Eric Floehr is the man behind ForecastWatch and ForecastAdvisor, two Django-powered weather websites that aggregate and analyse weather forecasts to compare their accuracy on an ongoing basis. This week, I spoke to Eric about the history behind his sites, how he handles massive data sets, and his conversion from Ruby on Rails to Django. You can read all about it over at the Django Site of the Week.
This weeks' SOTW was delayed by a day due to our Australia Day celebrations on the 26th of January. I figured if they can delay an international Tennis match for fireworks, I could delay this as well :)
The Django Site of the Week is back after a Christmas-induced break with an interview with Adrian Holovaty. Adrian is no stranger to Django, and his name is known throughout the community as one of the brains behind Django's birth and subsequent open-source release. His latest project EveryBlock is the evolution of an earlier mashup, chicagocrime.org, which won Adrian a number of awards. So what are the driving forces behind EveryBlock? I recently spoke with Adrian to find out.
For the un-initiated, Satchmo is one of Django's 'killer apps', providing an e-commerce platform that enables Django-powered shopping sites to be built with ease. Bruce is on the core development team and was able to provide us with a great insight into the project.
You can read the interview now.
Note: Due to Christmas and New Years, there will be no Django SOTW next week. We'll return on January 3rd, 2009. Have a great holiday season!
Since I started DjangoSites over a year ago, the response has been fantastic. I used to approve a handful of websites a week, recently it's more like a half-dozen a day.
I've decided that a bunch of those websites are just awesome, and I wanted to have a chat with the owners of those sites and share their stories with the Django Community. Most larger or more unique stories have a story behind them, and the experiences of the team building them are vary from project to project.
Upon approaching the owners of a number of cool websites powered by Django, I received great feedback and enthusiastic responses. So far there are a few weeks of interviews ready to be published, with more on the way.
The first website we've featured is Disqus, a hosted comment engine that can be used on any blog or website for free. It's an interesting website, and Daniel Ha (one of the founders) was very helpful in answering my questions and helping to share his experiences with Django.
Each weekend, another interview will be published. You can subscribe to the RSS feed to be automatically alerted to new websites, however I suggest you visit the website to see the full content of the interviews along with screenshots and statistics that have been shared with us.
I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank-you to everybody who has helped out so far with interviews, as it has made it much easier for me to undertake this project.
Lastly, I'm going to need a continuous supply of new material. If you find a Django-powered website that you really like, please let me know and I will contact the owners of the website. I also encourage you to leave comments on the website including any questions you would like answered in future interviews.
Over at DjangoSites there is a steady flow of new websites, with a handful showing up every single day. Something really cool is that a growing number of these are either commercial websites that are using Django to make money, or they are very serious in terms of code-base, development effort and online exposure.
Django is growing up, and is making an impression on the web at large: I've decided to interview the brains behind these websites to find out why they chose Django, how it assisted their development processes, and how it got in their way. Soon I'll be launching Django Site of the Week, and I want your input.
So far I've conducted quick interviews with a number of fantastic websites that are powered by Django. Some of these are commercial and charge their users for access, others are large-scale community projects, and others are a hybrid. I'm in the process of editing them into something useful for the community, with plans to launch Django SOTW within the next few weeks.
Each week, I aim to publish an interview with the creators of a Django-powered website that stands out from the other sites listed at DjangoSites. I'm looking for the real cream of the crop: websites that are more than a blog and a collection of generic views. Some of the websites you can expect to see interviews from in the first few weeks include EveryBlock, SuggestionBox and Disqus. These sites are all unique and have approached a problem in their own way, all of them using Django. The reasons for using Django and the issues they faced are interesting, and some background information should help aspiring entrepreneurs as they work towards releasing their own Django-based websites.
While I continue to prepare the websites, I would like any suggestions for websites to feature. If you would like to nominate a website to be the Django Site of the Week, or if you have a unique story to tell from your involvement in the development of a complex Django powered website, please email me at ross at this domain. I'd love to hear from you.
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