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Django Web Framework Beginner Tutorial – Introduction

What is Python Django?

Django is a Python based web development framework. It is a collection of libraries and tools that can be used to develop websites and web applications. Django uses Python as its primary backend programming language.

Learn more about Frontend & Backend components of a web app here

Why use Django Web Development Framework for developing a web app?

In the early days of internet, not many programming languages or supporting libraries were available for the development of websites. So, every website developer was writing many frequently used components repeatedly.

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These included features like user authentication, database read/write, Cross Site Scripting (XSS)/malware protection code, database injection prevention code etc.

Every time a new website was built, web developer had to rewrite these pieces of code over and over again. This results in an increase in time to complete the project. It also exposes the website to certain vulnerabilities due to bad testing or bad design.

In order to overcome these, developers started to create a common web development framework. This contained all the frequently used components like authentication, session management code etc. These were later made available to others as part of the web framework libraries.

Soon enough, these libraries started being developed in different programming languages as well. Django is one such web application development framework that was developed using the Python programming language.

Why Use A Web Development Framework Like Django?

The main advantage of using Django is the number of readily available components it comes with. All the bells and whistles required to develop a basic web application is present in Django. Module like user management, admin dashboard, session management component, protection against XSS, CORS support are all readily available. This makes Django one of the quickest web development framework to get started with. You can go live with a website in no time because of this.

In addition to this, Django also comes with framework extensions such as Django Rest Framework (DRF) that can be also used to enhance the capabilities of a Django Web Application.

All these features of Django makes it one of the most appealing “all batteries inclusive” web app development framework in the tech industry.

In addition to this, if you are already familiar with the Python programming, then using Django becomes very easy.

Django is not the only Python web development framework. There exists other Python based web development frameworks like Flask, web2py and many more. But what makes Django different and easier to get started with is its all inclusive battery modules we discussed earlier.

Who is currently using Python Django Web Framework in real world?

Some of the top tech companies using Python Django includes Instragram, Quora, Mozilla, Disqus, National Geographic, Last.fm etc.

This was a theoretical introduction of Django. In the upcoming articles, we will get our hands dirty by using Django to develop a few simple web apps. This should give you a clear idea on the advantages of Django and why it is extremely useful.

By Amar Nath

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