commerce, it isn't. It is a great introduction to Django and covers everything someone new to Django would need to know to get started.

I bought two Django books published by Apress at about the same time. The first one, Practical Django Projects - 2nd Edition, is a good book, but it has some errors in it, and the author has been unresponsive in addressing them, so they are not included in the books errata on Apress's website. Another negative is that the source code that is supposed to be included with the book wasn't for several months, and though it is now, it is incomplete.

This book also has some errors in it, but the author has been very responsive in commenting on them and getting them out to Apress's errata page so that people new to Django won't be frustrated and unable to move past them. This kind of dedication is very important and appreciated. The book is good on its own, but with the added support of the author, it is a great title.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By swmagicien on December 5, 2010
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Pros: Fairly readable introduction to ecommerce for programmers who already know django, python, HTML, XML, CSS, and SQL. A complete online ecommerce application for a musical instrument store is developed in stages and the reader may follow along by typing the code or pasting from an ebook. A completed version of the application is downloadable from the publisher's book home page. Shows how to implement online credit card payments.

Cons: Excessive use of first and third person. Instructions to the reader are hard to follow, mainly because they are embedded in the textual material when they should have been sectioned out and numbered. Introductory and reference material is mostly limited to what the author feels in necessary to explain his application. Author assumes the reader already has a background in server side programming.

Following along by keyboarding the code is extremely difficult and readers who do so will likely spend a lot of time debugging typos. Some of the instructions to the reader, always given in unnumbered plain paragraph form, are nearly indecipherable and/or easy to overlook.

All of the code is provided so there are really no programming exercises for the reader.

Summary: Good introduction to ecommerce with django but not a beginner's introduction to django. Not really appropriate for django newbies.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Green on November 30, 2009
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I would recommend this book. Well written and good examples. I have been using django for over 2 years and it helped me
learn some of the functionality within django that I was confused about. As far as an ecommerce site, this book makes it a lot easier than trying to use Satchmo.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Gartin on March 21, 2010
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This is a good book for getting practical application examples using Django. The Django/Python community is lacking more literature like this (IMHO). Where developers talk less about the inner workings/libraries of Django/Python and more about how to use it in a practical project.

This book covers more than just Django, but also discusses the ancillary technologies used when developing a website/web-application (like css, javascript, etc).

If you are new to Django and need something more than an intro to the framework/platform, this would be a good purchase. You might want to skip a few chapters if you have a background in Django (this is a "beginning" book not "pro"), as the book takes you from the very start. Excellent resource for web developers wanting to get started with Django.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hugh D. Brown on December 1, 2009
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I have a fair number of Django books. Not all of them get my recommendation. This is not only great for ecommerce but also for covering Django topics not well-covered elsewhere: deployment, testing, and optimization. I haven't seen any other source that does a reasonable job with setting up ngenix (for static content) with Apache (for dynamic content), not that that is wholly a Django topic. I think a beginner couple use this as an intro book in Django and do quite reasonably at picking up the platform. Highly recommended.
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