If you’re like me, you’re reading this on your bright-red custom-built laptop in a soothing rosemary-scented bubble bath, and you’re wondering, “Why do I want another interpreted programming language? I can find my way around Perl and PHP and maybe a little Python. And Unix shell scripting. I feel fine. Why do people keep talking about Ruby?”Continue Reading “Ruby on Rails for Beginners” »
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If you’ve built a few websites from scratch, chances are you’ve noticed that you have to solve some of the same problems over and over again. Doing so is tiresome and violates one of the core tenants of good programming — Don’t Repeat Yourself (DRY).
Luckily for you other people long ago noticed that web developers face similar problems when building a new site. Sure, there are always edge cases which will vary from site to site, but for the most part there are four general tasks we developers have to handle — Create, Read, Update and Delete, otherwise known as CRUD.
Django is a web framework designed to help you build complex web applications simply and quickly. It’s written in the Python programming language.
Django takes it name from the early jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, a gypsy savant who managed to play dazzling and electrifying runs on his instrument even though two of the fingers on his left hand were paralyzed in an accident when he was young.
Thus, it’s a fitting name for the framework: Django can do some very complex things with less code and a simpler execution than you’d expect. It doesn’t take a heavy hand to build with Django. The framework does the repetitive work for you, allowing you to get a working website up quickly and easily.
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In our Introduction to Django, we covered all the basics of using the open source web-building framework. If you haven’t read through our beginner’s tutorial, go ahead and do so now. If you’ve already made it through the easy stuff, you’re probably ready to dive into some code and start building — so let’s do it.
Our first step is to grab a copy of Django and set up a development environment where we can tinker away.
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Popular Ajax library jQuery is celebrating its fourth birthday with a major new release — JQuery 1.4.
The latest version of jQuery boasts some impressive speed gains and represents a ground up refactoring of much of jQuery’s underlying code. According the jQuery’s developers this release is significantly faster across browsers and eliminates much of the redundancy in jQuery’s internal functions.
Other nice changes in this release include support for HTML5 elements in serialization calls, the ability to test for specific rendering engines (for example, target WebKit with
jQuery.browser.webkit) and support for per-property easing in your animations.
As always you can grab both the minified and full source versions of jQuery from the download page or simply include the Google hosted version in your projects by including the URL, http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.4/jquery.min.js, in your projects.