Django is a Python framework that is free and open source. Django was developed to allow multiple websites and web applications to be built rapidly and securely. If you already know how to use Django, you might consider learning Django REST, Git, and SQL. We’ll cover Django REST, Git, and SQL below, so you have a clear understanding of what skill you want to tackle next.
What is Django?
Django is a popular, open-source Python web framework used to rapidly, efficiently, and securely develop websites and web applications. Django began in 2003 as a way for developers Adrian Holovaty and Simon Willison to quickly build Lawrence Journal-World’s multiple news sites, constantly churning out new content for various communities. Since the public first gained access to Django in 2005, developers worldwide have made use of this free framework and contributed to its advancement. Today, Django improvements are managed by the nonprofit Django Software Foundation.
Django streamlines the web development process by emphasizing reusable components. These components eliminate the need for developers to manually enter the same code repeatedly. The time Django saves developers empowers web development teams to increase scalability, meet deadlines, and build multiple websites and web applications in quick succession.
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What Can You Do with Django?
Wondering what you can do with Django? Django has numerous use cases for web development, data science, and more. Django can build all sorts of websites, including a Content Management System (CMS), news site, social media platform, and more.
Python objects called models allow Django web applications to query and manage data. Django’s simple query API allows the associated database to be searched, enabling complex statements.
Django’s template systems allow developers to define an output document’s structure. It delivers content in nearly any format, including RSS feeds, HTML, XML, and JSON. Django supports its native templating system, the Jinja2 Python library out of the box, and can also be modified to support other systems.
Other things you can do with Django include:
- Collecting user data with HTML forms
- Manage a user permission and authentication system
- Create an administration site
- Serialize data
Django REST is a flexible framework for building Web APIs. Django REST allows for serialization, authentication, and is customizable all the way down. This framework is designed specifically for adding REST APIs to Django-developed websites and web applications, making this an ideal skill to follow up with after learning Django. Many Python coding courses, such as Noble Desktop’s Python Web Development with Django class, cover Django and Django REST. You can also learn Django REST as part of Noble’s Software Engineering Certificate program and Python Developer Certificate program.
Git is an open-source and free DevOps tool used to manage source code. It has a small footprint, is simple to learn, has an active developer community, and is commonly taught alongside Django in courses such as Noble Desktop’s Software Engineering Bootcamp and Python Developer Bootcamp.
The advantages of using Git include its branching model, speed, distributed version control, data model, and staging area.
Git allows for multiple local branches that can act independently of one another. You can create and merge these lines of development quickly and easily, allowing for frictionless context switching, role-based codelines, feature-based work, and disposable experimentation.
Since Git is a distributed version control system, each developer has an individual local repository, creating multiple backups. This use of locally-performed operations makes Git significantly faster than centralized systems that depend on communication with a server.
Many organizations use Git to benefit marketing, product management, design, customer support, human resources, and budgeting. Git’s shorter development cycle allows teams to break updates into individual releases, which provides the marketing team with more talking points. Marketing can create campaigns for each release and feature, targeting audience segments each time. More frequent releases also allow for better customer support and product management, as you can quickly push out important fixes and solutions. Git’s feature branches allow UX/UI designers to prototype new user flows quickly. The efficiency of Git saves organizations time, which also means saving money.
Structured Query Language (SQL) is used to access and manipulate databases. SQL is used to update data on a database, retrieve data from a database, and delete data on a database. Regional database management systems such as Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Access, Oracle, and Sybase all use SQL.
Here are some of the many things you can do with SQL:
- Execute queries against a database
- Retrieve data
- Insert, update, or delete database records
- Create new databases
- Create new tables, stored procedures, and views in a database
- Set permissions for tables, procedures, and views
You can learn SQL as part of a web or software development program, such as Noble Desktop’s Python Developer Certificate program and Software Engineering Certificate program.
Learn Django with Hands-on Training at Noble Desktop
Learning Django not only requires learning the principles and applications of this framework but applying those concepts to real-world, hands-on projects. In-person and live online Django classes provide the opportunity to put theory into practice. Courses led by an instructor also grant you direct access to an expert that can help you overcome obstacles, answer your questions, and provide mentorship as you develop your Django skills.
You can learn Django with Noble Desktop’s hands-on training options like the Software Engineering Bootcamp, Python Developer Certificate, the Python Django Development course, and other Python classes and bootcamps.
Students already familiar with Python but wishing for a deeper dive into Django can enroll in the Python Django Development course. This class covers the fundamentals of Django and how to use Django REST, which is used to build web APIs.
Noble’s small class sizes ensure you receive personal feedback from your instructor. Courses include free retakes and offer flexible payment plans so you can finance your new career without paying the full tuition upfront. Certificate courses also include one-on-one mentorship and the creation of professional portfolios to help you find a job in your new field.
- After learning Django, you can follow up with Django REST, Git, and SQL.
- Django REST is used to build Web APIs.
- Git is a distributed version control system.
- Structured Query Language (SQL) allows databases to be created, accessed, and controlled.
- You can learn Django, Django REST, Git, and SQL as part of Noble Desktop’s Python Developer Certificate program and Software Engineering Certificate program.