Choosing a web framework is hard especially now when there are a lot of frameworks on the market, each designed to address different project needs. Here is why I think that Django is the best choice in most cases.
What is Django?
“Django - The web framework for perfectionists with deadlines.”
Django is an open source and powerful web framework written in Python that encourages rapid development and clean, pragmatic design. It takes care of much of the hassle of Web development, so you can focus on writing your app without needing to reinvent the wheel.
It is being used by a lot of companies including Instagram, Pinterest, Spotify, Disqus, Dropbox, Mozilla, Reddit which makes it obvious that the applications built with this framework are exceedingly scalable.
What can you do with Django?
If you are a beginner, you’ll love the approach the platform takes for making web development easier. If you want to make robust web apps with a minimal amount of coding, you will appreciate what Django framework has to offer.
You can do anything web-based using Django. From building e-commerce systems, CRM Systems, Email Systems to developing a REST/GraphQL based API server for your frontend application there’s nothing that you can’t do using Django.
The most awesome thing about Django that I’ll talk about later too in this article is it’s large community. Most of the times the features you need are already present in Django. However, if there not there’s a very high probability that you’ll find a Django plugin or package developed by the community that does that task for you.
There are a lot of things about Django that I like. I won’t be able to write about all of them, So, here are some of the most awesome features among them.
You don’t need to code basic stuff, it comes pre-packaged. These packages were developed by professional developers, so you won’t need to spend time making sure they work correctly. Some of the features included in this framework are as follows.
- It has a very powerful ORM. Once you’ve created your data models, Django automatically gives you a database-abstraction API that lets you create, retrieve, update and delete objects.
- It makes handling the database migrations easy.
- It has in-built Session handling.
- It also handles URL Routing for you along with dynamic URLs.
Django has an customizable admin interface, so you can manage data using basic CRUD operations. It’s a very useful feature so you can start your project right away, without having to code this functionality. The admin panel can also be configured to have customized filters, or the data can be grouped using a particular field.
Django has it’s own in-built templating system also known as Django template language (DTL). However, if you want you can also use any other template engine like Jinja2. Moreover, you also have an option to write your own custom template system. How cool is that?
Your template can be divided into further re-useable components, which also alignes with one of Django’s core template design principles and it’s a design pattern that stands for Don’t-Repeat-Yourself (DRY). It’s exactly what it sounds like, it means that you shouldn’t, at least in most cases, by copying and pasting the code. Your template, can be divided into reusable components such as the side navigation bar, the main navigation bar, the header of the page, the footer of the page and so on. This minimizes repetition and makes for writing efficient and cleaner code.
You can tackle just about any web app development project, whether it is a basic website or a high-end web app. It is also compatible with all major databases and even works with multiple database management systems at the same time like PostgreSQL, SQLite, Oracle, etc. It’s fully loaded with extras and scalable, so you can make applications that handle heavy traffic and large volumes of information.
Django offers a large amount of custom web development options. Since Django is built around Python, the design rules of the coding language dictate that web development time needs to be optimized. You can get your custom apps developed in a much smaller time frame than any other framework would allow you to.
Django takes security seriously and helps developers avoid many common security mistakes. You do not have to implement security features manually to keep web development going. he framework has protection against XSS and CSRF attacks, SQL injections, clickjacking, etc. A Django web application is fully secured with industry-standard user authentication systems.
Scalable and Reliable
As said above, some of the largest web applications like Instagram, Reddit, Spotify use Django as a backend framework, we can agree that it’s both scalable and reliable. If you’re just starting, Django provides the functionality that enables you to create a small project and scale it as needed. You can handle more user requests and greater volumes of data if your web app goes through a growth spurt.
Django has been around for a while now, and its large community makes the platform even better. As it’s an open source project, Django is supported by active volunteers who constantly work on stabilizing and improving the framework. It has about 58k Github stars.
Apart from the developers that directly contribute to Django, there are people in the community who develop great plugins to make app development easier for budding developers.
As a result of super huge community, Django has a suberb documentation. It has detailed quick-start guides, detailed release notes, backward-compatible changes. There are dedicated websites for the platform where you can find help for any issues that you may run into. If you need help with your projects, the community support can always be banked on.
That’s it for this article. I would love to know what do you think about Django and this article. Please feel free to comment below or reach out. Thanks for reading!