[portland] Apress Seeks reviewers for new Pylons and Django books

kirby urner kirby.urner at gmail.com
Thu Jan 8 23:56:44 CET 2009

I have too many review commitments to try at another, though one of
those seems to have gone very back burner, should be cartoons anyway,
not a book (or at least both -- comic book?, but more cerebral than
Archie (for dummies)).

Django, on the other hand, I continue to be impressed with, like the
idea of those journalists, used to deadlines, finding a way to
streamline a web framework, just have regexps parse urls, trigger
views, serve templates.  Layer an SQL proxy language to cover the
different back ends, and voila, ready for action, just add Apache (and
the back end, static media etc.).

Where I work, you've got this vast cube farm of Microsoft Office
people, harvesting data sometimes.  But as soon as they go to share,
multi-user, there's nothing robust that they've been instructed in how
to use.  Serious databases are read-only (customized by others)
whereas local cube Access mdbs just aren't that serious.  So there's
this open gap, nation-wide, where people are looking for the car keys
to affordable DB work.  That's where open source has exploded with
LAMP (now ARM / AMP) in eCommerce, but the local office intranet is
still to see the benefits in many cases, still stuck in the 1980s and
thick client solutions.

Anyway, that's my read.  Wish they taught SQL and regexps in high
school, in the context of what they're used for, think we'd attract
more small time community gardeners, curators, stamp collectors, all
manner of hobbiest just wanting to get stuff out there, not having the
money to pay XYZ to do it all for her.  Teach Django at Cleveland and
Grant, why not?


On Wed, Jan 7, 2009 at 4:42 PM, Michael Schurter
<michael at susens-schurter.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 7, 2009 at 4:41 PM, jason kirtland <jek at discorporate.us> wrote:
>> Wow big response!  I heard from a mess of folks and just sent in our
>> request. (2 Pylons, 3 Django).  I don't think they have many copies to go
>> around and as this was first-come, first-served, I sent in our list without
>> further delay.  Sorry if anyone missed out!
> Given I've already admitted to the world that I've gotten a free
> Django books before, I can be at the bottom of the list.  ;-)
> Cheers,
> Michael "Doesn't know how to use mailing lists" Schurter
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