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MelbDjango School Lesson 1


Thursday September 11th
From 4:00pm to 6:00pm Common Code Codeshop in Abbotsford.



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MelbDjango 1.4


Thursday September 11th
6:00pm for a 7:00pm start at the Common Code Codeshop in Abbotsford.



Pizza & Drinks will be provided by Common Code.

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Past Meetups

The crowd gathers to listen to Jacob's talk at MelbDjango 1.3

1.3: First up was Jacob talking us through reusable apps in Django by showing us how he build django-polarize. Colin & David took us down the Javascript path with their talk about the ways Django & Angular can work together to create great applications. And then Jon set fire to a Django codebase in order to refactor and improve it - showing us a few things not to do but also that it's always possible to get back to solid ground.

Special Event: On August 7th Django core developer Andrew Godwin dropped by the Code Shop to present his talk Django's Migrations: A Retrospective to an enthusiastic crowd of Django & Python developers. Andrew is the creator of South and implemented the migrations feature of Django 1.7.

1.2: Lightning talks, oh my! 10 amazing speakers in less than two hours, here's links to the ones that are available!

Gaurav took us through ripping content with requests and beautifulsoup. Jacob introduced us to using bower for managing our javascript dependencies [PDF]. Justin has been using .using() for data migrations. Anthony spent some time convincing us that doing Databases 101 from Stanford was a great idea (it is!).

Jon takes us through how he's using YAML files to manage settings for a large platform. Dan gave us his five "pro-tips" for using Celery. Michael showed of his django-wham project for navigating REST APIs. Plus (no slides, sorry!) - Darren & Daryl introduced their Django school, Chris showed us some of the "worst" things about Django and Curtis showed us how RPC is an alternative to REST.

1.1: We made cheese! Jonathan Moss showed us how Django is influencing his cheese (yes, literal cheese) making process, including a live demo and grilled halloumi. Plus Nam Ngo showed us how to utilise some of the more interesting Django design patterns in our own code.

1.0: Our 12th meetup (and one year anniversary!) was held on May 8th, 2014. With sponsorship from both Common Code & Gizmag! Curtis spoke about the best ways to get help from the Django community, primarily through #django on freenode. Brenton spoke about some of the upcoming features in Django 1.7, and Sebastian made us all very jealous of his PyCon US adventure.

0.11: Held on April 10th, 2014 with pizza and drinks supplied by Common Code. We had a talk about deploying to Heroku from Gaurav and a great overview of using and developing third-party applications from Jacob.

0.10: Held on March 13th, 2014 with pizza and drinks supplied by Common Code. After a little bit of a rough start, Brenton gave a demo of deploying Django application with Windows Azure. Turns out that it's not particularly difficult, but also not advisable.

0.9: Our first meetup for the year was held on February 6th, 2014 with drinks and pizza supplied by Common Code. There were three really great talk, Curtis inspired us to dig deeped with his talk "Why I Re-Invent". Nick gave us a look at what's happening in the world of Django Rest Framework, and Dan was looking for help giving back to the community with the PTNT project.

0.8: The MelbDjango Christmas party and meetup was held on December 12, 2013 with drinks and pizza supplied by Common Code. Jacob gave us an introduction to finite state machines (and an implementation in Django), Seb showed us just how bad multi table inheritence can be and Curtis gave us our first introduction to the new features coming in Django 1.7.

0.7: We had a stellar line-up on November 14th, 2013 with drinks and pizza supplied by Common Code. Josh brought some front-end chops to MelbDjango with his introduction to Chrome Inspector. Jonathan showed us how awesome django-oscar can be. Curtis took up the sword to fight for django-nap, showing us how to use it's publishers even when you're not producing an API. And Daryl gave us our first look at Economica - a new ecommerce platform being developed by Common Code.

0.6 - Lightning Talks: We had a whopping 11 speakers show up on October 10th, 2013 for our first even lightning talks session! With sponsorship from both Common Code & Gizmag, it was a great night that can't possibly be summarised in a few sentences here!

0.5: Our 5th meetup was held on September 12th, 2013 with pizza and beer from Common Code. Danielle took us through behaviour driven development with Django and Lettuce, our first test-focussed talk, and it was a hit. Colin spoke about securing Django environments with a particular focus on settings up your AWS infastructure properly.

0.4: Time flies when you're having fun, we had three speakers on August 8th, 2013, plus pizza and beer from Common Code. Gaurav showed us how to package up your application and get it on PyPI, plus gave us some insight into just how complex the world of Python packages can be. Luciano showed off the some sweet tools to work with natural language processing. Plus Jacob showed us a bunch of interesting testing techniques that they're using at Gizmag.

0.3: July 11th, 2013 was our post PyCon AU catch up, with pizza and beer from Common Code. Nick showed us a bunch of ways that you can test the performace of your Django application. We got an introduction to Salt Stack from Seb (unfortunately the Salt Stack mini-conf clashed with the Django mini-conf at PyCon). And Jacob showed us some interested edge cases when using Django admin and the built in permissions framework.

0.2: June 13th, 2013 saw our second meetup, focussing on deploying Django application. Pizza and beer were provided by Common Code. Brenton introduced piprot a tool for keeping your requirements files in order. Mark showed us how to utilise Fabric for deploying and managing your Django application. And Dan took us through a demo of migrating from MySQL to Postgres (something we should all think about doing!).

0.1: Our first ever meetup was held on May 8th, 2013! Pizza and beer provided Common Code. We got together and talk about Django for the first time, and it was awesome! Daryl introduced Common Code and spoke about why he wanted to start and support a meetup for the Django community. And Colin showed us a bunch of places for Django developers to get help and learn more about the framework.


We're amazed by the quality of talks coming our of Melbourne's Django community, so we've put together an index of our speakers in case you'd like to get in touch with them. (alphabetical by first name - we love them all equally)