I was starting to feel a bit stressed because my job no longer has me doing development work. I love the work I'm doing. Video editing and helping out with video production and management is a great creative challenge, but I'm still a programmer at heart and need to write code occasionally.
So I decided to ditch my old Wordpress blog, and start a new one that will service me on my 10 Year Plan.
The new blogging engine should have the following features:
That covers the basics, and then some.
For development, I decided (logically, I think) to setup a vm using the same version of Ubuntu that I have on my Linode server. Parallels on the Mac is my vm weapon of choice, and I've been pleased with how easy the experience has been.
I know I could have just as easily done the development and testing on my Mac, but troubleshooting has been much easier when I don't have to wonder, 'is this because I'm running the code on a Mac, vs. Linux?'
A Django project is a collection of applications, or apps. Since my long-term plan is to have multiple features to the site, I created a TenYearPlan project, and a blog app.
$ django-admin startproject tenyearplan
$ python manage.py startapp blog
If you are new to Django, work through the terrific tutorial. This is not intended to be an introduction to Django, but a discussion of my adventures creating a blog and other applications.
We now have a functioning project and application skeleton. Time to setup the model. But let's take a break for now. I'll continue with the model layout and database setup in the next part.