6 thoughts on “Recommendations for learning Django from Scratch”

  1. I knew nothing about Django 6 months ago. I’d just started learning Python and wanted to get into web development so it came along.

    I first started using Flask and did a simple blog then moved to Django as I wanted to use Wagtail as my CMS.

    I just watched hours and hours of YouTube vids, taking notes, trying to understand everything not just copying things. Every tutorial I tried I would always customise things, add my own features, this would bring problems that I would have overcome myself, I learnt a lot by making my own mistakes.

    Along the way I learnt the basics of HTML, CSS, started understanding Git/GitHub and now want to learn HTMX and some JS. So be prepared to learn that stuff too.

    My advice is to just try building something, use a book or tutorial but add your own features. Take notes. Don’t just copy code. I’m still a beginner but I can now happily produce a simple website, but I love learning more and more, Python is so amazing and what can be achieved with Django is so good.

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  2. MDN tutorial. Django docs tutorial. DiangoGirls tutorial.

    Do those, then do something on your own. Maybe a reddit clone, or something simple, but do it without following along something step by step.

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  3. Coursera course: Python Django – The Practical Guide
    Academind by Maximilian Schwarzmüller, Online Education. Maximilian covers the right topics and at a good pace.

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  4. The 3 books by Will Vincent (Django for beginners, Django for professionals and APIs with Django {not sure about exact title}, in that order) are very good.

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