One of the most valuable parts of Django is its loose coupling philosophy . This means you can plug in your own pieces into the Django stack without fighting against the defaults. However, it can be a bit difficult to understand how to take advantage of the loose coupling philosophy when you are just getting started, and this series will attempt to erase that confusion.
This post briefly introduces the design decisions and usage of django-userskins, which is a pluggable Django application for facilitating users selecting skins for your site. For example, to let user A have a dark theme for your site, and user B have a light scheme. Supports cookie-only persistence as well as cookie-when-possible-database-as-last-resort persistence for skin preferences.
Here are some short snippets which examine how I modified django-springsteen to run on and off the Google App Engine without requiring external dependencies.
This is a continuation to the first entry on using Django and Yahoo's BOSS Mashup Framework, and takes our search service from something very small and ugly to something that is fairly usable.
Marty Alchin pointed me in the direction of AuditTrail, and it is a really excellent solution to versioning model data. So excellent, that after experimenting with both AuditTrail and django-rcsfield that I felt strongly compelled to go with AuditTrail despite already having a (mostly) working implementation with django-rcsfield.
Comprehensive instructions on installing and setting up a local deployment of LifeFlow (for those who are moderately in the Django know). This should be all you need to get started using LifeFlow, but I will have another entry soon detailing the little tricks and tips that make LifeFlow helpful.
A brief discussion on implementing comments in LifeFlow.
Adding support for submitting your Django content to social bookmarking and news sites is a nice addition to any website. Here are my instructions for doing so, based on my experience of adding social support to this blog.
Part three of the Two-faced Django series looks at using newforms for validation.
When you have a lot of content to show but not enough room to it, a helpful UI pattern is to show just the content surrounding your current position. We see this in search result pages, and now in a series' list of entries on my blog.
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