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How to Become a Django Developer for Free

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Django markets itself as "the web framework for perfectionists with deadlines". Not only is it a high-level framework, but it’s one that’s designed to promote clean designs and rapid development. Mozilla, Instagram, Pinterest, Bitbucket, and The Washington Times are all designed using Django.

If you want to start learning this Python-based open source web application framework, you’ll find that there are a lot of resources available online. Here are some of the best for you to use--don’t worry, they’re all free!

1. Ultimate Django

Ultimate Django offers an online-based course for free, though those who want further resources will have to pay for the packaged deals. The tutorials include information on how to create static web pages, displaying data lists, using Git/Github, using Ajax with Django, processing payments, and so much more. To access the online course, all you need to do is sign up for the site’s newsletter, and you’re off to a great start with Django!

2. Django Girls

For those who are dedicated to their profession and want to add Django skills to their resume, this is definitely the tutorial for you. It will get you started learning the most basic Django capabilities, and walk you through Django models, admin, deploying your apps, creating using Django, Python installation, how to edit code,  and so much more. It’s comprehensive and fully accessible--definitely worth checking out.

3. Django Project

If you like text-based learning, you’ll love the documents available at Django Project! They come with all the basics on building basic apps using the framework, and you can learn how to expand your apps easily. You’ll need to have a fairly rudimentary understanding of programming languages to understand this material, but it’s worth the read.

4. Getting Started with Django

GSWD is a site that takes you through everything you need to do to get started with Django. It gives you a basic look at what it can do, shows you what you need in order to start working with the framework, simple mistakes to watch out for, and more. The tutorials are beautifully laid out, making it easy to follow and fun to learn with.

5. Test Driven Development

This is a book--offered on the Obey the Testing Goat website--that will teach you everything you need to know to produce beautiful apps. You will learn the basics of working with Django, alongside Python, JavaScript, Selenium, and others, helping you to build a foundation of knowledge that will make it possible to create beautiful apps. The book is free in digital format, and it’s a comprehensive guide that is a great starting block for your Django education.

6. Tango with Django

Yet another excellent resource for beginner Django users, Tango with Django offers a comprehensive introduction to the framework. You’ll learn everything you need to know to start using the language, and the book will walk you through more intermediate and advanced concepts. Definitely a solid resource to consider!

Thanks to the free resources above, you are well on your way to becoming an excellent Django developer!

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