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Pro Django

Cover of Pro Django by Marty Alchin Published by Apress
  1. Title Page
  2. Contents at a Glance
  3. Contents
  4. About the Author
  5. Acknowledgments
  6. Preface
  7. Introduction
    1. What This Book Is Not
    2. Who This Book Is For
    3. Interpreting Code Samples
    4. Prerequisites
  8. CHAPTER 1: Understanding Django
    1. Philosophy
    2. Community
    3. Now What?
  9. CHAPTER 2: Django Is Python
    1. How Python Builds Classes
    2. Common Duck-Typing Protocols
    3. Augmenting Functions
    4. Descriptors
    5. Introspection
    6. Applied Techniques
    7. Now What?
  10. CHAPTER 3: Models
    1. How Django Processes Model Classes
    2. Getting Information About Models
    3. Using Model Fields
    4. Subclassing Fields
    5. Dealing with Files
    6. Signals
    7. Applied Techniques
    8. Now What?
  11. CHAPTER 4: URLs and Views
    1. URLs
    2. Views
    3. Applied Techniques
    4. Now What?
  12. CHAPTER 5: Forms
    1. Declaring and Identifying Fields
    2. Binding to User Input
    3. Custom Fields
    4. Defining HTML Behavior
    5. Applied Techniques
    6. Now What?
  13. CHAPTER 6: Templates
    1. What Makes a Template
    2. Context
    3. Retrieving Templates
    4. Adding Features for Templates
    5. Applied Techniques
    6. Now What?
  14. CHAPTER 7: Handling HTTP
    1. Requests and Responses
    2. Writing HTTP Middleware
    3. HTTP-Related Signals
    4. Applied Techniques
    5. Now What?
  15. CHAPTER 8: Backend Protocols
    1. Database Access
    2. Authentication
    3. Files
    4. Session Management
    5. Caching
    6. Template Loading
    7. Context Processors
    8. Applied Techniques
    9. Now What?
  16. CHAPTER 9: Common Tools
    1. Core Exceptions
    2. Text Modification
    3. Data Structures
    4. Functional Utilities
    5. Signals
    6. Now What?
  17. CHAPTER 10: Coordinating Applications
    1. Contacts
    2. Real Estate Properties
    3. Now What?
  18. CHAPTER 11: Enhancing Applications
    1. Recording the Current User
    2. Keeping Historical Records
    3. Now What?
  19. APPENDIX: Contributing to Django
    1. Reporting a Ticket
    2. Supplying a Patch
    3. Writing Tests
    4. Writing Documentation
    5. Development Sprints
    6. Publishing Code
    7. Releasing an Application
  20. Index
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CHAPTER 1Understanding Django

Code alone isn't enough. Sure, it's what the computer runs, but code has to come from somewhere. A programmer has to sit down and decide what features to include, how they should be implemented, what other software to utilize and how to provide hooks for future enhancements to be added. It's easy to skip straight to code, ignoring the cognitive process that produces it, but great programmers always have reasons for the decisions they make.

With a framework, like Django, many such decisions have already been made, and the tools provided are shaped by these decisions and by the programmers who made them. By adopting these philosophies in your own code, not only will you be consistent with Django and other applications, ...

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