We Are Django

I’ve always thought that the community is one of the greatest things about Django. Not because Django isn’t great but because the people are just so awesome! Django People is a brilliant new site by Simon Willison and Natalie Downe which brings together Djangonauts all over the world. (Interestingly, I was talking about exactly this same idea yesterday with my friend, in the lines of “there should definitely be something like that”. Great minds think alike (I wish) 🙂

I had the pleasure of meeting Simon and Natalie during the Europython conference last summer. Like every other Django people at the conference, they were super-nice and fun to share thoughts with. The various conversations we had with the Web-gang there were definitely one of the highlights of my last year. I hope that Django People will help in finding more same-minded people, both near you and when traveling around the world.

If you are Djangonaut, add yourself to the site! And when you do, please include your picture and some information about yourself. It’s so much nicer to look at real faces than empty rectangles 🙂

Here’s to many more Django friends.

The Global Django

One thing that annoys me in many US-based software projects is the narrow mindness of the developers who seem to forget that there is life outside of the US, too. Django has been a very international project from the day one, with admin interface translated to 43 languages and the contrib.localflafor full of great localized stuff like validators for Finnish social security number etc.

After Adrian’s official announcement of the worldwide Django sprint (that will be held on Friday, Sept. 14, 2007) there has been a steady flow of volunteers adding their names on the wiki page. As I write this, over hundred volunteers from 26 countries have signed up for the event. It’s just amazing.

I wish more open source projects would have as great community that Django has. And greetings to everyone who is attending the sprint next Friday — let’s have fun! 🙂