Cape Town Monthly: CSS Grid & Getting your Python side project done done!


· Session 1 - CSS grid
· Session 2 - From Zero to kind of hero: Getting your Python side project ready for deployment


Session 1
Title: CSS grid

Since the web's beginnings, front-end developers have used all manner of techniques to control the layout of web pages. From tables to floats, positioning, and display properties, these techniques have all had one thing in common: they are by and large hacks.

As a result design on the web has been difficult because of a lack of real tools for creating layouts. With the advent of Flexbox and latterly CSS Grid, we are finally getting tools to do design on the web. This talk will introduce CSS grid, a true layout system designed for web pages and applications.

Facilitator: Justin Slack

Justin Slack is head of design, user experience, and front-end development at NML (, a financial services software development company. He is fluent in HTML and CSS, and slightly obsessive about typography, web standards, and user experience.


Session 2
Title: From Zero to kind of hero: Getting your Python side project ready for deployment

One evening, my little sister asked me for help with her homework at 9pm. She had already asked her classmates on a WhatsApp group, but nobody was able to help as all her peers had the same limited resources available to them. This gave me the idea for Buza (Zulu for “ask”), a platform for high school learners to ask questions that could be answered by volunteer university students in their free time.
Buza is the first side project of mine that I’ve ever truly wanted to deploy. After months of coding and adding loads of features, I finally reached out to a senior developer to help me deploy my truck of features. The first thing she said was “A lot of this code will have to be replaced with production-ready code”. These are words you never want to hear.

University Computer Science equipped me with the ability to write code to solve problems, but in industry extra skills were required to build production-ready software. This talk will share the valuable lessons I learned from getting this Django web app production-ready. This will start with how to choose the right tools, framework, environment for your project. I will also cover how to set up testing and continuous integration for your project.

Facilitator: Sewagodimo Matlapeng

Code name: Lady Sunshine
Half marathon runner and python developer