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Last update: February 13, 2012.
This FAQ is for anyone who is considering on attending the workshop entitled "Web Development with Python and Django" at SIGCSE 2012.
Many instructors have already discovered the joy of teaching programming using Python. Now it's time to take Python to the next level. This workshop will introduce Django, an open source Python web framework that saves you time and makes web development fun. It's aimed at CS instructors who want to teach how to build elegant web applications with minimal fuss. Django is Python's equivalent to the popular Ruby on Rails framework. Topics that will be covered include: setup and configuration, template language, and database integration through object-relational mapping.
CS educators interested on teaching web development using the Python programming language.
Attendees should have some familiarity with HTML, SQL and Python.
You don't need to be an expert Python programmer. Yet, to get the most of this workshop, you should have at least a fundamental knowledge of the following topics:
Regarding SQL, you should know the basic usage of these instructions:
This is a hands-on workshop, so each attendee must bring her/his own laptop computer. The Django software works well in PCs with Windows or Linux as well as Macintosh computers.
Attendees should have the following FLOSS (free/libre/open-source software) installed on their laptops before the workshop begins:
IMPORTANT NOTE: At this time, Django DOES NOT WORK with Python 3.x, so please make sure you have installed in your system Python versions 2.5.x, 2.6.x or 2.7.x.
Most recent Linux and Mac systems come with Python preinstalled. You
can check this out by typing
python -V (note that's a
capital "V") at the command line prompt. You should see something
~$ python -V Python 2.7.2
If you don't have Python installed or you have Python 2.4.x or older, go to the official Python site and select an appropriate installer for your platform.
NOTE: If you build Python from the source files,
you'll probably need to download first the SQLite 3 development
files (available in a package such as
otherwise your Python distribution might end up not including the
Once you've got Python installed, you may need to add the executable to your system's path. This is typically taken care of for you on Unixish systems, such as Linux and Mac.
Windows users, however, need to perform this step manually to run
Python scripts in the command shell (
cmd.exe). Add the
(or whatever directory your Python distribution is installed) to the
PATH environment variable. Check the following
link if you need more information on how to do this:
Environment Variables in Windows.
You should now be able to run the Python shell from a command line
cmd.exe) on any directory:
c:\>python Python 2.7.1 (r271:86832, Nov 27 2010, 18:30:46) [MSC v.1500 32 bit (Intel)] on win32 Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information. >>>
Python support for SQLite 3 comes preinstalled in Python versions
2.5, 2.6 and 2.7. To make sure it's available, run the Python shell
import slqlite3 as shown here:
>>> import sqlite3 >>>
If you don't get any errors it means everything's fine.
Additionally, you will need to install the SQLite 3 command line shell, which can be downloaded from the SQLite Download Page.
Windows users will need to download two files: the SQLite command
line shell and the SQLite DLL (something like
To complete the installation, you can just copy the
sqlite3 executable (
sqlite3.dll files for Windows users) into the same
directory where Python is installed (for example
NOTE: SQLite 3 might be available through your OS’s software packaging system (for example MacPorts for Mac OS X or APT for Debian Linux), in which case the installation process will probably be easier.
Make sure you can run the
sqlite3 executable from the
OS command line prompt on any directory:
~$ sqlite3 SQLite version 3.7.8 Enter ".help" for instructions Enter SQL statements terminated with a ";" sqlite>
To install Django, download the latest distribution file (something
Django-1.3.1.tar.gz) from the
In Unixish systems (Linux or Mac), from the command line prompt
change to the directory where the
tar.gz file was
downloaded and execute the following commands:
~$ tar xzvf Django-1.3.1.tar.gz ~$ cd Django-1.3.1 ~/Django-1.3.1$ sudo python setup.py install
In Windows, decompress the
tar.gz file using a utility
program such as PowerArchiver. At the command line, change to the
recently created directory (
execute the installation command, something like this (you most
likely need to run
cmd.exe with administrative
c:\>cd Django-1.3.1 c:\Django-1.3.1>python setup.py install
Finally, to test if Django was correctly installed, from the Python shell type:
>>> import django >>> django.VERSION (1, 3, 1, 'final', 0)
Once again, no error means everything's fine.
Download and install the most recent version of Komodo Edit for your platform. We'll be using this software as a source code editor. It supports syntax highlight for HTML, CSS, SQL, Python and Django template files, which will come in very handy during the workshop.
When: 3-6 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, 2012.
Where: The Raleigh Convention Center, room: 302A; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.
Ariel Ortiz has been a full time faculty member at the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Estado de México, since 1994, where he has been involved mainly in teaching undergraduate computer science courses in Spanish and English. His central areas of interest include: programming languages, web development, computer science education and open source issues. He has presented at SIGCSE several workshops, papers, posters, and BOFs since 2001. His personal web site (mostly in Spanish) can be found at: http://www.arielortiz.com/
More information about Django: http://www.djangoproject.com/
Send to firstname.lastname@example.org any further questions regarding this workshop.