All About Django
July 6th, 2023
One of the most popular web frameworks to build maintainable and secure websites is Django. It is Python-based and comes “out of the box” with lots of necessary features so our developers can focus on creating your website or web app without needing to reinvent the wheel over and over again.
Django was initially created by a team of developers who built and maintained a number of newspaper websites. Over time they realized they were using and reusing a lot of common code and design patterns – so they funneled all that into a generic web development framework, which was named the “Django” project in mid-2005.
Django is now thriving. It’s a collaborative open source project with thousands of users and contributors which means it’s up to date with readily available documentation and an active community.
What Do Coretechs Developers Like About It?
While we enjoy working in many different frameworks and languages, our developers specifically love Django for a variety of reasons.
Simple and Fast
One of Django’s primary goals is to simplify work for developers. To accomplish that, the Django framework uses:
- The idea of rapid development, which means that developers can do more than one iteration at a time without needing to start the whole schedule, or series of tasks, from scratch
“Django speeds up my development process by seamlessly handling common project essentials, allowing me to concentrate on the specific needs of each product.”
Matt, Senior Developer
- Don’t Repeat Yourself philosophy (or the DRY philosophy), which means developers can reuse existing code and focus on writing code specific to their project.
“Django follows the principle of “Don’t Repeat Yourself” (DRY) and provides a lot of built-in functionality, such as authentication, database management, form handling, and administrative interfaces. This approach simplifies maintenance, reduces bugs, and improves development efficiency.”
Vinod, Django Developer
From a project manager’s perspective, Django is powerful. It provides a way to edit the database without being a developer – the Django admin portal. Some of our clients use this too. It acts like a hybrid portal between the developer and consumer.
“Django has a “batteries included” approach to create a space for customers, employees, and developers to manage their data without having to interact with the database directly.”
Chad, Django Developer
Django releases new security patches on a regular basis to address common security issues such as clickjacking, cross-site scripting, and SQL injection. Django is usually the first one to respond to vulnerabilities and alert other frameworks.
Django can be used to create a large variety of applications, such as content management tools, social networking platforms, or scientific computing systems. It’s also used for eCommerce websites, health care and financial applications, and more.
Easy to Learn
Django is relatively easy to learn for developers who are familiar with Python, as Django is written in Python and follows Python principles. But even for new beginners, it is not difficult to get started, with excellent documentation and resources available. It has few gotchas or caveats.
Very Active Development Community
Django has a large, active developer community. There are lots of great resources and tutorials available in it that make learning and developing with Django even easier.
Major platforms such as Instagram, Dropbox, Pinterest and Spotify are powered by Django.
How We Have Used It in the Past
At Coretechs we have used Django on a large variety of projects.
For one of our clients, we created an eCommerce site and a mobile eCommerce app using the Django framework.
For a global visa services provider, we’ve used Django to implement image processing capabilities and website automation.
For a property management company, we used Django to develop an apartment parking pass management system.
Our team is well-versed in full-stack development using Django. Contact us today to start bringing your Django project to life!