Leo Wallis

Leo Wallis

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Django Project Best Practices That'll Keep Your Developers Happy

Do you want your team to enjoy your development workflow? Do you think building software should be fun and existentially fulfilling? If so, this is the post for you.

I’ve been developing with Django for years, and I’ve never been happier with my Django project set up than I am right now.

In this article, I’ll explain how I make a day of developing with Django the most relaxing and enjoyable development experience possible for myself and my engineering team.

A custom CLI tool for your Django project

Instead of typing:

python3 -m venv env
source env/bin/activate
pip install -r requirements.txt
python3 manage.py makemigrations
python3 manage.py migrate
python3 manage.py collectstatic
python3 manage.py runserver

Wouldn’t it be much nicer to type:

make start

…and have all that happen for you? I think so!

We can do that with a self-documenting Makefile. Here’s one I frequently use when developing my Django applications, like ApplyByAPI.com:

SHELL := /bin/bash

include .env

.PHONY: help
help: ### Show this help
    @egrep -h '\s##\s' $(MAKEFILE_LIST) | awk 'BEGIN {FS = ":.*?### "}; {printf "\033[36m%-20s\033[0m %s\n", $$1, $$2}'

.PHONY: venv
venv: ### Make a new virtual environment
    python3 -m venv $(VENV) && source $(BIN)/activate

.PHONY: install
install: venv ### Make venv and install requirements
    $(BIN)/pip install -r requirements.txt

migrate: ### Make and run migrations
    $(PYTHON) manage.py makemigrations
    $(PYTHON) manage.py migrate

db-up: ### Pull and start the Docker Postgres container in the background
    docker pull postgres
    docker-compose up -d

db-shell: ### Access the Postgres Docker database interactively with psql
    docker exec -it container_name psql -d $(DBNAME)

.PHONY: test
test: ### Run tests
    $(PYTHON) $(APP_DIR)/manage.py test application --verbosity=0 --parallel --failfast

.PHONY: run
run: ### Run the Django server
    $(PYTHON) $(APP_DIR)/manage.py runserver

start: install migrate run ### Install requirements, apply migrations, then start development server

You’ll notice the presence of the line include .env above. This ensures make has access to environment variables stored in a file called .env.

This allows Make to utilize these variables in its commands, for example, the name of my virtual environment, or to pass in $(DBNAME) to psql.

What’s with that weird “##” comment syntax? A Makefile like this gives you a handy suite of command-line aliases you can check in to your Django project. It’s very useful so long as you’re able to remember what all those aliases are.

The help command above, which runs by default, prints a helpful list of available commands when you run make or make help:

help                 Show this help
venv                 Make a new virtual environment
install              Make venv and install requirements
migrate              Make and run migrations
db-up                Pull and start the Docker Postgres container in the background
db-shell             Access the Postgres Docker database interactively with psql
test                 Run tests
run                  Run the Django server
start                Install requirements, apply migrations, then start development server

All the usual Django commands are covered, and we’ve got a test command that runs our tests with the options we prefer. Brilliant.

You can read my full post about self-documenting Makefiles here, which also includes an example Makefile using pipenv.

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Django Project Best Practices That'll Keep Your Developers Happy
Marget D

Marget D

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4 key Features of Django Framework that Make it the Best Amongst all!

Django is one of the popular python based open-source web frameworks mainly used by the developers who like to have rapid development along with the clean pragmatic design.

Read this blog to know the various Django Features with details.

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Ahebwe  Oscar

Ahebwe Oscar

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Best practices when starting a new Python/Django project

This guide will help you with several considerations when starting a new project.

Table of contents

∘ What are the first things you do when you start a new Python / Django project?

∘ Documentation

∘ Package management

∘ Docker

∘ Linting

∘ Security checks

∘ Git hooks

∘ Continuous Integration (CI)

∘ Documenting your API

∘ Tests cases

∘ Badges

∘ Changelog

∘ Settings

∘ .gitignore / .dockerignore

∘ Wrapping up

What are the first things you do when you start a new Python / Django project?

  • You start it from scratch with the ./manage.py startproject and jump right into coding your requirements?
  • You start selecting some essential libraries you need to help your project down the road?

