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1. Two Scoops of Django 1.11: Best Practices for the Django Web Framework (2017)

Two Scoops of Django 1.11 Will Help You Build Django Projects.

In this book we introduce you to the various tips, tricks, patterns, code snippets, and techniques that we’ve picked up over the years. We have put thousands of hours into the fourth edition of the book, writing and revising its material to include significant improvements and new material based on feedback from previous editions.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Coding Style
  • Chapter 2: The Optimal Django Environment Setup
  • Chapter 3: How To Lay Out Django Projects
  • Chapter 4: Fundamentals of Django App Design
  • Chapter 5: Settings and Requirements Files
  • Chapter 6: Model Best Practices
  • Chapter 7: Queries and the Database Layer
  • Chapter 8: Function- and Class-Based Views
  • Chapter 9: Best Practices for Function-Based Views
  • Chapter 10: Best Practices for Class-Based Views
  • Chapter 11: Form Fundamentals
  • Chapter 12: Common Patterns for Forms
  • Chapter 13: Templates: Best Practices
  • Chapter 14: Template Tags and Filters
  • Chapter 15: Django Templates and Jinja2
  • Chapter 16: Building APIs with Django Rest Framework
  • Chapter 17: Consuming REST APIs
  • Chapter 18: Tradeoffs of Replacing Core Components
  • Chapter 19: Working With the Django Admin
  • Chapter 20: Dealing with the User Model
  • Chapter 21: Django’s Secret Sauce: Third-Party Packages
  • Chapter 22: Testing Chapter of Doom!
  • Chapter 23: Documentation: Be Obsessed
  • Chapter 24: Finding and Reducing Bottlenecks
  • Chapter 25: Asynchronous Task Queues
  • Chapter 26: Security Best Practices
  • Chapter 27: Logging: Tips and Tools
  • Chapter 28: Signals: Use Cases and Avoidance Techniques
  • Chapter 29: What About Those Random Utilities?
  • Chapter 30: Deployment: Platforms as a Service
  • Chapter 31: Deploying Django Projects
  • Chapter 29: Identical Environments: The Holy Grail
  • Chapter 32: Continuous Integration
  • Chapter 33: The Art of Debugging
  • Chapter 34: Where and How to Ask Django Questions
  • Chapter 35: Closing Thoughts
  • Appendix A: Packages Mentioned In This Book
  • Appendix B: Troubleshooting
  • Appendix C: Additional Resources
  • Appendix D: Internationalization and Localization
  • Appendix E: Settings Alternatives
  • Appendix F: Working with Python 2
  • Appendix G: Channels and Websockets

What People Say About Two Scoops of Django

  • This is the swiss army knife for every Django developer. — Jannis Gebauer, djangopackages.org maintainer and pyup.io founder
  • We buy this book for every new engineer on our team. It’s a must for Django development! — Jacinda Shelly, CTO of Doctor On Demand
  • I wanted to write a book about best practices in Django, except Two Scoops is that book, no need to write another one. — Buddy Lindsey, Host of GoDjango
  • Audrey’s illustrations reinforce Audrey and Daniel’s Django technical excellence. (Art + ice cream) * 2 tech experts = Two Scoops of Django. — Carol Willing, Project Jupyter Core Dev and Python Software Foundation director
  • Simply the best book on Django. Whenever I am not sure if I am following the best practices, I look up the topic in this book. A must read. — Abu Ashraf Masnun, programmer

Author(s): Daniel Roy Greenfeld, Audrey Roy Greenfeld

2. Test-Driven Development with Python: Obey the Testing Goat: Using Django, Selenium, and JavaScript (2017)

By taking you through the development of a real web application from beginning to end, the second edition of this hands-on guide demonstrates the practical advantages of test-driven development (TDD) with Python. You’ll learn how to write and run tests before building each part of your app, and then develop the minimum amount of code required to pass those tests. The result? Clean code that works.

In the process, you’ll learn the basics of Django, Selenium, Git, jQuery, and Mock, along with current web development techniques. If you’re ready to take your Python skills to the next level, this book—updated for Python 3.6—clearly demonstrates how TDD encourages simple designs and inspires confidence.

