Is Django the way to go for a newbie?

Gary Roach gary719_list1 at
Mon Aug 10 01:25:16 CEST 2015

On 08/08/2015 09:08 PM, Dwight GoldWinde wrote:
> I am both new to Python and I haven’t even touched Django yet.
> I understand I that I need Django or something like it to develop my 
> website.
> From what I have read, Python and Django somewhat go together.
> Is that true?
> Or is there another development platform better for someone like me 
> than Django?
> Any and all feedback or questions are much appreciated.
> Always, Dwight
> (video playlist on YouTube)
> (all my books on Amazon)
I'm also somewhat of a newbie but seem to be a little further down the 
road than you are. So hear is some advise from someone with recent bruises.

The advise to learn python first is a very good piece of advice. I tried 
Postgresql and Django first and got bogged down just about the time that 
I was starting to get past the setup phase. You might try "Learning 
Python The Hard Way". It's working for me.

Django v.s. other frameworks. It depends on what you want to do. I'm 
working on a data archiving project so the fact that Dango was / is 
developed by a couple of newspaper journalists fits well with my 
project. This may not be true for you. I will say that once you set the 
system up you will probably never see the sql database again. A very 
good thing.

What ever you do set up virtualenv and vertualenvwrapper. Not only will 
this keep you project code away from the rest of your system, it will 
allow you to run different versions of software simultaneously.
(Note: Unless you are using SQLite your database engine will be 
installed globally. Everything else inside the wrapper using pip.)

There are a lot of scripting languages out there and everyone has a 
favorite. No matter what Python strikes me as being a good choice. You 
will need some kind of an Integrated Development Environment (IDE). I 
happen to like Ninja-Ide. (Don't everyone start throwing rocks. We all 
have our favorites. An no, I haven't checked them all out.)

This is my first programming in some years too. I use to be a whiz at 
fortran, C and Xbase but haven't done anything since I retired.

Good luck

Gary R
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