Django: Development to Deployment (Part 2)

Update: Part 3 is out now: Deploying to AWS.

In Part 1 of our series I covered setting up your local environment using Vagrant for virtualization and Fabric in combination with several other tools to do the bootstrapping. In Part 2, I’ll cover my Django setup and the development process.

Django Settings

At the end of part 1 we created a blank project and had a web server running that allowed us to reach the congratulations page. The next step of our setup is to setup Django, mostly by modifying our file. This file controls all the settings for Django, and if very important.

The first thing I do is add some helper methods to resolve the absolute path to the current directory. This has an edge case related to how we use symlinks inside Vagrant, that we need to check for, but is otherwise straightforward:

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