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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 2Django Is Python

Django, like other frameworks, is built on an underlying programming language—in this case, Python—to do its work. Many people who are new to Django are also new to Python, and Python's natural-feeling syntax combined with Django's energy-saving features can make Django seem like it uses some kind of meta-language, which isn't the case.

A proper understanding of what can be done in Django must begin with the knowledge that Django is simply Python, as are all of your applications. Anything that can be done in Python can be done in Django, which makes the possibilities nearly limitless.

This also means that Django applications have access not only to the entire Python standard library, but also to an immense collection ...

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