Whatever way you decide to start your projects, it’s always good to keep in mind that in the future you may or may not be there to maintain the code and deliver new requirements, you may be already working in a new project or another company. No one knows what the future holds for us.

How many times have you found yourself going back to a code written months ago and feeling bad about what you see (also feeling good about your growth in that time period), so many ways you could do it differently now, or maybe having a hard time to follow the logic due to so many reasons.

There are some things you can do to improve your overall code quality and standards followed by the team and we’ll go through them here.

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Christa  Stehr

Christa Stehr

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Offshore Software Development - Best Practices

With the rise of globalization and the worldwide lockdown due to the pandemic, most of the work has been done by remote working processes and professionals from their homes. This lockdown has proved the efficiency of remote development and enhanced the trust in offshore software development industry.

To make the most out of the benefits of offshore software development, you should understand the crucial factors that affect offshore development. This is why you should read this guide for the best practices when hiring an offshore software development company. Despite the size and the industry of the business, offshore software development is not beneficial for every entrepreneur in many aspects to make the optimum use of talents in technology across the globe.

Here are some of the top reasons why offshore development is beneficial for your business.

  • Offshore development teams can work on flexible timing to provide you with the best possible software development practices.
  • Get access to the talents across the world from your home to develop the top of the line software with the help of offshore development companies.
  • Assured high quality and next-generation technology expertise with duly NDA signed with respect to the priorities of the business.
  • With flexible recruitment models, you can hire the freelance developers, remote development team, or an entire offshore development company with respect to the size of your business.
  • Build high-end software applications from one corner of the world by hiring software developers across the world.
  • Get immediate access to the best resources without hiring them on a permanent basis.

To avail of all these benefits, you should have clear goals, a list of requirements, and features that are mandatory for your software product.

Here are a few tips to help you find the best offshore software development company. Build a top-notch software application by following the listed best practices.

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Shawn  Durgan

Shawn Durgan

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10 Writing steps to create a good project brief - Mobile app development

Developing a mobile application can often be more challenging than it seems at first glance. Whether you’re a developer, UI designer, project lead or CEO of a mobile-based startup, writing good project briefs prior to development is pivotal. According to Tech Jury, 87% of smartphone users spend time exclusively on mobile apps, with 18-24-year-olds spending 66% of total digital time on mobile apps. Of that, 89% of the time is spent on just 18 apps depending on individual users’ preferences, making proper app planning crucial for success.

Today’s audiences know what they want and don’t want in their mobile apps, encouraging teams to carefully write their project plans before they approach development. But how do you properly write a mobile app development brief without sacrificing your vision and staying within the initial budget? Why should you do so in the first place? Let’s discuss that and more in greater detail.

Why a Good Mobile App Project Brief Matters?

Why-a-Good-Mobile-App-Project-Brief-Matters

It’s worth discussing the significance of mobile app project briefs before we tackle the writing process itself. In practice, a project brief is used as a reference tool for developers to remain focused on the client’s deliverables. Approaching the development process without written and approved documentation can lead to drastic, last-minute changes, misunderstanding, as well as a loss of resources and brand reputation.

For example, developing a mobile app that filters restaurants based on food type, such as Happy Cow, means that developers should stay focused on it. Knowing that such and such features, UI elements, and API are necessary will help team members collaborate better in order to meet certain expectations. Whether you develop an app under your brand’s banner or outsource coding and design services to would-be clients, briefs can provide you with several benefits:

  • Clarity on what your mobile app project “is” and “isn’t” early in development
  • Point of reference for developers, project leads, and clients throughout the cycle
  • Smart allocation of available time and resources based on objective development criteria
  • Streamlined project data storage for further app updates and iterations

Writing Steps to Create a Good Mobile App Project Brief

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1. Establish the “You” Behind the App

Depending on how “open” your project is to the public, you will want to write a detailed section about who the developers are. Elements such as company name, address, project lead, project title, as well as contact information, should be included in this introductory segment. Regardless of whether you build an in-house app or outsource developers to a client, this section is used for easy document storage and access.

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