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Sams Teach Yourself Django in 24 Hours

By: Brad Dayley
Pages: 528
Publisher: Publisher object
Publication Date: March 3, 2008

In just 24 lessons of one hour or less, you will be able to build full-featured production websites using Django, the powerful web development framework based on Python.


Designed for experienced website developers who have at least some familiarity with the Python programming language, this book uses a straightforward, step-by-step approach. Each lesson builds on the previous ones, enabling you to learn the essentials of implementing the Django framework on a website from the ground up.


Step-by-step instructions carefully walk you through the most common Django tasks.


Q&As, quizzes, and exercises at the end of each lesson help you test your knowledge.


Notes and tips point out shortcuts and solutions.


Learn how to…

  • Install and configure the Django web development framework
  • Cleanly separate data, logic, and view layers
  • Implement site interfaces with build templates and views
  • Utilize templates and views to store, access, and retrieve data
  • Use the Django forms library
  • Define custom tags and filters to minimize coding
  • Secure sites with registration, authorization, logins, and permissions
  • Manage sessions and cookies
  • Implement middleware for request and response handling
  • Create sitemaps to inform search engines of your content
  • Internationalize your site
  • Optimize performance with caching
  • Deploy Django in multiple configurations
  • Maintain sites with Django’s administrator interface


Introduction 1


Part I:  Creating the Website Framework

Hour 1: Understanding Django 7

Hour 2: Creating Your First Website 19

Hour 3: Adding Models and Objects to Your Website 37

Hour 4: Creating the Initial Views 63

Part II: Implementing the Website Interface

Hour 5: Using Data from the Database in Views 81

Hour 6: Configuring Web Page Views 103

Hour 7: Implementing Django Templates to Create Custom Views 117

Hour 8: Using Built-in Template Tags to Enhance Views 139

Hour 9: Using Built-in Template Filters to Enhance Views 155

Hour 10: Adding Forms to Views 185

Hour 11: Using Views to Add and Update Data in the Database 209

Hour 12: Utilizing Generic Views 231

Hour 13: Advanced View Configurations 269

Part III: Implementing a Full-Featured Website

Hour 14: Managing Site Users 295

Hour 15: Adding Website Security 313

Hour 16: Managing Sessions and Cookies 333

Hour 17: Customizing Models in the Admin Interface 347

Hour 18: Customizing the Admin Interface 365

Part IV:  Implementing Advanced Website Components

Hour 19: Implementing Middleware 383

Hour 20: Internationalization and Localization 407

Hour 21: Creating Sitemaps 423

Hour 22: Implementing Multiple Websites 437

Hour 23: Configuring Caching 451

Hour 24: Deploying Django 465


Appendix A: Django Resources 477

Appendix B: Django Form Field Objects 481

Appendix C: Formatting Dates and Times 491


Index 493