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About the Author

Daniel and Audrey Roy Greenfeld are best known for their open-source community leadership work on the following projects:

  • DjangoPackages.com, the Django package index and comparison site.
  • Cookiecutter, a Python package for generating projects from project templates.
  • Cookiecutter-PyPackage, a project template for creating advanced python projects.
  • Cookiecutter-Django, a project template for creating advanced Django projects.
  • PyLadies, a women's outreach/mentorship group. Nurturing the group was basically a 2nd fulltime job for them in 2011, and they continue to run monthly Inland Empire PyLadies events.
  • Barcamp Django SF, the first Django unconference.
  • The first ever PyCon Philippines, a 300-person conference about the Python programming language held in the Philippines.
  • The LA Open Source Hackathon event series, which brings together open-source developers from different programming backgrounds.

They do Python and Django development and run a small Python/Django consulting shop called Cartwheel Web. They've spoken at dozens of conferences and have given keynote speeches at DjangoCon Europe, EuroPython, PyCon Poland, PyCon Philippines, PyCon Australia, PyCon New Zealand, Python Brasil, and PyCon Argentina.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 446 pages
  • Publisher: Two Scoops Press; 2 edition (February 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098146730X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981467306
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #424,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Daniel Roy Greenfeld is a software engineer living in the Inland Empire in California with his wife, Audrey Roy Greenfeld. In between his day job writing code and capoeira in the evenings, he writes fantasy novels and the odd technical book.

His first fantasy novel was originally announced as part of his 2014 April Fool's Day joke, the punchline of his prank being that it wasn't a joke. He was really working on a fantasy novel which was just published as "Into the Brambles," the first in the multi-part epic, "The Brambles."

To learn more you can follow him on:

- Twitter: http://twitter.com/pydanny
- Blog: http://danielroygreenfeld.com

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Tessera on February 9, 2014
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In short, if you are an experienced Django developer, just go ahead and buy a copy of this book.

Most importantly, this book is not a starter guide to Django and it is not a tutorial. You will need a fair bit of familiarity with Django, Python, Database design, and Object-oriented programming before you will need this book.

There are honestly not a lot of starter books for Django, so your best bet is to probably do the official tutorial from djangoproject.org and build from there. I am about two years into using Django and there are topics in this book that I have not used yet, but it is good to at least familiarize with them.

This book is about 50% longer than the Django 1.5 version, so there is some recycled information, but a lot of new stuff as well. It is a great reference book if you're wanting to do something like a security checklist for your project.

Also, both the 1.5 and 1.6 books promote the use of Class-Based Views. Inheritance and Mixins with Class-Based Views help focus your design in a very re-useable fashion. I have not found these promoted in any of the other Django guides I have, and there is a minority that doesn't like Class-Based-Views. I, personally, have found them useful.

As a web developer, I have read books across a few different languages, but for a high-level book, Two Scoops of Django (for 1.6) is one of the most approachable. The authors have done a great job of adding enough code examples, explanations and even external web links to keep you well informed on the happenings of Django 1.6. Tips on how you should be coding (development environments, production, version control, etc) are also universal to any language.

Also, as a postscript to the authors, the Django community needs a tutorial book as well by both of you! I trudged through a Django 1.0 tutorial book in Django 1.4 as a newbie web developer, and a best practices tutorial book in Django 1.6 would be great!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Hraban on March 9, 2014
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They could have used some pages less, e.g. the icream theme is not soo funny that it makes sense to waste pages for bad illustrations.
But otherwise it’s a great collection of useful hints and howtos to make our code and setup better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Stone on February 14, 2014
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Two Scoops has established itself again as the standard guide for professional Django software development. It comprehensively covers the best practices across the entire framework and frequent stumbling blocks for more novice developers. Having said that, this book isn't designed to introduce a layperson to Django nor is it a comprehensive reference of the various components and architecture of the Django web framework. If you're looking to improve the quality of your django code, you'll need this book. If you're already an seasoned developer, this is a great refresher that will inspire you to cleanup and improve your projects.

It's well written in a whimsical tone that's very approachable and fun to read compared to most technical references. The book features ice cream themed references and examples to help demonstrate the practices. It reads very quickly, not dragging on any subject for more than a few pages. There's plenty of links to background or detail for those motivated to dive deeper. For a book focused on best practices, it goes to great lengths to provide perspective on the recommendations, offering alternatives and citing key contributors for justifications. Use these recommendations as a starting point for teams to define standards and practices while allowing some leeway to customize or tailor to specific preferences.

The 1.6 addition extends its scope with greater coverage on issues facing most developers including security, deployment, continuous integration, ReST APIs and frontend/javascript integration. All issues facing almost any modern web application development and almost never covered in any introduction to the framework. In summary, if it matters to a modern Python/Django developer, it's likely covered in this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Farley on February 11, 2014
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I wish you offered the .pdf but I just ordered the paperback. I read the first Two-Scoops for Django 1.5 and regularly use @pydanny and @audreyr's open source Django work (cookiecutter-django and django-crispy-forms mostly). Everything published (textbook or code) by these two is priceless to any Django developer IMHO.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 17, 2014
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Updated and substantially expanded, I am finding "Two Scoops of Django: Best Practices For Django 1.6" far exceeds my expectations. I liked the prior version and found it very useful. The version for Django 1.6 delivers even more best practices and Django goodness.

Written by two experienced developers, the book presents each major topic in a concise, user friendly way. The authors pull on their experience to highlight approaches, tools, and tips that will save a developer valuable time while increasing code quality. Recognizing that there can be more than one practical approach on certain topics, they do a great job of alternative tools and approaches when a topic merits. When presenting alternatives, they point out the pros and cons as well as offer guidance on when to choose a particular approach.

New developers: this is a great book to reach for after completing the official Django tutorial. Experienced developers: the update gives an excellent reference of current best practices, reminders, and tips in a clear, friendly way.
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