Weekend of Web Apps and Tech Talks Awaits at DjangoCon

The creators of Django are set to kick off the first-ever conference dedicated entirely to their web-application framework. The inaugural DjangoCon gathering will take place Saturday, Sept. 6 and Sunday, Sept. 7 at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California.

Often compared to Ruby on Rails, Django is a web framework written in the Python programming language. It was designed with one purpose in mind: to make building complex websites much easier.

Django began life at one of the web’s first daily news publications, the Lawrence Journal World Online. The fast pace of the online news cycle drove LJ World’s developers to create a framework that was easy to expand and update within the tight deadlines of a newsroom. Today, Django powers popular sites like social sharing service Pownce, news aggregator Everyblock, and photo site Tabblo. It’s also the backbone of Google’s recently launched App Engine platform for building scalable web apps.

With mainstream players like Google adopting it and the project’s recent 1.0 release, Django is well-positioned to take on Web 2.0 darlings like Ruby on Rails in the coming years.

Django is perhaps most lauded for its automatically generated administration system, which eliminates many developer headaches. Although it isn’t a content management system like Drupal, it’s often used to create customized systems similar to Drupal.

Standouts on the DjangoCon schedule include talks from the founders and creators of Django: Jacob Kaplan Moss, Adrian Holovaty and Simon Willison, as well as other contributors who have helped Django on its three year journey to 1.0. Also on hand and speaking is Python creator Guido Van Rossum, who will be talking about Google’s use of Django in App Engine.

Webmonkeys Scott Gilbertson and Michael Calore will be in attendance, so if you were among the lucky 200 Django-heads who grabbed a free ticket to the conference, be sure to seek us out and say hello. We’ll be there both days, bringing you blog posts, photos and interviews. We’ll also be stopping by the Django 1.0 release party on Saturday night. So if you couldn’t make the trip to Mountain View, be sure to tune in here for all the latest news.

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