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-===========
-Frontmatter
-===========
+===============
+About this book
+===============
+
+You’re reading The Django Book, first published in December 2007 (and updated in 2009) by Apress as The Definitive Guide to Django: Web Development Done Right.
+
+We’ve released this book freely for a couple of reasons. First, we love Django and we want it to be as accessible as possible. Many programmers learn their craft from well-written technical material, so we set out to create a top-notch guide and reference to Django.
+
+Second, it turns out that writing books about technology is fundamentally difficult: your words are often outdated before the book even reaches the printer. On the web, however, “the ink is never dry” — we can (and will!) keep the book updated.
Acknowledgements
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About the Authors
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-**Adrian Holovaty**, a Web developer/journalist, is one of the creators and core
-developers of Django. He is the founder of EveryBlock, a local news Web startup.
-When not working on Django improvements, Adrian hacks on side projects for the
-public good, such as chicagocrime.org, one of the original Google Maps mashups.
-He lives in Chicago and maintains a weblog at `holovaty.com`__.
+**Adrian Holovaty** is a Web developer with a background in journalism. He’s known in journalism circles as one of the pioneers of “journalism via computer programming”, and in technical circles as “the guy who invented Django.”
+
+He was lead developer at World Online for 2.5 years, during which time Django was developed and implemented on World Online’s sites. He’s the founder of EveryBlock__, a “news feed for your block”.
+
+Adrian lives in Chicago, USA.
-__ http://holovaty.com/
+__ http://everblock.com/
-**Jacob Kaplan-Moss** is one of the lead developers of Django. At his day job,
-he's the lead developer for the Lawrence Journal-World, a locally-owned
-newspaper in Lawrence, KS where Django was developed. At the Journal-World,
-Jacob oversees development of Ellington, an online news publishing platforms for
-media companies. He can be found online at `jacobian.org`__.
+**Jacob Kaplan-Moss** is a partner at `Revolution Systems`__ which provides support services around Django and related open source technologies. Jacob previously worked at World Online, where Django was invented, where he was the lead developer of Ellington, a commercial Web publishing platform for media companies.
-__ http://jacobian.org/
+Jacob lives in Lawrence, Kansas, USA.
+
+__ http://revsys.com
About the Technical Reviewer
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-**Jeremy Dunck** is the lead developer of Pegasus News, a personalized local
-site based in Dallas, Texas. An early contributor to Greasemonkey and Django, he
-sees technology as a tool for communication and access to knowledge.
+**Jeremy Dunck** was rescued from corporate IT drudgery by Free Software and, in part, Django. Many of Jeremy’s interests center around access to information.
+
+Jeremy was the lead developer of Pegasus News, one of the first uses of Django outside World Online, and has since joined Votizen, a startup intent on reducing the influence of money in politics.
+
+He serves as DSF Secretary, organizes and helps organize sprints, cares about the health and equity of the Django community. He has gone an embarrassingly long time without a working blog.
+
+Jeremy lives in Mountain View, CA, USA.
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Welcome to the online version of The Django Book, a free book about the Django Web framework for the Python programming language.
+.. note:: A note about this edition
+
+ Welcome to the community edition of the Django Book!
+
+ This book was originally published by Apress in 2009, and covered Django 1.0. Since then, it's languished. We're working on getting the book updated to cover Django 1.4, 1.5, and beyond. But **we need your help**, so we're making this book — warts and all —
+ `open source`__ in the hopes that it'll find love as a community project.
+
+ So, if you'd like to help out, `hop on over to GitHub`__ and send us a
+ pull request!
+
+__ http://github.com/jacobian/djangobook.com
+__ http://github.com/jacobian/djangobook.com
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Contents:
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