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Django 4 for the Impatient

By : Greg Lim, Daniel Correa
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Django 4 for the Impatient

By: Greg Lim, Daniel Correa

Overview of this book

Learning Django can be a tricky and time-consuming activity. There are hundreds of tutorials, loads of documentation, and many explanations that are hard to digest. However, this book enables you to use and learn Django in just a couple of days. In this book, you’ll go on a fun, hands-on, and pragmatic journey to learn Django full stack development. You'll start building your first Django app within minutes. You'll be provided with short explanations and a practical approach that cover some of the most important Django features, such as Django Apps’ structure, URLs, views, templates, models, CSS inclusion, image storage, authentication and authorization, Django admin panel, and many more. You'll also use Django to develop a movies review app and deploy it to the internet. By the end of this book, you'll be able to build and deploy your own Django web applications.
Table of Contents (14 chapters)

Switching to a MySQL database

As we earlier mentioned, we are using SQLite throughout this book because it is the simplest. However, we will explain how to switch to a more robust database engine called MySQL.


The book code will be based on SQLite, so the changes in this section are optional and won't be reflected either in the GitHub book repository or in upcoming chapters.


MySQL is a popular open source SQL database management system developed by Oracle. There are several different ways of installing MySQL. For this section, we will install MySQL and a MySQL administration tool called phpMyAdmin. Both tools can be found in a development environment called XAMPP. So, let's install XAMPP.


XAMPP is a popular PHP development environment. XAMPP is a free Apache distribution containing MySQL, PHP, and Perl. XAMPP also includes phpMyAdmin. If you don't have XAMPP installed, go to, download it...