Certified Django Developer Table of Contents

Table of Content



  • What Is a Web Framework?
  • MVC
  • Django Evolution
  • Getting Help

Getting Started

  • Installation
  • Database Setup
  • Starting a Project

The Basics of Dynamic Web Pages

  • Your First View: Dynamic Content
  • Mapping URLs to Views
  • How Django Processes a Request
  • URLconfs and Loose Coupling
  • 404 Errors
  • Your Second View: Dynamic URLs
  • Django’s Pretty Error Pages

The Django Template System

  • Template System Basics
  • Using the Template System
  • Basic Template Tags and Filters
  • Philosophies and Limitations
  • Using Templates in Views
  • Template Inheritance

Interacting with a Database: Models

  • The “Dumb” Way to Do Database Queries in Views
  • The MTV Development Pattern
  • Configuring the Database
  • Your First App
  • Defining Models in Python
  • Your First Model
  • Installing the Model
  • Basic Data Access
  • Inserting and Updating Data
  • Selecting Objects
  • Making Changes to a Database Schema

The Django Administration Site

  • Activating the Admin Interface
  • Using the Admin Interface
  • Customizing the Admin Interface
  • Customizing the Admin Interface’s Look and Feel
  • When and Why to Use the Admin Interface

Form Processing

  • Search
  • The “Perfect Form”
  • Processing the Submission
  • Custom Validation Rules
  • A Custom Look and Feel
  • Creating Forms from Models

Advanced Views and URLconfs

  • URLconf Tricks
  • Including Other URLconfs

Generic Views

  • Using Generic Views
  • Generic Views of Objects
  • Extending Generic Views

Extending the Template Engine

  • Template Language Review
  • RequestContext and Context Processors
  • Inside Template Loading
  • Extending the Template System
  • Writing Custom Template Loaders
  • Using the Built-in Template Reference
  • Configuring the Template System in Standalone Mode

Generating Non-HTML Content

  • The basics: views and MIME-types
  • Producing CSV
  • Generating PDFs
  • Other Possibilities
  • The Syndication Feed Framework
  • The Sitemap Framework

Sessions, Users, and Registration

  • Cookies
  • Django’s Session Framework
  • Users and Authentication
  • The Other Bits: Permissions, Groups, Messages, and Profiles


  • Setting Up the Cache
  • The Per-Site Cache
  • The Per-View Cache
  • The Low-Level Cache API
  • Upstream Caches
  • Other Optimizations

Other Contributed Subframeworks

  • The Django Standard Library
  • Sites
  • Flatpages
  • Redirects
  • CSRF Protection
  • Humanizing Data
  • Markup Filters


  • What’s Middleware?
  • Middleware Installation
  • Middleware Methods
  • Built-in Middleware

Integrating with Legacy Databases and Applications

  • Integrating with a Legacy Database
  • Integrating with an Authentication System
  • Integrating with Legacy Web Applications

Extending Django’s Admin Interface

  • The Zen of Admin
  • Customizing Admin Templates
  • Creating Custom Admin Views
  • Overriding Built-in Views


  • Specifying Translation Strings in Python Code
  • Specifying Translation Strings in Template Code
  • Creating Language Files
  • How Django Discovers Language Preference
  • The set_language Redirect View
  • Using Translations in Your Own Projects
  • Translations and JavaScript


  • The Theme of Web Security
  • SQL Injection
  • Cross-Site Scripting (XSS)
  • Cross-Site Request Forgery
  • Session Forging/Hijacking
  • Email Header Injection
  • Directory Traversal
  • Exposed Error Messages
  • A Final Word on Security

Deploying Django

  • Shared Nothing
  • A Note on Personal Preferences
  • Using Django with Apache and mod_python
  • Using Django with FastCGI
  • Scaling
  • Performance Tuning
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