Python Web Development with Django
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book is quite a good introduction to Python/Django web development, but not necessarily an in-depth one. It was, however, more than enough to sway my decision of what web framework to learn over to Django from Rails.

The first section, which is an introduction to Python, is good enough that even though I'm not a total stranger to Python I found some good insights and information on the language itself.

The second section, which is an overview of the framework in general, was not quite so good. Granted, I'm not much of a web developer, which is why I read this book, but I felt a little bit uncertain about the "how" details of the framework. This section could have easily been significantly longer and more detailed with no complaints from me.

The third section, which is a group of tutorials/sample projects for various things you'd use a web framework for, was pretty good again. The sample projects are by no means feature/polish complete, but are more than enough to make a good start at any of the respective types of sites represented.

In all, the book gets 4 stars because the first and last sections, while very good, don't completely make up for the failings of the middle section. A few more pages for each of the main topics would have gone a long way for people like me who like to know how things work, without making the book excessively long.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 9, 2009
I got turned on to Django after reading an OReily book on Google App Engine. I ordered this book, and another to get more of a feeling for Django development.

I really like this book. It gives a fair "heads up" on Python at the start, but you really need to know the Python language prior to tackling Django, so I would strongly recommend first picking up a good book on Python and getting familiar with the language first.

That being said, the book covers an entry level feel of Django version 1. The author takes you through all the basics, and I felt that the book was worth the money I spent ( I tend to purchase books from Amazon resellers as you often get books for WAY cheaper ).

This is not what I would consider an Advanced or even Intermediary book on Django. But, as I said earlier, to "get" it, you need to know Python. You also should be comfortable with some other web frameworks. It will make absorbing the information easier.

When it comes to Django books available, I consider this one of the better ones that I have seen thus far. Could it be better? There are some things I would like to have seen, but this is the case with anything. The bottom line is, did I learn from it. The answer is, Yes.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on June 16, 2010
I probably would give the content of the book 4 stars.

However, the book claims in the preface that "monospacing [is used] to delineate Python and command line material such as variable names or commands", but the Kindle edition (on both a Kindle DX and Kindle for PC) renders all code in a variable-width font. This makes it difficult to differentiate between multiple underscores (which are viewed as a continuous line) as well as the difference between consecutive single quotes '' and double quotes ", or sections of text where the keywords should be in a different font (e.g., one section reads "and and or or" in the same font, instead of differentiating the python keywords "and"/"or" from the rest of the text).

I also think for an e-book that contains code-examples that you should be able to copy and paste (from Kindle for PC). I can see not being able to copy and paste entire pages / sections of the book for copyright reasons, but minimal copy/paste of at least of lines of code would be convenient.

If the Kindle edition was significantly discounted, I could neglect these flaws, but right now the Kindle edition ($24.22) is nearly identical in price to the printed edition ($26.91 new at Amazon, $18.37(+$3.99 shipping) new from other sellers).
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2011
This book has a lot of information on Django but it assumes that the reader has previous knowledge of the development library.

as a student, I have been using this book as the required book for this class and have found that even the instructor agrees that this book is lacking in critical areas.

By following the chapter instructions, the student will not be able to successfully complete the Web gallery (chapter 7) or the Content Management System (chapter 8). Chapter 7 gives lots of code that needs to be added to the students site but does not explain where this code needs to reside (file name and folder) and by looking at book's companion site, no errata is given for the chapter but the sample code is slightly different. Chapter 8 does have an errata listing but it still needs further explanation and the student needs to work all the way through the chapter to have a somewhat working example rather than halfway as the book says (page 194). Most of the students in class with me are very frustrated with this book and I would not recommend it for learning Django or for expanding ones knowledge of the Django library.
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on July 20, 2010
Coverage in the first three chapters is okay. Even though when they start getting into examples, the authors seem to jump from Windows to Mac quite often. Not a big deal, but still not consistent. Once you go past the 3 chapters though, you are on your own. I am sure there are code samples to download, but if you are hands-on and want to just follow along - there just doesn't seem to be a way. Once they started talking about Models and there was no way for me to follow-along, they completely lost me. I downloaded 'south', migrated their updated models but still hard to follow.
Overall, I am not impressed with the quality of the book at all. I'd rather read the dry (not DRY) django documentation at this rate..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 10, 2014
Watch out!! It is 6 years old and completely outdated.

Buying this one was a mistake.
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on October 25, 2014
Covers Django v1.0?!! I grabbed this book because I'm interested in learning Django and Python, and I love this publisher for technical books. Their Developer's Library is about the only programming series I buy anymore. Now I get the book, and it was published in 2009, for the 1.0 version. I'm using v1.7 in late 2014.

FIRST IMPRESSION: I might as well drop this in the trash.
SECOND IMPRESSION: It's still a great book. Extremely well written and well organized.

I feel confident this edition will still launch me properly into the subject matter. I still love reading real books on programming. I will then read details on newer versions online.
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I found this book pretty ok, although there are some typos, some of the descriptions could be better .... and some of the code (using generic templates) actually doesn't work without additional preparation with Django 1.1, I find. Plus, I mean, the tone of the book isn't as sophisticated or pragmatic as I'd like ... I'm new to web programming, but found this book a bit ... classroomy ... if you know what I mean.
I ended up fiddling with some of the examples to test for caveats that I'd like to have seen discussed alongside the examples, such as how nested url files are interpreted.

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Well written book that explains how Python and Django work together. If you're new to either, this is a good place to start. I would have liked even more on Django, including building more advanced discussions and examples, But I believe this is a better book that some of the straight "Django" books, because of the better Python integration...and it's very well written with good examples. Recommended as a good first book on Django.
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on March 10, 2015
If you are a Kindle user, don't bother with this. All of the code examples are extremely small, inline images. You have to click into each one to read what is actually there. If I had know this, I would have bypassed the Kindle edition. The print edition may be usable, but the Kindle edition is not. I can't honestly say whether the content of the book is good/bad because I can't read it.
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