First steps in Django
What is Django?
I'd like to start by addressing some common questions people ask.
Is Python and Django same?
Python and Django are intertwined but not the same. Python is a programming language that is used for varied applications: artificial intelligence, machine learning, desktop apps, etc. On the other hand, Django is a Python framework for full-stack web application development and server development.
Django, pronounced "jango," is a free and open-source framework that was first released in 2005. Django was named after the famous jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. Over time, many other Python frameworks have been developed, but Django has remained one of the most popular because of its flexibility and security. Django is suitable for both front-end and back-end web development. The integrated Python libraries make it easy for rapid development. Django has become widely accepted across industries. Because of its growing popularity, providers are more readily available to support Django applications on their platforms.
Is Django frontend or backend?
Django is a collection of Python libs allowing you to quickly and efficiently create a quality Web application, and is suitable for both frontend and backend.
Django offers a complete framework solution, which means it provides everything you need to quickly deploy your projects. Django offers great out-of-the-box security, a vast community of users, and can scale on demand. For these reasons, it's considered a framework of choice by many developers. By using Django, you can develop complex and database-driven web applications that can include:
- Machine Learning
- E-commerce Platforms
- Data Analysis
- Content Management
Famous websites using Django
The following is list of websites built with Django or powered by it in some way such as API's.
Disqus : One of the greatest projects made with Django. It allows you to implement comments and discussion options on your site, analyze audience activity and customize ad serving. Using the Django framework allowed the team not only to create the website quickly, but to keep scaling it for millions of new users. Now the Disqus team uses other frameworks as well, but Django continues to be a top choice due to its ever-growing community and multiple ready-to-implement options.
Instagram : One of the most famous and fast-growing social networks, Instagram is another example of a website built with Python+Django. Why? Instagram processes enormous amounts of data and user interactions (likes, shares, etc.). With Django, the Instagram team can handle all of this, in addition to benefitting from ready-to-implement instruments that allow them to concentrate on UI and UX without having to think about the technology that makes them work.
YouTube : The site that clearly needs no introduction. It was First built with PHP, but rapid audience growth and the necessity to implement new features fast led the team join the Django community. And the choice was fully justified, as audience growth hasn’t stopped (luckily for them), and new features appear very often (luckily for us).
Mozilla : One of the most popular browsers, Mozilla, needs to cope with hundreds of millions of queries every month. Given the number of queries they receive over API, it’s easy to understand why the team decided to move from PHP+CakePHP to Python+Django. Now, the Mozilla support website and all the add-ons for their browser are powered by Django.
DropBox : The most famous and popular cloud-based storage app for documents, video, graphics, and so on. You can access your files anywhere and from any device (when you are online, of course). Python was used to make the backend and client desktop software. It allowed the team to come up with the product relatively quickly. Using Django, the developers had an opportunity to add the user history option, synchronize an account across different devices, and, most importantly, add the file sharing option.
BitBucket : Launched back in 2008, this cloud-based Git repository attracted millions of developers. With 17 million requests and 6 million repositories in a year, it is one of the most heavily loaded Django-based web applications. The BitBucket team opted to use Django for several reasons. The first one is the thousands of developers in its community. The second reason, which we referred to earlier, is Django’s suite of ready-to-implement solutions. Thus, BitBucket can take what they need and spend more time thinking about how to make its product even better.
Of course, the number of websites made on Django is far greater than 10, these are just some of them. Source
Salary for Django developers
The national average salary for a Django Developer is $89,736 per year in United States. Source
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In this article, I explained what django was, its usefulness and relevance and salary range. In the next, I'll write about how to get started building with Django.