PRODUCTIVITY TIPS, DJANGO DEVELOPER

6 Effective Ways to Boost your Productivity as a Django Developer

September 16, 2020

In this fast-changing and evolving tech ecosystem, everyone wants to be productive and efficient. As a result, we are seeing an increasing number of new tools and software in the market to make our job easy and quick. The same is the case with web development where there are several frameworks for writing high-quality code and reducing cumbersome tasks. Django is one such high-level Python web framework that has gained popularity in recent times for its ‘out-of-the-box’ features. 

 

Are you new to Python and / or Django and are not sure of how to use all these features? Therefore, are you hampering the productivity or scalability of your website? Worry not. I will be sharing 4 simple tips and tools in this article that you can use to boost your performance while working on Django. 

Using IDLE (Integrated Development and Learning Environment) – 

Usually, the first step to write a code starts with an editor. However, in the case of Django, this should be more than a text-editor.

There are many IDEs in the market today to make development easier, faster, and bugs-free. For example, PyCharm, Visual Studio, Atom… These IDEs provide Django-related tools and plugins, such as code completion, code review, error-highlighting and fixes, debugging, version control system, and code refactoring.

Knowing short-cut commands provided by these IDEs will be very useful in saving a lot of your time. I’m referring a few widely-used commands for PyCharm below (To know more of these, please click here)

  • Ctrl + D – to repeat the line or selection
  • Ctrl + Shift + Backspace – to move the caret to a recently edited code
  • Ctrl + Shift + F – to search a given word in the project. You can set wild card for searching and can search using a regular expression.
  • Ctrl + Tab – to see recently viewed files.
  • Ctrl + K – to commit the edited files
  • Ctrl + Shift + K – to push commits to remote branch
  • Shift + F6 – to refactor/rename the file/class name/ function name/ variable name
  • Ctrl + R – to find and replace the word in the entire file or selected code.

Using Pep8 Standards –

Pep8 is the guideline for writing code in Python. When you follow these Pep8 standards in Django, your code will have better readability, aligned with the web framework’s code and consistency.

As we all know, we write the code once and read it multiple times to extend or modify it. Thus, for better productivity, no matter whether you are working alone or working with a team, following universal guidelines is important. 

You can find Pep8 rules here 

Using Class-Based View –

The initial versions of Django have function-based views, where you write all the logic of the app in one single function so that you cannot re-use it. Most tutorials and training material start developers off with the simple style of function-based views (which were available in Django long before class-based views).

The actual power of Python or any object-oriented language lies in Classes and Objects. This object-oriented approach gives code-reusability and better code organization. On top of it, Django provides Generic views which have commonly-used pre-built methods to significantly increase the speed of developing web pages and APIs.

Using Packages – 

Django is an open-source framework and has a very large community. As a result, there are hundreds of packages available that are useful, time-savers, and well tested.

Suppose you are writing a script as a scheduler for the very first time. It may take a week to explore and integrate the Django ORM into that script. However, Django-extension package has run-script command. Using this, you can do the same job in a couple of hours.

For this reason, I am listing down a few packages:

Besides these, here are a few more packages. Alternatively, you can search python packages in your IDE (Pycharm or Visual code) inside the interpreter settings.

Using Django Admin – 

A web-based administrative backend is a standard feature of modern websites. Django has an admin interface that reads meta-data of your app model. Also, it provides a web interface for publishing or configuring the data for your site. It has an authentication interface for trusted admins so that only staff members/ managers of the site can change or add things to the database. You can customize Django admin to some extent. For instance, you can change the layout by overriding default templates, add a logo and site name, redirection link, etc. So, instead of wasting your time in developing an own admin portal, you can use the web framework’s admin interface.

Using Django CMS – 

To give more fire to your Django-Admin Interface, you can certainly add the Django CMS package. They have decent UI and features for admin to publish the data on their Django site. In addition to that, I highly recommend Wagtail as it is easy to install and start. It has a good design, and it focuses on user experience, both the frontend and admin side. 

Happy Django-ing! 🙂