Few days back, Django 1.7 release candidate 1 was announced. I have never been so excited about a release in recent memory. It has a new app loading framework and schema migrations baked right in!
It is also the significant release that I had been waiting for to update my original Django screencast. With more than 77 thousand views, it is by far the most popular Django screencast on YouTube.
Back in 2012, when I was working in Django, there were a lot of comparisons between Rails and Django. One of the biggest selling points of Ruby on Rails was their official 15-minute blog screencast. It was fascinating to watch an expert Rails developer build an entire site from scratch especially how deftly they use TextMate, which could nearly read his mind.
Armed with a Linux terminal and Emacs, I set out to create a similar screencast for anyone interested in Django. Live coding was something that I had not tried before. I remember starting at 11 pm one night, hoping to complete my recording by midnight.
But by the time I finished a recording without any major goofups it was 5 am in the morning. So with barely ...