Django’s 9 Most Common Applications
Django is a Python web application framework enjoying widespread adoption in the data science community. But what else can you use Django for? Read this article for 9 use cases where you can put Django to work.
By Aakash Bijwe, AVP, IT Solutions at Scalex Technology Solutions
When it comes to choosing a new language or framework for a project what matters to most of the developers is security, rapid development, scalability, versatility, and support. For many companies and independent developers, the Django framework is an easy choice as it’s one of the most popular web development frameworks available in the market. Given the features provided in the Django framework, a lot of developers have started to choose Django as their go-to framework for all the development tasks.
About Django Framework
Django is a free, open-source, high-level Python web framework that facilitates rapid development and pragmatic & clean code. It was created to support web application development, web APIs, and web services. It utilizes the principles of MVC (Model-View-Controller) architecture and its primary aim is to ease the development of complex and database-driven websites. With the Django framework, web developers can focus on creating unique applications that are feature-rich, fast, secure, and scalable and benefit from greater flexibility than using a web development tool. Django takes care of a lot of hassles involved in web development, it enables users to focus on developing components needed for their application rather than spending time on already developed components
Due to the rising popularity of Python, Django has become a framework of choice for many Python development companies. But, why Django? Why is it so popular among developers for web development? Let’s figure out why so many developers around the world use it and how you can do the same.
Benefits of using the Django framework
Built with Python
Since the Django framework is built with Python, it inherits the key benefits of this programming language. It is considered to be quite easy to both use and read, and it’s ideal for machine learning. Python is really easy to learn and it is usually the first language of choice for developers. Many tech giants including Google use Python in their tech stack extensively.
Batteries of Django
Django is popular for “batteries included” which means developers can find almost everything to develop a full-fledged application. These batteries include ORM, Authentication, session management support, HTML templating, URL routing, Middlewares, HTTP libraries, Multi-site support, template engine, forms, view layers, model layers, Python compatibility, and more. This aspect speeds up the development as developers simply don’t need to implement this basic stuff.
Django doesn’t compromise with security and offers by default features to help protect your application and your users. It helps developers avoid many common security mistakes by providing a framework that has been engineered to do the right things to protect the website automatically. Django is usually the first one to respond to vulnerabilities and alert other frameworks.
Highly Scalable & Reliable
Obviously, you need a framework that can handle a huge amount of data and traffic on your application. Django enables any application to handle any audience volume growth with efficiency. It includes a series of default components that can be unplugged and replaced for more specific solutions. As Django is a very popular and widely used web application framework across the industries, a lot of cloud service providers are taking all measures to deploy the application fast and easily on their platforms. This makes it easy for developers to develop more functional, reliable, and efficient applications.
The DRY (don’t repeat yourself) principle encourages developers to not only use the existing code but also avoid unnecessary lines of code, bugs, or errors in the application. This makes Django time-efficient, perfect for high-load systems, and also simplifies maintenance.
Great Set of libraries
Another great advantage inheriting from Python and its wonderful community is that Django has numerous useful libraries. Some of the most popular ones include the Django REST framework for building APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) and the CMS focused framework for website content management.
Excellent Community & Documentation
Django is supported by a large and active community of developers who help you solve issues you may encounter at development. There is also a massive amount of material and resources available right from documentation, tutorials, blogs to meetups and workshops.
9 Most Common Applications of Django Framework
Here are some of the many applications or project types you can develop using the Django framework
- Building cross-platform applications - The cross-platform nature of this framework allows developers to support the entire development and production environment for a variety of OS and user devices to reach a wider audience. Django allows the flexibility to run the application against cross-platform devices.
- Scalable web applications - Django is best suited for building scalable web applications as the framework offers functionalities that programmers look to include in a web application. Also, it is easier to build applications using the components offered in Django rather than building custom components.
- Applications with multiple user roles - Django is most suitable for building web application dashboards with multiple user roles. It offers an extensive web admin interface that is generated automatically on building web applications.
- Building SaaS & Enterprise applications - Django allows you to build faster applications as it supports the async view. For SaaS or enterprise applications async views can also be used for calling third-party APIs, sending emails, and performing read/write operations.
- Building cost-efficient MVP - Django enables startups and entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into a working proof of concept swiftly. It enables rapid development and using the readily available libraries cuts down on the development time drastically.
- Building Content Management Systems (CMS) - It is also well suited for applications requiring Content Management Systems such as newspaper website, online magazines, or blogs attracting heavy traffic
- Secure E-commerce applications - Django’s e-commerce frameworks have all the features like user experience, security, scalability, feature-rich, and reliability. Building an e-commerce marketplace with Django is the first step to handling the traffic.
- Financial platforms - The security aspects of the framework along with Django extensions and libraries allow creating robust payments solutions with features for calculating results based on personal data, risk tolerance, and more.
- Social networking and bookmarking sites - It can be used for creating social networking sites that facilitate communication wherein both security and multiple user roles are of paramount importance.
Django is also suitable for creating document management systems, CRM systems, algorithmic generators, platforms for handling legal issues like verifying mortgage conditions or lease status, real estate property evaluation systems, verification systems, platforms for email newsletters, filtering systems with dynamic rules and complex parameters, platforms for data analysis and complex calculations, and machine learning.
Django powers thousands of sites around the world and is a perfect solution for both startups and large companies. We hope you will have a good understanding of the Django framework once you have read these use cases. If you aim to deliver the product quickly and at an efficient cost, then you should think about using the Django framework for your next project.
Bio: Aakash Bijwe is a passionate and focused business leader at Scalex Technology Solutions who harnesses the power of Mobile, Cloud, and Analytics to help businesses stay ahead and sustainable. Aakash's broad knowledge of mobile/web technologies and the cloud allows him to shape client ideas and serve them better.
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