Django in the Triangle
Jacob Kaplan-Moss recently wrote about the growing size of the Django community. It seems as though we are starting to feel some Django-related growing pains here in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park. Given recent developments on the Triangle Zope & Python User Group (TriZPUG) mailing list I thought I would take some time to discuss the current state of Django in the Triangle, who’s using it, and what is in the pipeline.
Django’s growing popularity
First off, it’s important to note that Django adoption is growing nationwide. The included chart shows the number of posted “Django” jobs found on Indeed.com over the past few years. Notice a trend? Jacob Kaplan-Moss estimates the Django community may have grown somewhere on the order of 2-3x from 2007 to 2009. I definitely believe it and wouldn’t be surprised if it were higher. Between the volume of phone calls from recruiters and the number of people I run into using or talking about Django its popularity is definitely on the rise in the Triangle.
Django in Action
Here’s a short list of shops in the Triangle who use Django in their day-to-day development:
- MetaMetrics ( Lexile )
- Caktus Consulting Group
- American Research Institute
- Semiconductor Research Corporation
- Viget Labs
I know there are other closeted folks out there using Django without full corporate blessing or knowledge. If there are other groups out there who would like to make this list please let me know.
A Triangle Django Users Group?
A new Google Group TriDjUG (twitter: @TriDjUG) was recently created in order to help foster a healthy Django community. At the same time some good discussion erupted from the TriZPUG mailing list. Why bother splitting our local Python community? While the intention was never to split away, some good cases were made for operating under the umbrella of TriZPUG. Strengthen the Python community. One exciting sentiment that came from TriZPUG members was that non-Django Python users were interested in Django and wanted to learn more during regular TriZPUG meetings. That would give us a captive audience at an already catered and organized event. Sounds good.
Surely there is some Django-specific fun to be had… For starters, we’re looking to sponsor local Django-related sprints maybe including one for the upcoming Django 1.2 release. For our community building/growing merit badges a couple of us are developing a Django Bootcamp; let’s continue to grow.
So it sounds like it’s up to us local Djangonauts to step up, participate in TriZPUG, and build greater awareness. People want to hear about our technologies, so let’s share. If you have other ideas we’ld love to hear them. If you haven’t yet introduced yourself swing by the mailing list or irc (#trizpug) and say hello.