Django (web framework)
|Original author(s)||Lawrence Journal-World|
|Developer(s)||Django Software Foundation|
|Initial release||21 July 2005|
|Stable release||1.5.1  / 28 March 2013|
|Preview release||1.5 RC 1 / 4 January 2013|
|Type||Web application framework|
Django (pron.: // JANG-goh) is a free and open source web application framework, written in Python, which follows the model–view–controller architectural pattern. It is maintained by the Django Software Foundation (DSF), an independent organization established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit.
Django's primary goal is to ease the creation of complex, database-driven websites. Django emphasizes reusability and "pluggability" of components, rapid development, and the principle of don't repeat yourself. Python is used throughout, even for settings, files, and data models. Django also provides an optional administrative create, read, update and delete interface that is generated dynamically through introspection and configured via admin models.
Django was originally developed[by whom?] to manage several news-oriented sites for The World Company[not in citation given] of Lawrence, Kansas, and was released publicly under a BSD license in July 2005; the framework was named after guitarist Django Reinhardt.[dead link] In June 2008, it was announced that a newly formed Django Software Foundation (DSF) would maintain Django in the future.
The core Django MVC framework consists of an object-relational mapper which mediates between data models (defined as Python classes) and a relational database ("Model"); a system for processing requests with a web templating system ("View") and a regular-expression-based URL dispatcher ("Controller").
Also included in the core framework are:
- A lightweight, standalone web server for development and testing.
- A form serialization and validation system which can translate between HTML forms and values suitable for storage in the database.
- A caching framework which can use any of several cache methods.
- Support for middleware classes which can intervene at various stages of request processing and carry out custom functions.
- An internal dispatcher system which allows components of an application to communicate events to each other via pre-defined signals.
- An internationalization system, including translations of Django's own components into a variety of languages.
- A serialization system which can produce and read XML and/or JSON representations of Django model instances.
- A system for extending the capabilities of the template engine.
- An interface to Python's built-in unit test framework.
Bundled applications 
The main Django distribution also bundles a number of applications in its "contrib" package, including:
- An extensible authentication system.
- The dynamic administrative interface.
- Tools for generating RSS and Atom syndication feeds.
- A flexible commenting system.
- A sites framework that allows one Django installation to run multiple websites, each with their own content and applications.
- Tools for generating Google Sitemaps.
- Built-in mitigation for cross-site request forgery, cross-site scripting, SQL injection, password cracking and other typical web attacks, most of them turned on by default
- Template libraries which enable the use of lightweight markup languages such as Textile and Markdown.
- A framework for creating GIS applications.
Server arrangements 
Django can be run in conjunction with Apache, NGINX using WSGI or Cherokee using flup (a Python module). Django also includes the ability to launch a FastCGI server, enabling use behind any web server which supports FastCGI, such as Lighttpd or Hiawatha. It is also possible to use other WSGI-compliant web servers. Django officially supports four database backends: PostgreSQL, MySQL, SQLite, and Oracle. Microsoft SQL Server can be used with django-mssql but only in Microsoft operating systems, while similarly external backends exist for IBM DB2, SQL Anywhere and Firebird. There is a fork named django-nonrel which supports NoSQL databases, such as MongoDB and Google App Engine's Datastore.
Django may also be run in conjunction with Jython on any Java EE application server such as GlassFish or JBoss. In this case django-jython must be installed in order to provide JDBC drivers for database connectivity, which also provides functionality to compile Django in to a .war suitable for deployment.
Using Django 
Online resources 
- The Django Book - Released under the GNU Free Documentation License. First published in December 2007 (and updated in 2009) by Apress as The Definitive Guide to Django: Web Development Done Right.
