Loek Van Gent has done lots of php/zend work for many, many years. Now python/django for 3 years. He is a member of the 1% club, they support small initiatives that help change society, a “do-good crowd funding platform”.
They went from two separate sites to one site that could be used as a white label/multi-tenant site. It took quite some engineering effort. And they also made a couple of UI changes, more or less 2% of the work. The boss’s reaction? “Wow, I love the new design, great job”.
The title of his talk is “true beauty is on the inside, but users are shallow”. In this case, the boss was shallow and only looked at the the outside, even though 98% of the work was on the backend of the website.
Nothing really wrong with that. It underscores the importance of how something looks.
He demoed the creation of a django project. A site and two apps. Each app of
course has a
static/ directory. But you shouldn’t do
that. At least according to the 1.8 edition of “2 scoops of django”. You
should have one place in your site for templates and static files. But we can
go even further.
Let’s look at some front-end tools:
It is starting to look like an entire project inside your django project. Yes! That’s it. That’s what he’s trying to say.
Why not have django with django rest framework talking to a separate front-end? The front-end can then be made with a full framework like ember or reactjs.
Summing it up:
My name is Reinout van Rees and I work a lot with Python (programming language) and Django (website framework). I live in The Netherlands and I'm happily married to Annie van Rees-Kooiman.
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