  • Dive into the TDD workflow, including the unit test/code cycle and refactoring
  • Use unit tests for classes and functions, and functional tests for user interactions within the browser
  • Learn when and how to use mock objects, and the pros and cons of isolated vs. integrated tests
  • Test and automate your deployments with a staging server
  • Apply tests to the third-party plugins you integrate into your site
  • Run tests automatically by using a Continuous Integration environment
  • Use TDD to build a REST API with a front-end Ajax interface

Author(s): Harry J. W. Percival

3. Lightweight Django: Using REST, WebSockets, and Backbone (2014)

How can you take advantage of the Django framework to integrate complex client-side interactions and real-time features into your web applications? Through a series of rapid application development projects, this hands-on book shows experienced Django developers how to include REST APIs, WebSockets, and client-side MVC frameworks such as Backbone.js into new or existing projects.

Learn how to make the most of Django’s decoupled design by choosing the components you need to build the lightweight applications you want. Once you finish this book, you’ll know how to build single-page applications that respond to interactions in real time. If you’re familiar with Python and JavaScript, you’re good to go.

  • Learn a lightweight approach for starting a new Django project
  • Break reusable applications into smaller services that communicate with one another
  • Create a static, rapid prototyping site as a scaffold for websites and applications
  • Build a REST API with django-rest-framework
  • Learn how to use Django with the Backbone.js MVC framework
  • Create a single-page web application on top of your REST API
  • Integrate real-time features with WebSockets and the Tornado networking library
  • Use the book’s code-driven examples in your own projects

Author(s): Julia Elman, Mark Lavin

4. Two Scoops of Django: Best Practices for Django 1.8 (2015)

Two Scoops of Django 1.11 Now Available!

Search for Two Scoops of Django 1.11 to find and purchase the latest edition.

Two Scoops of Django: Best Practices For Django 1.8 is full of more material that will help you with your Django projects.

We’ll introduce you to various tips, tricks, patterns, code snippets, and techniques that we’ve picked up over the years.

We have put thousands of hours into the third edition of the book, writing and revising its material to include significant improvements and new material based on feedback from previous editions.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Coding Style
  • Chapter 2: The Optimal Django Environment Setup
  • Chapter 3: How To Lay Out Django Projects
  • Chapter 4: Fundamentals of Django App Design
  • Chapter 5: Settings and Requirements Files
  • Chapter 6: Model Best Practices
  • Chapter 7: Queries and the Database Layer
  • Chapter 8: Function- and Class-Based Views
  • Chapter 9: Best Practices for Function-Based Views
  • Chapter 10: Best Practices for Class-Based Views
  • Chapter 11: Form Fundamentals
  • Chapter 12: Common Patterns for Forms
  • Chapter 13: Templates: Best Practices
  • Chapter 14: Template Tags and Filters
  • Chapter 15: Django Templates and Jinja2
  • Chapter 16: Building REST APIs
  • Chapter 17: Consuming REST APIs
  • Chapter 18: Tradeoffs of Replacing Core Components
  • Chapter 19: Working With the Django Admin
  • Chapter 20: Dealing with the User Model
  • Chapter 21: Django’s Secret Sauce: Third-Party Packages
  • Chapter 22: Testing Chapter of Doom!
  • Chapter 23: Documentation: Be Obsessed
  • Chapter 24: Finding and Reducing Bottlenecks
  • Chapter 25: Asynchronous Task Queues
  • Chapter 26: Security Best Practices
  • Chapter 27: Logging: Tips and Tools
  • Chapter 28: Signals: Use Cases and Avoidance Techniques
  • Chapter 29: What About Those Random Utilities?
  • Chapter 30: Deployment: Platforms as a Service
  • Chapter 31: Deploying Django Projects
  • Chapter 29: Identical Environments: The Holy Grail
  • Chapter 32: Continuous Integration
  • Chapter 33: The Art of Debugging
  • Chapter 34: Where and How to Ask Django Questions
  • Chapter 35: Closing Thoughts
  • Appendix A: Packages Mentioned In This Book
  • Appendix B: Troubleshooting
  • Appendix C: Additional Resources
  • Appendix D: Internationalization and Localization
  • Appendix E: Settings Alternatives
  • Appendix F: Working with Python 3

What is everyone saying about Two Scoops of Django?

