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What is virtual environment in django and how to install it? [2020]



You probably heard about virtual environment in django and we must need to install and activate it in order to create django project and run them. The reason why virtual environment is so much popular is because it separates one project dependencies from another. It will explain what I mean by this in a moment but let’s just install virtual environment first and then discuss its benefits.

To install virtual environment, you need one thing called python and you can download and install python from here.

While installing python you need to keep in mind that check add to path option so that you can use python from command prompt

Once you installed python then the next step is creating a new folder probably on your desktop and navigate to your folder using command prompt.

In my case I will create a virtual environment inside my local disk (E). For this I have created a folder called development and I will navigate to the folder by using command prompt. Then you need to type the following command to install virtual environment

pip install virtualenv 

This will install a package called virtualenv that you can use to install virtual environment.

Now the next step is to create a virtual environment by typing the following command.

Note that you must be inside the folder where you want to create your virtual environment.

Then type:

virtualenv env

You will see that a folder named env created and once you open it up then you will see some folders and files inside of it as well. Don’t need to worry about folders. Just check how this command worked for me.

Now our virtual environment is created successfully. Now we will activate virtual environment.

Activating virtual environment:

To activate the virtual environment you must be inside the folder where you created your virtual environment and then type the following command.


Then you will see a round box around the folder in command prompt that indicates that our virtual environment is successfully created and activated. Now we can install django in this virtual environment and it will be specifically installed in this particular in this folder and not as a whole, This helps in keeping different projects dependencies separate from each other.

To install django type the following command in command prompt, note that your virtual environment must be activated.

pip install django

In command prompt you will see something like this.

Note the difference between previous state of cmd line and after executing activate command. The env is placed inside braces. Just like this (env).

Then after activating environment I typed the command to install django and you see that django is installing.

Now we have successfully installed and activate virtual environment and we also successfully installed django inside our virtual environment.

Let’s now talk a little bit about how virtual environment benefit’s us while development.

Benefits of virtual environment in django

  1. It keeps all the dependencies of our project in a separate environment.
  2. We can make as many environments as we want.
  3. Installing packages to a separate virtual environment does not affect our whole system.
  4. We can access all the dependencies of a project instantly.
  5. While deploying our project, it is very easy to collect dependencies that the project is based on and we can upload those dependencies within minutes.

I hope now you have a pretty good understanding of how virtual environment benefits us while development and you also learned about how to install virtual environment. Now you are ready to build something with django, i have created a tutorial on create a website with django you can also check out that here. Thanks.

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How to Connect django to mysql in ubuntu[2020]




Connect Django to MySQL is required because the database that comes with Django by negligence is sqlite3. Sqlite3 is a database that can be used inside small apps and outlines. But when it comes to exhibiting some high-quality apps/web apps in Django, it became wanted to connect it with a good database that can handle a large amount of data. In this post, we are working to do that.

To rise connecting our Django project to the database, you should oblige Python, Django, and XMPP server installed on your system.

To install xampp on your system, you must download the app and next install it inside your system. Here is an expeditious guide to installing xampp on your ubuntu running system.

You can likewise install the virtual environment and Django by following this example.

If you have Django and app installed on your system, suddenly, you can start to connect Django to MySQL.

Create a new project in Django:

To build a new project in Django, type the following commands in your terminal.

Django-admin start project MySQL connection

Open up xampp and run everything the services.

Once you do that, go to localhost/PHPMyAdmin and generate a new database.

I will name it a MySQL connection, and you can call it whatever you need.

Once you function to create, then you are good to go. You don’t need to change anything there.

Startup file inside your Django project and move to the following part.

By default, our Django project is pointing to the sqlite3 database, and we require to improve this to manage a MySQL database. So let us go ahead and replace all of this text with the following code.

Once you change these settings, then you are good to go.

Now Save all the settings and open up the terminal and type the following command.

python migrate

Everything is running fine, and if you go to PHPMyAdmin, you would reasonably see something like this.

You see that all the tables are favourably created. Thanks for reading this comprehensive post. If you have any questions, you can ask me in the comment section. Thanks.

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5 amazing books to read as a django developer [2020]




In this chapter, I will talk about five superb books to learn as a Django developer in 2020. So let us perceive started.

As you all might know that books play a significant role in learning anything weather, it is about the stock market or any other field like programming. So as readers have a significant role in learning to program quickly and efficiently, we will be discussing five amazi////////ng books to read as a Django developer in 2020 because Django is a high-level framework. If you want to master it, then you should probably go with the books written by Django experts to learn the crucial topics of Django.

