My first DjangoCon

Screen Shot 2015-06-03 at 20.36.58DjangoCon Europe 2015 was my first DjangoCon, held in Cardiff City Hall and Cardiff University, luckily Cardiff is where I live so the traveling was easy!

There were some great talks and I learnt a lot, it’s given me a whole array of things I need to look into now.

Highlights for me were Baptiste Mispelon’s adventures in Djangoland, the tales of someone living a much bolder and exciting life than me ūüė¶ Also Peter Finch the poet gave a very entertaining talk on Cardiff, which was a nice way to end the opening day’s morning talks.

After lunch we got to experience the 24-hour free #django emergency hotline, with the legendary doismellburning, apollo13 and MarkusH, who enacted it live in the room, I haven’t seen anything like this before and was more interesting than just a normal talk, plus it made me realise there is a lot more Django support and help out there that I haven’t known about.

Erik Romijn’s talk on Django security was very good, and I need to try his Online Django Security Checker on a few websites, it’s at https://www.ponycheckup.com/ check it out!

Ola Sendecka, the key note speaker on Tuesday gave a well presented talk on¬†the dangers that rabbit holes present to the programmer,¬†Stefan Foulis’ talk on Docker was interesting for someone who has so far only used Vagrant, Stefan talked about the advantages of Docker, and gave a thorough talk with many examples.

In the afternoon on Tuesday¬†Kat Stevens presented her talk ¬†‘The Full Stack Octopus’, all about being the only developer in a company, this really made me appreciate getting to work in a team, I really admire Kat she has to cover a lot of areas in her job.

Loek Van Gent gave one of my favourite talks entitled ¬†‘True beauty is on the inside, but users are shallow’, all about front end development. There was a lot of talk at the conference generally about separating out the front end of app or sites, using things like Ember, the slides of his talk can be found here¬†http://www.slideshare.net/LoekvanGent/shallow

Wednesday’s highlights for me were¬†Ludvig Wadenstein’s talk ‘Better web applications through user testing’, this talk made me realise how we could be doing more regular user testing and the benefits, also he outlined a relatively straight forward way to do this on a monthly basis. Although the ‘Testing Chamber’ sounds a little frightening, check out his presentation slides here¬†http://ludw.se/~ludw/user_testing.pdf

The after lunch CMS panel talked about the state of the CMS in Django, with Iacopo Spalletti and Tom Dyson from the django CMS and Wagtail teams, this was too short for my liking I would have liked more CMS talk, but that’s just because CMSes are my thing, and obviously I’m already a big Wagtail fan!

Ana Balica’s ‘Demystifying mixins with Django’ was really good, even during the talk It made me think of something I’d recently worked on that could benefit from mixins, and though I have used them, maybe I could use them a bit more actually.

DjangoCon 2015 was a great event and these are just some of my personal highlights!