  • I read the first edition cover to cover. The second one raises the bar again. It’s pedagogical, entertaining, and thoughtful. — Aymeric Augustin, Django core developer.
  • A single read-through of Two Scoops of Django gave me so many lightbulbs and tips; I had to go back for a second helping. — Lynn Root, Spotify engineer, PSF Director, and PyLadies ambassador.
  • Make sure you have your favorite project next to you while reading. You’ll be doing some rewriting. — Bryan Veloso, GitHubber, PyCon PH Keynote Speaker
  • You know those lessons you learn when projects blow up in your face? This book contains several projects worth of such lessons. — Lennart Regebro, author of “Porting to Python 3”
  • This is the book I wished had existed and I could have read when I started to really build Django projects. — Barry Morrison, Linux systems engineer and Django developer

Author(s): Daniel Roy Greenfeld, Audrey Roy Greenfeld

5. Hello Web App (2015)

Learn how to code your first web app and get on the path to building your next side project, your lifestyle business, or your startup. Written by a designer and aimed at non-programmers, Hello Web App teaches the basics of web app programming using Python and Django. The tutorial uses down-to-earth, friendly, and jargon-free writing to walk you through choosing a project, setting up a database, creating your website, building features, and launching your app so you can start working with real customers and users. Simply the easiest way to get started building your own dynamic websites. Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: What We’re Building
  • Chapter 2: Prerequisites
  • Chapter 3: Getting Started
  • Chapter 4: Setting Up Your Templates
  • Chapter 5: Fun With Template Tags
  • Chapter 6: Adding Dynamic Data
  • Chapter 7: Displaying Dynamic Information in the Templates
  • Chapter 8: Setting Up Individual Object Pages
  • Chapter 9: Forms.py Funsies
  • Chapter 10: Adding a Registration Page
  • Chapter 11: Setting Up Basic Browse Pages
  • Chapter 12: Quick Hits: 404 Pages, requirements.txt, and Testing
  • Chapter 13: Deploying Your Web App
  • Chapter 14: What To Do If Your App Is Broken
  • Chapter 15: Important Things to Know
  • Chapter 16: Moving Forward

Author(s): Tracy Osborn

6. Mastering Django: Core: The Complete Guide to Django 1.8 LTS (2016)

Want a book on the Django web framework that doesn't leave anything out?

One you know comes from an authoritative source that you can trust to give you the good stuff?

Well how about a book that was originally created by the creators of Django!

Yep, that's right – the original Django Book was written by none other than Adrian Holovaty and Jacob Kaplan-Moss – the seriously cool dudes who created Django.

Of course, the original book got a bit outdated and Jacob and Adrian moved on to bigger and better things, so the book has been in desperate need of an update for about 6 years.

Mastering Django: Core is that update – rewritten from the ground up to support the newest long term support (LTS) version of Django (Version 1.8 if you were wondering).

Mastering Django: Core delivers absolutely everything you will ever need to know to become a master Django programmer:

  • Detailed installation instructions for Python and Django to get you up and running fast.
  • Starts at an absolute beginners level and builds your skills to mastery
  • Written in an easy, conversational style. Jargon and new concepts are introduced in plain language to increase your understanding quickly.
  • Answers all of the most common questions asked by new Django programmers.
  • Leaves nothing out – every part of the Django core is covered.
  • Covers the long-term support version of Django which means your skills will be up to date for many years.

