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Week with python & Django

Spent the last week picking up Python and Django. Notes to self and anyone else who wants a quick start on Python/Django on Windows. Most Linux flavours already come with most tools needed for python development.


  • Installed ActivePython 2.6
  • Installed Komodo Edit
  • Installed Python Win32 Extensions (not sure why, but was recommended in some blog post and the project itself does not say much of what it does. Stuff like this gives me the heebie-jeebies.)
  • Installed Pinax, which in turn installed Django.
  • Installed PyQt4
  • Installed Eric4 (uninstalled after using it for 10 minutes)

Problems faced:

  • Pinax installation was a bit flawed, it could not install all dependencies. Worked around by manually installing (pip install else easy_install)
  • Windows 7 was not passing command line arguments to .py scripts. Had to hack registry and add %* to the end to make it work. See the Key and value below.

Registry screenshot

Getting started:

Python: Like everyone else, I followed and recommend ‘Dive Into Python’. But more importantly, this page of titbits is amazing extract from the book and quickly brings a Java dev up to speed. I should blog about ‘Python for Java developers’. Time spent 4 hrs.

Pinax: Stopped at the installation step. Will delve further after understanding Django better.

Django: Followed the tutorial, then the Django Book, and finally the Django Docs for a deep dive. Time spent 8 hrs.

Django is surely one on the best documented project and also very straight forward. It suits my style of writing code and I did not feel like giving up in few hours, like the experience I had with RoR. Will surely blog about Django more.

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What they don’t teach you at Engineering school

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I was brainstorming on the skills a software developer does not learn at school, which are essential for work and some which are needed for career growth.

Below is an embedded mind map, followed by an embedded public wave. Please feel free to contribute to the wave. If you do not have a wave account, here is the static version.

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