For me, the main theme for the third and last day of the conference was Django. Day started with a session by Honza Král about Django newforms admin, which gave me a pretty good idea what I have to do in preparing for the migration to the new admin interface. Later on the day I had many interesting discussions about varions Django-related things, including ideas about having something like Django release party here in Europe, too.
Turns out there are quite a lot Djangonauts here in EuroPython, we just arent organized very well so most of us don’t know about each other. Lively after-conference discussions about career choises, Web Design and working with Django in general were definitely the high point of the conference so far.
A couple of hour later on the evening, decisions about quiet evening at the Sky Bar (at the 22nd floor of the conference hotel) were forgotten and, again, we headed for the old town. This time we ended up in some night club and, well, yeah, we had a great time 🙂
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.