Author(s): Nigel George

7. Django Design Patterns and Best Practices (2015)

Easily build maintainable websites with powerful and relevant Django design patterns

About This Book

  • Unravel the common problems of web development in Django
  • Learn the current best practices while working in Django 1.7 and Python 3.4
  • Experience the challenges of working on an end-to-end social network project

Who This Book Is For

If you want to learn how best to utilize commonly found patterns and learn best practices in developing applications with Django, this is the book for you. This book, like Django itself, is accessible to amateur and professional developers alike and assumes little in the way of prior experience.

Although written for Python 3, the majority of the code in this book works in Python 2 or can be easily translated.

What You Will Learn

  • Understand common design patterns that can help you write better Django code
  • Discover the latest best practices and idioms in this rapidly evolving framework
  • Deep dive into various aspects of Django from Models and Views to testing and deployment
  • Get to grips with difficult topics such as dealing with legacy code and debugging
  • Familiarize yourself with the various nuances of web development such as browser attacks and databases
  • Reduce the maintenance burden with well-tested, cleaner code
  • Show your work to the world by learning about hosting, deploying, and securing your Django projects

In Detail

Learning how to write better Django code to build more maintainable websites either takes a lot of experience or familiarity with various design patterns. Filled with several idiomatic Django patterns, Django Design Patterns and Best Practices accelerates your journey into the world of web development.

Discover a set of common design problems, each tackling aspects of Django including model design and Views, and learn several recommended solutions with useful code examples and illustrations. You’ll also get to grips with the current best practices in the latest versions of Django and Python. Creating a successful web application involves much more than Django, so advanced topics including REST, testing, debugging, security, and deployment are also explored in detail.

Author(s): Arun Ravindran

8. Build Your First Website with Python and Django (2017)

Build your first website with Python and Django will teach you step by step, and in easy to understand language, how to design, build and deploy a complete website. Python has a strong reputation for being the easiest programming language to learn and paired with Django, they make a perfect platform for programmers to learn web application development. Beginners and programmers new to Django alike will get something out of this book. Each chapter is written in the same easy to understand style and each line of code is explained so you can gain a full understanding of what is going on in the application. The book concludes with full instructions on how to deploy the website you have created to the Internet.

Author(s): Nigel George

9. Django Unleashed (2015)

Django is an amazingly powerful system for creating modern, dynamic websites. But programming Django hasn’t always been easy–until now. Django Unleashed is your step-by-step, beginner-friendly guide to leveraging Django’s core capabilities and its powerful contributed library. You’ll learn in the most effective way possible: hands on, by building a fully functional Django website from scratch. You’ll even deploy the website to the cloud.

 

As you build your website, expert Django consultant and trainer Andrew Pinkham reveals how websites operate; how Django makes building websites easy; how to write Python code that leverages its immense capabilities; and how to build solutions that are robust, reliable, and secure. You’ll start simply and learn to solve increasingly challenging problems: mastering new features and understanding how Django’s architecture shapes their behavior, and gaining essential knowledge for working with any web framework, not just Django.

 

Drawing on his extensive experience teaching Django, Pinkham answers the key questions beginners ask most often. And as you gain experience, you’ll learn advanced techniques for enhancing site functionality and performance, strengthening security, promoting code reuse, and much more.

 

Detailed information on how to…

  • Quickly start a new Django project and establish a strong foundation for a growing site
  • Define how your data is organized and create a SQLite database to manage it
  • Quickly produce HTML with Django templates
  • Create dynamic webpages with Django’s URL patterns and views, including function views, class-based views, and generic views
  • Enable efficient, reliable data input with Django Forms and custom form validations
  • Understand the Model-View-Controller (MVC) architecture, compare it to Model-Template-Views, and gain a holistic understanding of Django’s structure
  • Write as little code as possible, simplify code reuse, and mitigate software decay by adhering to the Don’t Repeat Yourself paradigm.
  • Dive into Django source code to troubleshoot problems
  • Extend site functionality with Django’s contributed library
  • Protect your site with user authentication and permissions
  • Avoid security pitfalls such as SQL Injection, XSS, and CSRF
  • Optimize site performance
  • Deploy your site to a managed cloud service and to a PostgreSQL database

 

