[Baypiggies] Production users of Django?
glen at glenjarvis.com
Sat Jul 24 02:14:54 CEST 2010
Jeff -- I deal with many customers with different applications. The survey
questions seem very specific to a single application. I may not at all be
the target audience you wanted to interview :( Sorry...
> Django survey questions:
> 1. Which of the scenario(s) below apply to your application?
> A. On-premise, company-internal users
> B. Hosted, company-external users
> C. Company-external users, running on their hardware/intranet
> D. Something else?
2. How many customers and/or users does your application have?
It depends upon the users. Most of what I do has a pretty small scale --
less than 100 users at a time generally. But, that just seems to be the
customers that I attract more than a limitation of any kind.
3. Are you using Django more as an application framework or as a content
> management framework?
Application Framework. Definitely.
> 4. What industry are you in?
IT/Programming (I also work in a phylogenetic lab, but that's not really
5. What does your application do (as much detail as you are willing to
These depend upon the customer we're talking about. Some examples are: A
networked kisok for barber shops in Spain for automated metric tracking; A
Barbados-based Private Investigator case tracking database (this one I still
host for the client); A few governmental agencies websites/applications.
> 6. Is this application your company's primary source of revenue?
I have coded applications for other people and host them. I don't have an
"app" of my own. I should. I need the passive income.
> 7. What components other than Django do you use in your production
> configuration (e.g. database type, web server, cache, etc.)?
I had a previous life as an Informix DBA for years. So, I'm very partial to
Postgres over MySQL. (Postgres shared some code-base and operates somewhat
similarly). I've always used Apache with mod_python (phasing out) to
mod_wsgi. I generally pick a single type of app/customer and stick with it.
So my stack is:
Django | Pylons (diversifying here - but mostly Django)
I have needed to use memcached on occasion.
8. How many servers do you use for your production system?
A few (intentionally vague).
9. What do you use for deployment?
I still haven't gotten professional enough to really deploy in a scalable
way. I still do most deployment manually. I need to learn Simeon's
PIP/VirtualEnv tech talk
> 10. Do you use any cloud or hosting services? If so, which ones?
> 11. What are your biggest pain points in terms of deployment,
> configuration, and management? Would you be willing to pay money to have
> someone take care of these for you?
I don't have any pain points. I deal with Sun Grid clusters on a daily
basis, configure software regularly, and keep things fairly maintained. I
don't have enough work that someone would need to take care of this (and I
get a sense of satisfaction from well oiled machines - so I rather like this
type of work). And, it's light enough/organized enough not to be a pain
Whatever you can do or imagine, begin it;
boldness has beauty, magic, and power in it.
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