- How to run Django on Lighttpd with FastCGI
- Django Basics - Installing Django and Setting Up a Project and an App
- Alchin, Marty (16 December 2008), Pro Django (1st ed.), Apress, p. 320, ISBN 1-430-21047-8
- Forcier, Jeff; Bissex, Paul; Chun, Wesley (3 November 2008), Python Web Development with Django (1st ed.), Addison-Wesley, p. 408, ISBN 0-13-235613-9, OCLC 213835556
- Bennett, James (24 June 2009), Practical Django Projects (2nd ed.), Apress, p. 272, ISBN 1-430-21938-6
- Holovaty, Adrian; Kaplan-Moss, Jacob (8 July 2009), The Definitive Guide to Django: Web Development Done Right (which The Django book (djangobook.com) is based on also under GNU FDL) (2nd ed.), Apress, p. 536, ISBN 1-430-21936-X GNU Free Documentation License
- McGaw, Jim (29 October 2009), Beginning Django E-Commerce (1st ed.), Apress, p. 300, ISBN 1-430-22535-1
- Greenfeld, Daniel; Roy, Audrey (January 2013), Two Scoops of Django: Best Practices for Django 1.5 (1st ed.), Two Scoops Press, p. 306, ISBN 1481879707
Integrated development environments for Python 
While a number of Django developers use text editors such as Vim, Emacs, TextMate or Sublime with Django Bundle for their projects, others prefer python tools providing debugging, refactoring, unit testing, etc.
- Eclipse with PyDev
- Aptana Studio with integrated PyDev
- Komodo IDE
- Wing IDE
- Eric Python IDE
- IntelliJ IDEA with Django plugin, provides functionality similar to PyCharm
- NetBeans with Django Plugin
- Microsoft Visual Studio with Python Tools for Visual Studio
- Ninja IDE
Django-based software 
For full list of packages see djangopackages.com
- Django-cms - Free website revision system
Notable free e-commerce softwares
- Lightning Fast Shop (LFS)
|0.90||16 Nov 2005|
|0.91||11 Jan 2006|
|0.95||29 Jul 2006|
|0.96||23 Mar 2007|
|1.0||3 Sep 2008|
|1.1||29 Jul 2009|
|1.2||17 May 2010|
|1.3||23 Mar 2011|
|1.4||23 Mar 2012|
|1.5||26 Feb 2013|
There is a biannual conference for Django developers and users, named "DjangoCon", that has been held since September 2008. One DjangoCon a year is held in Europe, in May or June; while the other is held in the United States in September, usually in Portland, Oregon. The 2012 DjangoCon took place in Washington D.C from 3 to 8 September.
See also 
- Kaplan-Moss, Jacob (28 March 2013). "Django 1.5.1 released". Django Weblog. Retrieved 4 April 2013.
- Bennett, James (4 January 2013). "Django 1.5 release candidate". Django Weblog. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
- What does "Django" mean, and how do you pronounce it?
- Django FAQ about MVC in Django
- Pinterest: What technologies were used to make Pinterest? - Quora
- "What Powers Instagram: Hundreds of Instances, Dozens of Technologies".
- Python | MDN
- "20 Creative Websites Running Django".
- LJWorld.com / About us
- "Django FAQ". Lawrence Journal-World. Retrieved 1 April 2008.
- Announcing the Django Software Foundation
- "Security in Django". Django Project. Retrieved March 25, 2013.
- Socol, James (2012). "Best Basic Security Practices (Especially with Django)". Retrieved March 25, 2013.
- Django documentation of deployment
- Cookbook: Setting up Django
- How to use Django with Apache and mod_wsgi. Official Django documentation.
- Running Pure Django Projects on Google App Engine. Code.google.com (2010-11-01). Retrieved on 5 December 2011.
- About this book
- Django development IDEs discussion at Stackoverflow
- NetBeans Django Plugin
- "Introducing Django 0.90". Django weblog. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
- "Django 0.91 released". Django weblog. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
- "Introducing Django 0.95". Django weblog. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
- "Announcing Django 0.96!". Django weblog. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
- "Django 1.0 released!". Django weblog. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
- "Django 1.1 released". Django weblog. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
- "Django 1.2 released". Django weblog. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
- "Django 1.3 released". Django weblog. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
- "Django 1.4 released". Django weblog. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
- "Django 1.5 released" Django weblog. Retrieved 27 February 2013.
- DjangoCon EU series, Lanyrd.com
- DjangoCon US series, Lanyrd.com
- "DjangoCon". DjangoCon. Retrieved 29 July 2012.