Django is a free and open-source python web framework. It follows the model-template-view (MTV) pattern and it's designed for rapid development and clean, pragmatic design. It has been designed to take care of much of the hassle of creating a web application particularly, complex, database-driven websites.
Django’s key distinguishing feature is its "batteries-included" philosophy. The framework includes many pieces of functionality that are almost always needed in Web development, so that developers don't have to choose between reinventing the wheel and spending time on the framework's basic features.
It started in 2003, when a small team of developers decided to build a new Web framework that would advance Python as an alternative to PHP, which was then dominant.
Since then, it has grown into a powerful and mature Web framework that has been powering Web projects of all shapes and sizes. We've seen people from all over the world take Django into production in environments ranging from small startups to large-scale ecommerce systems.
Django has become a very popular choice among beginners and web developers because it powerful, simple and versatile such that you can easily get a web app up and running.
Features of Django
1. Rapid Develoment
2. Very Secure
Django is strengthened by its built-in security features which handles most of the security issues pertaining to web applications. It also comes with powerful encryption libraries which help to protect user passwords and sensitive data.
3. Scalable and Reliable
It has all you need to scale as web applications grow in popularity and number of users.
4. Well Documented
Django has an amazing documentation which makes it super easy to use. You can learn a lot about Django by looking at the documentation and the tutorials provided in it.
5. Stable and Large Community
Django is one of the most popular Web frameworks in the world, with a vibrant community of developers who contribute to its open-source codebase.
1. Django is mainly used for creating web applications.
2. Used with other libraries to create APIs.
You can install Django by running:
pip install Django
or via conda:
conda install -c anaconda django
Websites or Organizations using Django
Here are a few of the large organizations using django on their sites or in various projects:
- Knight Foundation
- MacArthur Foundation
- National Geographic
- Open Knowledge Foundation
- Open Stack
Django is used by other countless organizations and companies, large and small, around the world.