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What are the tradeoffs (e.g. development speed, performance, scalability) between using various php frameworks, ruby/rails, or python/django?  Is there any reason to choose one overwhelmingly over another?

At this point, I’d argue that the decision between them comes down to programming language rather than framework—the frameworks have mostly converged on a very similar set of features.

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Is Django a good option for crowdsourcing site?

Yes. I’ve built multiple crowdsourcing sites using Django, including http://mps-expenses2.guardian.co... , http://www.wildlifenearyou.com/ and http://lanyrd.com/

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What is the best way to integrate MongoDB with Django?

Personally, I just “import pymongo” and start calling the regular Python API—no need for any special treatment to get it working with Django.

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What does an ideal Django workflow setup look like?

Short answer: virtualenv, pip, south for migrations, fabric for deployment.

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Who are the best Python developers in Los Angeles?

Mahalo is based in Santa Monica, and they have a very talented team of Python/Django people. They also host a regular Django meetup: http://www.meetup.com/ladjango/

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What’s the easiest way to take an existing Django view and make it “real time” via long polling?

I’d advocate decoupling your long polling endpoints entirely from the rest of your web app stack. Personally I like Node.js for this, but Tornado would work just fine too (I’ve experimented successfully with Tornado long polling in the past).

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Django (web framework): Why did theonion.com stop using Drupal?

They wrote about their reasons in detail in a post to the Django sub-reddit a while ago: http://www.reddit.com/r/django/c...

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Which Solr app for Django is better: Haystack or django-solr-search (solango)?

I’d go with Haystack—while it supports multiple backends, I get the feeling Solr is the principle backend it was developed for. It’s extremely well documented in my opinion, and the SearchQuerySet API it gives you makes running low-level queries really easy if the higher level class-based view it provides don’t do quite what you want.

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What is the highest traffic website built on top of Django?

My best guess would be Disqus. Instagram are pretty enormous these days as well.

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What is the history of the Django web framework? Why has it been described as “developed in a newsroom”?

I was there!

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