Hands-on Web Development with Python and Django

01-17-2017, Meetings, Directors

The goal of this workshop is to create your own website using Python and Django. It will start with a brief introduction to the Python syntax (enough to write a simple Python program), followed by developing a website using the Python framework Django. By the end of the seminar, you will have a simple Hello World website running on your own laptop using the built-in Django server. In creating the website we will cover core HTML and CSS concepts as well as navigating between pages using the URL.

If you want to work on your own laptop, follow these instructions to install the necessary software.

Python for a Mac
Python 2.7.x is already pre-installed. To test it, enter Python at a terminal command prompt. Python should start and display a >>> command prompt. Enter quit() to quit. You can also install Python 3.6.x by going to (this will install Python 3 in addition to 2.7.x, not replace it).

Python for Windows
To install Python on Windows, go to If your computer is Windows 7 or above, select Download Python 3.6.0. Otherwise, select Python 2.7.13. Choose the Add to Path option and install. After installing, open a new Command Prompt and enter Python. It should display a >>> command prompt. Enter quit() to quit Python.

To install Django, from a command line, enter pip install django. 
Notes: (1) If you are on a Mac and are running a version of Python that is older than 2.7.9, you may have to install pip. Do this by entering sudo easy_install pip. (2) If you have both Python 2.7.x and Python 3.x on your computer, you may need to use pip3 install django to use Django with Python 3.


Richard DeVost is a technology/math enthusiast and full-stack developer who cut his programming teeth in the 3X world.


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