Why YOU should choose Django?
In this digital era, where Every business owner is taking their Business Online, one needs to know the difference between a ‘Static Website’ and a ‘Web Application’. A website provides basic information about the company, its vision, services that they offer, contact information, and a few basic functionalities. While web applications help to automate the entire business processes online, eg: E-Commerce. Just like what our organisation does for building Web Applications in popular frameworks like Django.
Django: Web Framework
In this blog, let’s talk about the Django Framework. Django is an open-source Python Web Framework. It follows the MVT (Model, View, Template) Architecture. Model refers to Database Structure, View refers to business/backend logic and Template refers to User/Client Interface. Django has a modular structure i.e we can create apps for different parts of the project. Within the app, we have an MVT structure that helps in organizing huge-scale projects.
For Eg., For a Hospital Management System we can have apps like a patient, admin, vendor, employee, etc. Each app will have its part in the entire application. Because of this, each group/member can work on a certain part, thus improving efficiency. There are many Web Applications that are built using Django. Some of the popular ones are Instagram, Spotify, Bitbucket, Dropbox, YouTube. Django can be used to build a full-fledged web application as well as the rest of APIS.
Features & Benefits of Django.
Django has some great documentations. Read their documentation to learn Django and understand how the project can be made in an efficient way.
2. Faster Development
Django uses the principles of rapid development and DRY(Don’t Repeat Yourself) philosophy which helps in faster development of applications.
Many developers use Django, hence there is a rich ecosystem that helps in solving issues/problems one might get while developing. Solutions to many of such issues are already available on stack overflow
We can use all the libraries of python to write business logic. It helps in saving a lot of time / prevents the implementation of certain feature from scratch
Django takes security seriously and helps developers avoid many common security mistakes.
Django App structure helps in keeping different parts of the project separately. For instance, a Hospital Management System can have apps like the patient, admin, vendor, employee, etc. Each app will have its part in the entire application which will have their own features and business logic.
A. Django Web Application
Consider a web application based on Django which has frontend as well as backend on the same project(Django). In this case, all team members must be familiar with Django, otherwise, there might be a dependency on other developers to integrate their code. This will in turn which may increase the completion time of the project. The team might not be able to start working with full efficiency till the time UI/UX gets approved thus slowing down the completion time.
As the frontend and backend are on the same project, it might be difficult / time consuming to find bugs. To make a mobile app of existing web app features, then along with mobile app development, all backend logic needs to be rewritten in form of APIS. This will consume time. The team will have to maintain 2 codebases by the end of the project(web app and API backend). This may lead to a problem in the future. However, if the project needs to be up and running in a short span of time, it’s always better to use this approach.
B. React.js + Django API
Consider a project in which React.js is used for frontend and Django for backend APIS. In this case, there would be separate teams handling the frontend and backend. The Backend team can start developing APIs once the requirement is clear. On the other hand, the frontend team will need to wait for the UI/UX team to handover them the approved designs of UI. This saves time as APIS are getting ready while the UI/UX team is working on making designs. Also, it becomes easier to debug as the frontend and backend are kept separate.
APIS can be further used as it is if we decide to create a mobile app for their business, thus saving lots of time. Minor changes may still be required in APIs but that is better than writing all backend logic all together again for the mobile app.
Some of the APIs can be made public or for partner usage. This approach can take more time as 2 separate teams are involved. There needs to be coordination among them for integrating frontend and backend.
Django is one of the best frameworks to be used for web application development. Depending on the use case and other parameters like a team, timeline, project one can choose which approach to go ahead with. In both cases, scalability must be taken care of depending on the number of requests once it is launched and has been in the market for a certain period of time.
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