Design decision needed! I’m breaking my head over our user interface. We make quite elaborate geographical water-related websites at work (you can see a screenshot at http://lizard.org/). A heading with some navigation, a sidebar, a map (and possibly text and graphs in addition to it), some UI buttons here and there, that sort of stuff.
The question: how much ajax should we use? This is also an important question for Django as a whole. I remember Jacob’s keynote in Berlin in 2010 where he effectively said that all those new-fangled dynamic internet thingies were a potential risk to Django:
The web is in flux. NoSQL is taking up fast. Which can be a problem with Django’s original sql-only approach. And what about html5, client side storage, etcetera? It is in any case a challenge of what we know. Jacob’s tip: challenge yourself by examining all those nifty new scary technologies.
My thoughts are probably a bit old-fashioned. But I’d also like to think my thoughts still make solid engineering sense. Here are some of them:
Opinions? Tips? Can you suggest a different way that I should look at this problem?
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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