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Pro Django by Marty Alchin

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Preface

Programming has always been equal parts art and science. It's easy to see the science in teaching computers how to do things, but once that's out of the way, we often try to embrace the artistic side. We spend our first few years learning to make code functional and the rest of our careers trying to make it beautiful.

Django started its life in much the same way, serving the day-to-day needs of a local news organization. In the years since its first public release, Django itself has grown more elegant and has helped its adopters to write more elegant code for their own applications.

This focus on beauty isn't unique to Django. Most Python applications strive for a notion of being “Pythonic”—an unwritten ideal that embodies the nature ...

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