Newsletter #3, May 21st, 2014
Huge Success at the DjangoCon Europe 2014 Raffle
We provide in-kind sponsorship for conferences. What that means is that in return for conferences listing us in their sponsors, we send them a signed copy of Two Scoops of Django 1.6 and a signed art print by Audrey Roy. We encourage conferences to raffle them off. This way our book is used as a means for conferences to provide financial assistance for developers who otherwise could not afford to attend their event.
This is exactly what DjangoCon Europe did. They raffled off the book, which earned DjangoCon Europe 2015 a whopping €700, or about $950 US.
Needless to say, we're amazed and astounded. As two people who have both attended conferences thanks to the assistance of others, we're delighted that our work is being used in this manner.
Sponsoring More Conferences!
Here are upcoming conferences that we are sponsoring. In alphabetical order:
If your conference is interested in us sponsoring your event, please take a look at our in-kind sponsorship program.
Django Packages Service on Github
We added a service for Django Packages on Github. If you maintain an open-source Django package, and if your package repo is on GitHub, you can have that package's data updated every time you commit.
New Libraries Released
A lot of frameworks include functionality for critical things like JSON-encoding and cached property decorators. But what happens when you aren't using a framework? In the past, we've copy/pasted often reused code from project to project. We've never been happy with this approach, which is why we've released two very useful packages:
cached-properties simply caches the result of a property. In addition to handling objects operating under normal conditions, the project also contains a thread-safe implementation.
standardjson is a well-tested JSON encoder that aims to be fully compliant with the ECMA-262 and ECMA-404 specifications.
Audrey Roy Greenfeld has also released a couple Django-focused packages designed to avoid the copy/paste style of coding:
django-columns is a template filter for splitting a list into columns.
messagebar is a JQuery-powered top bar for notification messages. Dismiss it by clicking the x. Works with Django, but that's optional.
Speaking at San Diego Python on May 22nd, 2014
Daniel Roy Greenfeld will be presenting a talk about his open source webhooks package. Hope to see you there!
New Job for Daniel Roy Greenfeld
On June 3rd Daniel Roy Greenfeld will be joining Eventbrite's architecture team. He'll be working with Simon Willison, Andrew Godwin, Kevin Stone, Adam Sussman, and Michael Hahn.
It took a long time, but here are the hardcovers!
We've only had a small number made because of the expense. These won't be sold anywhere else except on our site and chances are we won't be printing more. Therefore, if you want a hardcover edition, we suggest you order yours today!
Depending on how fast these go, we may have more printed. If we run out of stock, let us know on twitter. If we get enough responses, we'll see about setting up pre-orders.