Noticing the the Django book is final I began reading it today (I wanted to look into Django for some time now but never really came to it). Anyway the book is quite nice, easy reading with simple examples (a bit too targeted to beginners which I guess I am not really anymore).
To try the examples I downloaded the newest Django release (0.96.1 I think), untared it and started
setup.py. Funny enough this simple step failed… After looking into the source of setup.py I noticed this line:
package = dirpath[len_root_dir:].lstrip('/').replace('/', '.'). Being on Windows this of course failed and I changed it to ‘\\’. I guess one should use
os.path.sep in this case so I decided to add a proper bug report to the Django Trac. Again this simple idea failed as my short post was not allowed as the system thought of it as spam
So I gave up on this. Two simple things failing does demotivate me…
But I started reading the book anyway and tried the examples too (after the hacked install ). Until Chapter 4 where I am currently it all makes sense (should do with Djangos good reputation). I am not quite sure if another templating system was needed though. I still prefer XSLT for templating as it gives me total freedom about the HTML and if the source XML is based on XHTML it is not even difficult to write or understand. A few well-placed added elements (in another namespace) do all what I want in theses cases (e.g. a menu renderer). Anyway Djangos templating and its philosophical background seem to make sense but look like JATS in the end.
As a side note, I use web.py at work for a small project at the moment. It works very well and XSLT usage was very simple to add. I guess Django is better for more complex apps but web.py is fine for simple stuff. Documentation is lacking though and I don’t think there will be any “web.pybook” soon