Django History [Link]

November 29, 2011 by Gabe | [mmd] |

I'm trying to learn Django and started with the definitive source. The intro includes a brief history of Django, which I found fascinating.

"The World Online team, responsible for the production and maintenance of several local news sites, thrived in a development environment dictated by journalism deadlines. For the sites — including,, and — journalists (and management) demanded that features be added and entire applications be built on an intensely fast schedule, often with only days’ or hours’ notice. Thus, Adrian and Simon developed a time-saving Web development framework out of necessity — it was the only way they could build maintainable applications under the extreme deadlines."

There are two salient conclusions for me:

  1. Large media corporations can be crucibles of innovation
  2. "Eating your own dog food" is the best way to develop any robust system