Author(s): Andrew Pinkham

10. Beginning Django: Web Application Development and Deployment with Python (2017)

Discover the Django web application framework and get started building Python-based web applications. This book takes you from the basics of Django all the way through to cutting-edge topics such as creating RESTful applications. Beginning Django also covers ancillary, but essential, development topics, including configuration settings, static resource management, logging, debugging, and email. Along with material on data access with SQL queries, you’ll have all you need to get up and running with Django 1.11 LTS, which is compatible with Python 2 and Python 3.
Once you’ve built your web application, you’ll need to be the admin, so the next part of the book covers how to enforce permission management with users and groups. This technique allows you to restrict access to URLs and content, giving you total control of your data. In addition, you’ll work with and customize the Django admin site, which provides access to a Django project’s data.
After reading and using this book, you’ll be able to build a Django application top to bottom and be ready to move on to more advanced or complex Django application development.

What You’ll Learn
  • Get started with the Django framework
  • Use Django views, class-based views, URLs, middleware, forms, templates, and Jinja templates
  • Take advantage of Django models, including model relationships, migrations, queries, and forms
  • Leverage the Django admin site to get access to the database used by a Django project
  • Deploy Django REST services to serve as the data backbone for mobile, IoT, and SaaS systems
Who This Book Is For 
Python developers new to the Django web application development framework and web developers new to Python and Django.

Author(s): Daniel Rubio

11. Pro Django (Expert’s Voice in Web Development) (2013)

Learn how to leverage Django, the leading Python web application development framework, to its full potential in this advanced tutorial and reference. Updated for Django 1.5 and Python 3, Pro Django, Second Edition examines in great detail the complex problems that Python web application developers can face and how to solve them. It provides in–depth information about advanced tools and techniques available in every Django installation, running the gamut from the theory of Django’s internal operations to actual code that solves real–world problems for high–volume environments.

Pro Django, Second Edition goes above and beyond other books, leaving the basics far behind and showing how Django can do things even its core developers never expected. By drawing on the dynamic nature of Python, you can write Django applications that stretch the limits of what you thought possible!

Author(s): Marty Alchin

12. Django: Web Development with Python (2016)

About This Book

  • Explore the best practices to develop applications of a superior quality with Django framework
  • Unravel the common problems of web development in Django
  • This course teaches you major Django functions and will help you improve your skills by developing models, forms, views, and templates
  • Experience the challenges of working on an end-to-end social network project

Who This Book Is For

Web developers who want to use modern Python-based web frameworks like Django to build powerful web applications. The course is mostly self-contained and introduces web development with Python to a reader who is familiar with web development concepts and can help him become an expert in this trade. It’s intended for all levels of web developers, both students and practitioners from novice to experts.

What You Will Learn

  • Use Django models to store information in a database and generate queries to access a database across models
  • Quickly develop web pages to create, read, update, and delete data from the model using class-based views
  • Generate very maintainable forms with Django
  • Import data from local sources and external web services, as well as exporting your data to third parties
  • Deep dive into various aspects of Django, from models and views to testing and deployment
  • Familiarize yourself with the various nuances of web development such as browser attacks and databases

In Detail

Data science is hot right now, and the need for multitalented developers is greater than ever before. A basic grounding in building apps with a framework as minimalistic, powerful, and easy-to-learn as Django will be a useful skill when launching your career as an entrepreneur or web developer.

Django is a web framework that was designed to strike a balance between rapid web development and high performance. This course will take you on a journey to become an efficient web developer who thoroughly understands the key concepts of the Django framework.

The first module, Django Essentials, is a practical guide, filled with many real-world examples to build highly effective Django web applications. In the second module, Web Development with Django Cookbook, you’ll learn varying complexities to help you create multilingual, responsive, and scalable websites with Django. The next step is to discover the latest best practices and idioms in the rapidly evolving Django framework. This is what you’ll be learning in our third module, Django Design Patterns and Best Practices. By the end of the module, you will be able to leverage the Django framework to develop a fully functional web application with minimal effort.

Author(s): Samuel Dauzon, Aidas Bendoraitis