Since the spread of the MVC pattern into web development, Python has provided quite a few choices when it comes to web frameworks such as Django, TurboGears, and Zope. Although choosing one out of many can be confusing initially, having several competing frameworks can only be a good thing for the Python community. That's because it drives the development of all the frameworks further and provides a rich set of options to choose from.
Django is one of the available frameworks for Python, so the question is: What sets it apart to become the topic of this book, and what makes it popular in the Python community? The next subsections will answer these questions by providing an overview of the main advantages of Django.