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Epic South Disasters: or, Why You Actually Need To Pay Attention To Your DBMS

Our speaker this month is Christopher Adams. Working with Django since 2010, Chris is Engineering Lead at Scrollmotion, one of the leading companies in enterprise software for mobile devices. He presented this talk at DjangoCon 2013.

Using South has its gotchas. I'll go over some of them by using colorful examples involving data loss and hard-to-recover states.

A lot of people use South to manage database migrations. It's a great addition to the Django space that allows you to iterate quickly, without spending a lot of time writing and testing schema migrations. But what happens when South does things you didn't expect it to do? From the quibbles of differing database backends to phantom post_save signals sent during data migrations, this talk will offer a set of warnings illustrated by example. Prepare to be horrified.


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  • Christopher A.

    Nice to see everyone. In case anyone wants the slides: http://www.slideshare.net/ChristopherAdams5/epic-south-disasters

    October 16, 2013

    • Jaimin P.

      Thanks for sharing it.

      October 16, 2013

  • Michel B.

    It was very informative. It answered many questions I was wondering about, and was very useful to avoid potentially big blunders!

    October 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Some good to know gotchas were covered that could easily escape your notice and come back to bite you.

    October 16, 2013

  • arry

    Actually I have experience as a web programmer and am new to Django.. all the books I have seen are written by people who dont know how to write clearly (seems to be endemic in the CS community) which makes putting up pages difficult when this should be a simple process. Are their any group meetings for novices? Regards,

    L Marcus

    October 14, 2013

    • Patrick T.

      Yeah 2 scoops of django is good and written well

      October 15, 2013

  • Keith R.

    Got stuck w a doctors appointment in afternoon and won't b able to make it back to the city :-( apologies

    October 14, 2013

  • Anthony R.

    I would Like to join

    October 14, 2013

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