Django 1.6 and Beyond

By Russell Keith-Magee

  • Django core team developer
  • President of the Django Software Foundation
  • @freakboy3742
  • PhD in ...

This is Russell’s vision for what is happening in Django, but nothing is concrete because Django is a volunteer project.

What’s missing?

Good frameworks don’t come from academia, they come from projects solving real problems.

—Jacob Kaplan-Moss

Things likely to happen

  • App Refactor

    • Application name is fixed. For example, ‘coupons’ in admin will retain that name.
    • What goes into an app?
    • Probably not in 1.6, maybe in 1.7.
  • Schema Migration

    • South ought to be in core.
    • Andrew Godwin is working on it.
    • The plumbing is the backend, the porcelain is how users interact with it.
  • Composite Primary Keys

    • Easy concept to explain, hard to implement with all the existing pieces.
  • Increased decoupling

    • Pieces of Django core are getting moved out.
    • Local flavor is getting moved out.
  • Admin 2.0

    • A lot of things it could do but it doesn’t.
    • Many third-party skins
    • Current version not using CBVs but they could be.
  • Release Schedule

    • Averaged a release every 11 months
    • OMG this means we have to update Two Scoops of Django faster. :P
  • Singleton Cleanup

    • The settings a’la django.conf.settings.
    • It’s a problem that really needs to be fixed.
    • Considering breaking backwards compatibility.

Long Term Predictions (low accuracy)

  • Better sharing with the rest of the Python world.

    • WSGI

    • SQLAlchemy

    • NoSQL

      • Probably not happening because it would only allow for a subset of the Django ORM functionality
      • What about the ORM?
  • Extinction-level events (Django is a great framework for 2005, but it’s 2013)

    • Django doesn’t handle real-time.

    • Server/client separation

      • Javascript frameworks are not chosen yet.
      • Sourcemaps are making the debugging of compiled Javascript framework
    • Mobile

      • Objective-C
      • Java
      • HTML5
  • How do we make great ideas happen?

    • Decisions are made to those who show up.