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DjangoCon Speakers Share Success Stories

DjangoCon success stories panel
Andy McCurdy of Whiskey Media, Michael Greer from The Onion and Leah Culver of Pownce talk about the successes their websites have found with Django.

The real test of any web application framework doesn’t involve abstracts like benchmark scores, but rather how well it performs in the wild. Maybe even more important is the big question: is anyone using it to build serious websites?

In the case of Django, the answer is yes. There are already several very large sites running on the framework, proving that, multiple database issues aside, Django can scale. It works for everyone from Google and the Free Software Foundation to The Onion, which is using Django to power its new Decider website.

the rest of the panel Leah, Jason, Joshua, MattSunday afternoon at DjangoCon, attendees got a behind-the-scenes peek at some successful Django sites and the people who run them. In addition to those in the photo above, panelists also included Jason Yan from Disqus, Joshua “jag” Ginsberg from the Free Software Foundation and Matt Croydon of the Lawrence Journal-World.

But the panel guests didn’t limit the discussion to just their sites and what Django does for them. Moderator Jacob Kaplan Moss also asked each developer to offer some background on how and why they came to use Django.

The common theme on the panel? An overwhelming desire to stop using PHP and embrace Python for web development. Given that Django is the current standout option when it comes to using Python on the web, all the panelists eventually found themselves downloading the Django code. And the rest of course is, well, live sites.

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