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What advice would Simon Willison give to a beginner Python/Django developer?

Build something and put it on the internet. Make sure you have an easy way to deploy new versions (Heroku is a good bet if you don’t want to figure out Fabric). Pick a project that’s useful to you—a simple blogging engine is often a good bet, or maybe something that aggregates together your posts from Twitter and Instagram and so on. Or come up with something a bit more creative!

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How did Simon Willison learn programming?

My dad taught me to program at first on a Commodore 64 when I was about 7. I only found out many years later that he’d had the “how to program” manual on his left hand side, me sat on his right hand side and was only ever a couple of pages ahead of me in the book!

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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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Simon Willison (simonw) on Twitter. I just realised I’ve never actually linked to my Twitter account on my blog. This is mainly an experiment to see if doing so makes my follower count go up... # 29th September 2009, 9:49 pm

The Internet Archive should actively partner with / / etc. and maintain a mirror database of their redirects

Me, on Twitter # 8th March 2009, 2:59 pm


Hey Google: any chance we can all build the social web together without requiring JavaScript?

Me # 13th May 2008, 1:49 pm