If you somehow haven’t heard, Python has risen to become one of the most popular programming languages in the world, for both professional developers and beginners alike. It manages at once to be both an outstanding tool for intensive tasks like machine learning or artificial intelligence, and a great first language.
In this piece we’re going to discuss one of the most popular web-development frameworks for python: Django
What Is a Framework?
Frameworks are designed with the goal of making programmers more productive. If you think about it, this makes them an extension of the motives that compelled people to invent programming in the first place. The first computer scientists built computers to complete the wide variety of repetitive tasks at which machines are much more efficient than people.
Then they created programming languages because it’s really hard to think in binary.
By bundling together lots of common functionality, aiding in locating and correcting bugs, and just generally making a coder’s life easier, frameworks represent a further step in this process.
What Kind of Framework is Django?
Frameworks are usually designed to excel in a certain domain. There are machine learning frameworks, data science frameworks, cloud computing frameworks, and many others.
Django is a framework for front end web development. It’s common to split web development into front end and backend varieties. Front end web development tends to be user-facing, and usually focuses on building dynamic and responsive web pages that are aesthetically pleasing. Backend web development, by contrast, is much more concerned with reading from and writing to databases and servers.
Django is open-source, which means it’s freely available to be used by anyone. According to the project website, Django prioritizes being exceptionally fast, scalable, and secure. It is able to handle a range of tasks common to developing web applications, including site maps, user authentication, real simple syndication (RSS) feeds, and more.
Perhaps this is why it’s used to maintain popular, high-quality websites like Instagram, Pinterest, and National Geographic. If it’s able to handle the workload posed by projects like these, it can surely handle whatever you want to do.
Learning More About Django
If you’re a web developer who’s interested in learning more about this powerful framework, here are some resources to kick-start your djourney into Django.
- The tutorial from the Django project will have you building a simple web application in no time.
- I have been using the Real Python tutorials for years to sharpen my skills with the language, so I have no doubt that their material on Django will help you immensely.
- If you’re more of a visual learner, check out this 3-hour long video on using Django as a beginner. It’s from freeCodeCamp, an organization well-known for producing quality content.
There you have it! All the background and information you need to become a Django Djedi (last pun, I promise).