- Paperback: 142 pages
- Publisher: Tracy Osborn; 1st edition (May 4, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0986365912
- ISBN-13: 978-0986365911
- Package Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A lot of non-technical founders let themselves get paralyzed. "Coding is something that other people do. I just need to find a developer. Can you be my technical co-founder?" Not Tracy. When her startup needed a programmer she rolled up her sleeves and taught herself Python. In addition to being an inspiring founder, I love how she fuses the standard startup playbook with lateral thinking from her design background -- what other startup do you know that would publish a coffee table book (!) to get more customers? --Patrick McKenzie, Kalzumeus Software
This is one of the best tutorials I've seen. It's really hands-on, it's very actionable, it's extremely well written, and it looks gorgeous. This book is my go-to pick for when people ask what's the best way to learn Django. --Jacob Kaplan-Moss, core contributor to Django
Hello Web App is a great introduction to the Django framework that s easy-to-understand and super-useful to beginner Djangonauts. --Kenneth Love, Treehouse
From the Back Cover
You don't need a Computer Science degree to build a web app.
Today's programming tools make it simple to design and build your very first web app in a matter of weeks -- without spending years in school. Using Python and Django, Hello Web App will walk you through the entire process of building your first web app, from installation to deployment.
Written by a designer for non-programmers.
Start building your first web app today.
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I'm a new developer who used the book to lay the foundation for a larger project. As I stepped through my own requirements, I realized that some of things I learned from the book (like the robust admin) weren't necessarily needed in my own project, which was a simple Django app to use APIs to grab info from Wikipedia and Twitter. But then I went on to build something else, and I was really glad that I got the thorough introduction to the admin.
The author's style is clear and direct, using plain, easy-to-understand language. She does not assume a background in computer science, or even that you've had any experience with other programming tutorials. She only states that knowing the basics of CSS and HTML (which you can learn in an hour or so for free with Codecademy) will make things easier for you. I found this to be fair and true.
Now I have the second book, Hello Web App: Intermediate Concepts, and I am quite frankly amazed and thrilled with everything she has been able to cover in one slim volume. I recommend getting them both together to build an exciting, dynamic, user-friendly new project!
The book is clearly written and easy to follow. Thank you Tracy for writing such a good book.
Lots of crisp screenshots, clear code examples, easy to follow narrative. Most importantly, Hello Web App emphasizes building something tangible early on so that you're motivated by your creations and keep moving forward. Recommending this book to anyone I know who has been trying to learn how to code and build web applications.
When I finished the first tutorial I was expecting the next chapter to provide more in-depth content, instead I realised I was at the end of the book.
Also the book includes many instructions online (like instructions for the installation of Django). It's great that there is additional online content, but why not include more of this content in the book...?
If you've ever had an idea for a web app and didn't know where to start, or just wanted a great guide, then this is the book for you.
Each section carefully explores techniques while expanding upon the previous ones. Anyone who wants to build apps should consider starting here.
Extra points for the great screenshots.