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Upgrades: Django Old to Django New

April 09, 2013 9:51 a.m.

Upgrades: Making the Jump from Django Old to Django New

Sometimes we are faced with the challenge of upgrading old Django-based projects. The task can be daunting, as a lot has happened in Django within the last few years. Since Django 1.1.1, Django has been through 15 micro releases and 4 minor releases. The term "minor" seems deceptive as a lot of changes occur between Django 1.x and 1.[x+1]. The ideal situation would be to incrementally keep one's Django application up to date as new releases are issued; that's not always possible for ...

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Updated 04/09/13 @ 09:51AM CDT by jjasinski

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Sewing Success with Fabric

December 28, 2011 6:27 p.m.

I wanted to share a quick practical example of how Fabric, can make your development life easier. If you're unfamiliar with Fabric I recommend checking out its tutorial which describes Fabric thusly;

Fabric is a Python (2.5 or higher) library and command-line tool for streamlining

the use of SSH for 
application deployment or systems administration tasks.

The tutorial is a great resource as Fabric does not have a dense API. In fact, it has a childishly simple API. Today, I found myself using it to simplify a process I had been repeatedly performing manually. A client site of ...

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Updated 12/28/11 @ 06:27PM CST by dlacewell

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Geo Django Quickstart

September 21, 2011 12:37 p.m.

GeoDjango is a very powerful tool for storing and manipulating geographic data using the Django ORM.  It provides a simple API to determine distances between two points on a map, find areas of polygons, locate the points within a polygon, and much more.  

GeoDjango is fairly well documented on the Django website.  My aim with this walkthrough is to reduce the Django documentation to a simple set of steps that will quickly get you started experimenting with GeoDjango.  As a result, some of the initial steps are summarized from the Django site with only slight modifications to fit the circumstances ...

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Updated 09/21/11 @ 12:37PM CDT by jjasinski

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Django Admin Snippets

August 29, 2011 9:47 a.m.

At its minimum, the Django Admin is an effective tool for viewing and manipulating data within a Django database.  At its max, it can be a robust application allowing clients and administrators to better manage their web applications.  

This article aims to highlight some of the admin customizations that I find particularly useful when trying to make the admin more than just a data browsing tool.  If you’d like to follow along with this tutorial, you may view the associated, fully-functional Django Application at github:  The purpose of this application is simply to demonstrate ...

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Updated 08/29/11 @ 09:47AM CDT by jjasinski

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Django Form Snippets

November 17, 2010 9:52 a.m.

Django forms are very convenient tools for Django development, but sometimes I find myself wrangling with them to get them to do what I want them to do.  I’ve compiled a few simple form examples that I find useful for various form-related tasks.

Say you have a model that looks like this:

Example 1:
class MyModel(models.Model):
  myfield1= models.CharField(u'Field 1 Name', help_text='Field 1 help',
                            max_length=20, blank=True)
  myfield2 = models.CharField(u'Field 2 Name', help_text='Field 2 help',
                            max_length=20, blank=True)

As we know, generating a basic ModelForm for this model is ...

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Updated 11/17/10 @ 09:52AM CST by jjasinski

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