My no. 1 advice for Django beginners:

Before diving into the books list first, let us discuss what a beginner should do when starting Django development.

When You are starting in Django, then you should go with its Documentation.

Because Django has very comprehensive and clear Documentation and you could see a lot of Documentation. But that Documentation is written professionally, and as a beginner, you might be stuck. So here is the list of books you might concern when you are starting in Django development.

Learn through building projects in Django:

While you are learning to program, you might not follow some professional practices that will lead you to be good. To understand the important stuff that you will need to use in some professional projects, you should start to learn to code by building projects.

I have some cool projects that I write about so that beginners in Django and intermediate-level programmers benefit. Here is the list of some cool projects that I recommend you start building with.

i – Create your website with Django: you can get the tutorial by clicking here.

Ii – Create a resume builder website with Django: Here is the complete tutorial you can follow.

Iii – How to use bootstrap with Django: This post will teach you the best way to use bootstrap with your Django projects to make them responsive. Could you get it here?

Also, I have prepared a list of projects that you can build right now. You can check that complete article here.

Now you can begin with the list of notable books for you to be good at Django.

A list of 5 Amazing books you should read as a Django developer.

Book # 1:

Django for Beginners (best book on this list):

The best book on Django is Django for beginners by William S. Vincent. I kept this book on top of the list because it is hugely summarized and very comprehensively explained all the topics for beginners. This book starts with a beginner teaching the basics of Django. It then moves you around some high-level programming in the Django framework whenever you feel comfortable in Django development. In short, it will teach everything you need to become a master in the Django framework.

Book # 2:

Django 2 web development Cook Book:

The next great book on this list is also a very great book for beginners. Jake Kronika writes it, and it also covers a lot of beginner stuff. This book talks about Django 2, but the logic builds through this book can be used inside Django 3.

Book # 3:

Django 2 by Example:

Antonio Mele writes this book, and it is one of my favorite books because it starts with build the projects, and then by the end of building many projects taught in this, you will eventually become a master in Django.

Book # 4:

Two Scoops of Django:

Another favorite book of mine is Two scoops of Django, and it is a bit older. It only talks about Django 1.8, but the logic you will learn in this book can be implied in the latest versions.

Book # 5:

The definitive guide to Django:

This book is also very informative if you want to learn about Django web development from start to end. Once you finish reading and practicing the lessons inside this book, you will have a thorough understanding of how Django works.

I hope you have enjoyed reading this tutorial now; if you have any questions, please ask them in the comment section, and I will answer. You can also check out the post about Django books by data-flair here. Thanks.

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Amazing Project ideas for beginners in django [2020]





Hi, in this article, I will introduce you to some of my Amazing project ideas for beginners in Django, So lets get started.

Remember one thing in mind you cannot proceed further without doing projects and practicing much in the language or framework you are working on. Once you do some tasks, eventually, your knowledge will become apparent, and you will start doing what you want to do in programming.

Now you might know the importance of doing projects in Django. Let us Discuss some Amazing project ideas for beginners in Django.

No 1: Build a TodoList App

While building this project, you will learn quite a lot in Django because it will give you in-depth knowledge of how everything fits in Django. After all, you will be using HTML, CSS, and javascript with Django to make your to-do list app cool, and you will learn a lot.

No 2: Build Your Blog Using Django:

Importance of building your blog for being programming is even more. Because by having a blog, you can share your thoughts with others, and you will learn a lot. If you want to do a project using Django, then you should go with making your blog.

No 3: Build a Personal website using Django:

This is quite similar to the application above because you can embed your blog inside a static home page website. So here is my advice for creating your website.

Try to create a website with a static homepage and create contact and about us pages. Then create a blog application and embed it inside your website. In this, your website will look more professional, and you will learn many fundamentals of Django by building this project. So go ahead and do that. I have a pretty great tutorial on this project, and you can reference that tutorial by going to the below link.

My website tutorial link: click here.

No 4: Build your portfolio Website:

Let me introduce you to what a portfolio website is:

A portfolio website is simply a website where you can showcase your work. Try to make a website where you will tell other people what you can do and post some of your projects there.

I have a comprehensive tutorial on this project as well, and you can check that as well.

No 5: Build an Ecommerce Website:

Building an eCommerce website in Django can be challenging, and it will also help you make a strong logic about building an eCommerce website using Django. Try to make a simple online shop and add cart options to it, and then you can use this application to sell your projects online.

You can also read 12 project ideas by pythonistaplanet by clicking here.

I hope you have quite a good knowledge of how to think for a project and start building it. If you have any questions or queries, then feel free to ask in the comment section, and I will answer. Thanks.

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