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Django 1.0 Template Development Paperback – December 11, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1847195708 ISBN-10: 1847195709

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (December 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847195709
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847195708
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,622,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Scott Newman has been developing commercial websites since 1997. Since then, he has professionally developed web applications in C, PERL, ColdFusion, ASP, PHP, and Python. He has also been a Windows network administrator and desktop application developer, but always gravitates back to web development. Scott holds a Network+ certification and is a dotMobi Certified Mobile Web Developer. In recent years, Scott worked as the system development manager for a major media company developing CMS and mobile applications in Django. He is currently the consulting director for the Big Nerd Ranch in Atlanta, GA.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Seth Gottlieb on March 30, 2009
Format: Paperback
Django 1.0 Template Development lives up to its title by focusing on the template layer of the Django web application framework although it does go through some basics of setting up your project and some of the details of the Django request handling pipeline. There is very little coverage of models - just enough to give the sample project some data to work with.

There is good coverage of how templates are loaded and guidelines of how to develop views with plenty of tips on leveraging Django's many convenience features (like generic views) and organizing code for better manageability. There are examples for using and writing custom middleware, filters, and tags with special attention paid to best practices in security. A whole chapter is devoted to working with Django's pagination system. Explanations are well supported with the theory behind and examples that demonstrate the details of Django's behavior.

The area that I was hoping for a little more depth was in optimizing performance. Django gives the developer a lot of options of how to design the application. For example, in addition to the typical template "include" syntax, Django also supports template inheritance (where a child template can extend and override blocks of a page from its parent). There is not much information on the performance implications of deep template hierarchies. The caching chapter gives a nice overview of Django's different caching options and engines and general guidelines but perhaps the art of really tuning a site is the topic for another book.

I would highly recommend Django 1.0 Template Development for anyone who wants to efficiently build a clean and manageable template layer for a Django project.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Cornish on October 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
Django 1.0 Template Development by Scott Newman teaches development practices for the Django Web framework template system. The book brands itself as "a practical guide to Django template development with custom tags, filters, multiple templates, (and) caching," and is published by Packt Publishing.

I found the book to be a solid but also technical reference, especially on views, URL configuration, and pagination, making it more appropriate for the book's intended audience of "Web developers and template authors." I'm familiar with Django template development during my work as an Interaction Designer where Django was created at the Lawrence Journal-World newspaper in Lawrence, Kan.

The book assumes the reader completed the installation of Django and the introductory tutorials, in particular creating a project, an application, and some models, and development using at least Django 1.0. The book also assumes some basic knowledge of HTML, Python, and a Unix-like environment. I recommend learning essentials, such as the set up of basic Unix-like environments and how they use Python via the Python Path, before reading this book.

Chapter 1's "An Introduction to the Django Template System" is a good overview and philosophy of the template system. Chapter 2's "Views, URLs, and Generic Views" and Chapter 3's "Template Context" cover the technical background in how Django renders templates and was mainly written for Web developers. Chapter 4's "Using the Built-In Tags and Filters" contains examples of almost every tag and filter Django gives for free, which is very welcome because not even Django's official documentation has such a reference!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chris Heisel on January 10, 2009
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The book does a good job of focusing in on the Django template system, specifically focusing on what a Web designer would need to know to work well with a back-end developer.

It includes just enough Python and Django knowledge to provide a good context and background to folks who already have to worry about balance, typography, color, standards compliance and browser incompatibilities.

I'd say that if you were a freelance Web designer who wanted to venture into doing some light development for clients you could start with the book and one other Python or Django reference to have enough knowledge to leverage the admin interface, generic views, and of course templates.

But if you're a designer working with a development team and you really don't care about caching, middleware or trailing commas on tuples you can easily skip past those sections and just stay focused on template coding.

My one pony request is that the book should talk a bit more about strategies for template inheritance, naming conventions, includes, template management and the like. But a lot of that knowledge is only applicable to folks in largish Django deployments and I could see where it'd overwhelm a designer just trying to learn the template system.
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