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Ayman Hourieh

Ayman Hourieh holds a bachelor degree in Computer Science. He joined the engineering team at Google in January 2008. Prior to that, he worked with web application development for more than two years. In addition, he has been contributing to several Open Source projects such as Mozilla Firefox. Ayman also worked as a teaching assistant in Computer Science courses for one year. Even after working with a variety of technologies, Python remains Ayman's favorite programming language. He found Django to be a powerful and flexible Python framework that helps developers to produce high-quality web applications in a short time.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (March 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847196780
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847196781
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,003,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Randall Degges on February 26, 2010
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Let me preface this review by saying that I'm a professional software developer. I work for a mid-size communications company, and one of my tasks over the past 6 months has been investigating new web technologies to help us develop more modern, best-practices web applications.

I started messing around with Django around 5 months ago, by reading the official website documentation and the online Django book (which were both great resources), but I felt that what was lacking from my experiences was a complete, best-practices walk through of building a full website with Django. As I'm sure most of you know, the best way to get comfortable with a new technology is to use it to build something. This is when I started checking out other Django books on Amazon and came across this one.

This book walks you through building a complete social bookmarking site (similar to [...]) from scratch. The author does an amazing job of introducing you to Django and starts with the basics, working up to more and more complex things. I was surprised how well this book was written, and how easy it was to understand the code and explanations without much thinking. By Chapter 4 (45 pages in) you've already implemented a full user authentication system and user portal. You're able to display bookmarks, and much more. The author is not long-winded, and his writing style reminds me in many ways of Dennis Ritchie and Brian Kernighan (authors of the infamous book: 'The C Programming Language').

As to what the book covers, it walks you through everything from the installation of Django to depolying Django on production servers once the site has been finished. It does an excellent job of discussing useful deployment techniques including caching, in only a few lines of code.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Griffiths on October 14, 2009
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For a while now I've been itching to try out Django, it's one awesomely powerful framework, simple and elegant. So thanks to a good friend, Ayman Hourieh sent me a copy of his recent book "Django 1.0 Web Site Development" to review and boy is it a cracking read.

Unlike some other books I've read he doesn't try to tackle all the bases at once and then put together the pieces afterwards, he sets out a clearly defined roadmap at the start and builds upon each chapter as you progress; reinforcing what you've learnt with quick review sessions at the end of each chapter.

Starting small he introduces you to the world of Python, it's origins and how & why the Django framework was created. Ayman then runs you through a couple of example lessons to gain your experience with it's fundamentals. This is important as it increases your confidence with the framework and settles you into progressing more, and not pushing you too far too soon. Let's face it with anything new confidence is a big factor and it's important to not try to do too much or embellish too far with details that are little use, and Ayman nails it.

Python is one of those languages, like Ruby or PHP, that doesn't restrict you to a specific o/s and right away he shows you how easy it is to install and setup on Linux / OSX or Windows; you've got to love things like that, good stuff.

Once done we setup Django, create our first "hello world" project and then review what we've learnt before continuing. Next we go ahead and build a simple social bookmarking application (think of a simple, we learn about Templates and building up our Database Schema; summarising as we progress.

Next up we handle User Registration.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 22, 2010
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To cut a long story short, this is the best introductory book I have seen on the Django framework. If you are a Django newbie with some rudimentary background in Python, this is the book for you. The book has a great flow which seamlessly connects the different aspects of the Django framework. This book allows you to get productive really fast. By chapter 5, you will already have known HTML forms and by chapter 6, you will be on your way integrating JQuery with Django.
The one thing that this book has that other books dont is context. The author introduces us to various shortcuts in the framework, but only after showing what the long form is. The other thing that this book has in its favor is the language. The language is clear, simple English and not crammed with acronyms that many other books love to throw around (i.e, you will not need anything other than this book to understand this book).
Kudos Ayman!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By EAE on September 12, 2012
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Great text, but two stars because it is out of date (examples are for Django v 1.0 and current release is v 1.4.1). It's well written but the flow of the book is interrupted when the examples do not work and you must research the issues and correct them on your own. You lose the flow of the text and spend your energy on the bug-fixing rather than absorbing the excellent lessons the author has written into the text. Creating a new edition seems like it would only be an incremental effort, so it is especially disappointing that neither author or publisher has followed through with that task. It would be helpful if there was a simple source code repository with a few comments to explain the updates, but if one exists, I have not found it. Too bad, this is a really useful text that is needlessly out of date.
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