Before You Arrive§

Thanks for signing up to attend my tutorial, Effective Django. To help things get started smoothly, and avoid possible network issues, please complete the following beforehand.

If you have questions, you can email me at nathan@yergler.net. If you have platform specific issues, I’ll try and help you figure them out, and will update this document with any notes.

  1. Install Python

    I’ll be using Python 2.7; you can download it from the official Python website: http://python.org/download/releases/2.7.5/

    The latest release of 2.7 is 2.7.5. If you already have 2.7.x installed, that will work fine.

  2. Install virtualenv and pip

    virtualenv is a tool for managing your Python environments. It includes pip, a Python package installer, which we’ll use to retrieve dependencies.

    You can download virtualenv from PyPI at https://pypi.python.org/packages/source/v/virtualenv/virtualenv-1.9.1.tar.gz

    After downloading, unpack the archive and run:

    $ python setup.py install
    

    You may need to run with sudo depending on your system:

    $ sudo python setup.py install
    
  3. Create a working directory for the tutorial, and make it a virtualenv

    You can create this directory anywhere, but this is where we’ll be working on code during the tutorial. For example:

    $ cd Documents
    $ mkdir django-tutorial
    

    Once you’ve created the directory, create a virtualenv there:

    $ virtualenv ./django-tutorial
    
  4. Active the virtualenv

    On Linux and Mac OS X you can active the virtualenv by running the following from the command-line:

    $ cd django-tutorial
    $ source bin/activate
    

    On Windows you do:

    > cd django-tutorial
    > \Scripts\activate
    

    The virtualenv documentation may be useful if you have trouble activating.

  5. Install Django

    We’ll talk about versions of Django during the tutorial, but in order to avoid network bottlenecks from dozens of people in one room downloading the source, it’s helpful to install it into your virtualenv beforehand:

    $ pip install Django
    

    This will download Django and install it into the virtualenv. Once it’s installed, you should see a django-admin.py script in the bin (Linux, Mac OS X) or Scripts (Windows) directory.

If you have questions, you can email me at nathan@yergler.net. If you have platform specific issues, I’ll try and help you figure them out, and will update this document with any notes.

See you at the tutorial!

Nathan

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