Since its release in 2005, Django (https://www.djangoproject.com/) has grown to be the leading framework for developing web applications in Python. It is used by major sites such as Pinterest, Instagram, and the Washington Post.
This introduction to web programming with Python and Django presumes experience with basic server-side web development principles in any language. The goal is to show how Django delivers solutions to many common problems and needs faced by web developers. It includes a polished, powerful back-end administration application that can be adapted to any project.
(Some developers call Python "executable pseudocode," meaning that it is relatively easy to read even if you haven't written it before. So if you lack Python experience, don't fear.)
During the session you will also see a simple site developed, from project skeleton to running web application.
Paul Bissex is a software developer specializing in Python and Django. He lives in Greenfield.
As a technology journalist and commentator, Paul wrote for publications such as Wired, Salon.com, and the Chicago Tribune. Paul is co-author of Python Web Development with Django, a popular book on the leading Python web framework.
Paul was previously Director of Software Development at Hallmark Institute of Photography, building both internal web applications and public websites. During that time he also taught web design and marketing skills to approximately 1000 budding professional photographers.
Paul works as a software developer for Cox Media Group, on the web/mobile publishing system used by all of CMG's television/radio/newspaper properties around the country.