Our fork of django-project-templates, which includes fabric scripts and basic setup for Heroku apps.
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To clone this repo:

git clone -b postgis-2.0-django-1.5 --single-branch git://github.com/cirlabs/django-project-templates.git

This project contains templates for creating a new Django project. It’s like running django-admin.py startproject but it creates a more complete application skeleton.

All you need to do is install the package from PyPi like so. Note that it will install PasteScript, Cheetah and Fabric. So you may want to create a new virtualenv.

python easy_install django-project-templates

Alternatively you can install it from a git clone with:

python setup.py install

And then creating a project skeleton is as simple as:

paster create --template=django_project example_project

Note that this project skeleton is still in flux. It definitely contains some things that are personal preference but it hopefully makes up for it with useful tools like a reasonably complete fabric based deployment setup and configs for CruiseControl. And yes, more documentation would be nice.

Heroku template

Drawing on work from the Chicago Tribune, we (the Center for Investigative Reporting) put together a project template for launching news apps in a Heroku environment. You can read more about it here.

paster create --template=heroku_project project_name

CIR app setup on a Mac (currently assumes PostGIS 1.x)


For development:
– Virtualenv and VirtualenvWrapper
– Postgres and PostGIS running locally
– Libevent
– Memcached/Libmemcached – https://gist.github.com/mikejcorey/6442295
– Homebrew will make your life easier for most of the above

For deployment:
– Git
– Heroku CLI and other tools: http://devcenter.heroku.com/articles/quickstart

Creating a new app

1. Create a new virtual environment:

mkvirtualenv example

2. Check out our fork of django-project-templates:

git clone git://github.com/cirlabs/django-project-templates.git  
cd django-project-templates  
python setup.py install  
cd ..; rm -rf django-project-templates

3. Create a new Heroku template:

paster create --template=heroku_project example

4. Bootstrap the environment:

cd example; fab bootstrap

5. Re-log in to virtualenv:

deactivate; workon example

At this point, you can start developing locally. Remember: Put your static media in the “assets” folder, not the “static” folder, which is used by Django’s static files framework to collect and serve static media locally.

Deploying to Heroku:

1. Set up app for Heroku:

fab setup_heroku

2. Deploy data to data server:

fab production deploy_data

3. Deploy static media to S3:

fab production deploy_static

4. Deploy app to Heroku:

git push heroku master