DjangoCon US 2012

DjangoCon US is in Washington, DC, this year—which is just up the road from me. At least, when compared to last year’s event in Portland, OR. I’m looking forward to being able to talk Django with other developers, and seeing how other folks use it.

At any conference, there is such a wealth of activity and information, you’ll never be able to see or do everything. I’ve found that it helps to plan ahead, at least a bit, and I thought I’d point out some of the things I am especially interested in learning about.

Not Just for Beginners

One of the things that looks great about this year’s conference is that there are so many higher-difficulty talks. I’m no longer a Django beginner, when I would spend time looking at tutorials and documentation. Now, I’m likely just to read the source to find out how something works.

So I will be hitting more of the Django internals talks—those that talk as much about the why of things as the how—like Alex’s talk on various Django APIs and how he’d do them differently today, and Malcolm’s dive into the Django ORM.

Security

“Cyber-security” is getting a lot of attention lately, with frequent news stories about the latest attack or worm or security breach. Not to mention government-sponsored educational programs to attempt to train the next generation of security professionals.

Of course, network, server, and application security is not a new game. But with the increased public awareness of the issues, more clients are actively engaged in asking questions about our apps’ security and the security of the Django framework itself.

There are a few talks about security at the conference that look interesting.

Sprints

This will be the first conference where I’ll be around for the sprints. For those who don’t know, sprints in this context mean days (usually post-conference) where a bunch of the conference attendees get together in a big room and hack on open source projects. Personally, I’m hoping to sprint on Django itself, since that’s something I’ve not done before.

Be There

In conclusion, if you’re a Django developer, or want to be, this is the conference to attend. Nowhere else will you get access to so much Django knowledge concentrated in such a constrained space and time. Plus, it’s in DC, which means you can hop on the Metro to visit the Mall and all the museums.

And if you see me around, please don’t hesitate to say hi.

Posted on August 3, 2012 by Jason Mayfield

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