The only reason for my dabblings with Django has been that I wanted to see Geodjango in action. Most of my dabbling has been with Django under Ubuntu using Ayman Hourieh’s “Website Development with Django…” and “Python Web Development with Django” – both of which I’ve found rather useless books – and more successfully using the Apress titles “The Definitive Guide to Django” and ” Practical Django Projects“. In my opinion, the former two titles take a very convoluted approach to explaining the MVC architecture, which is done in a more friendly approach by the Apress authors. I am not a web developer. I am interested in GIS.
More recently, I installed Django on Windows to get things down (I simply spend more time with Windows, like it or not). A good step-by-step guide was this one by John P. Mulligan. What follows is a list of steps taken by me, with a few additional download links. It’s somewhat redundant in light of the previous good work by Mulligan. It’s more of personal recap for myself to keep track of steps taken.
1) I downloaded and installed PostgreSQL8.4 from EnterpriseDB.
2) Then I installed win-psycopg.
3) Then I installed Tortoise SVN.
4) Then I SVN to check out the latest Django revision.
The only problem I encountered was with getting Django to work with Vista, quoting:
If you get
Type 'django-admin.py help' for usage.when trying to run
django-admin.py startproject mysite, the cause of the problem is that only the first argument (
startproject) gets transferred to
django-admin.py. This seems to be a Vista feature, and furthermore, Vista itself has no tools to fix the situation.
However, there was help here, and it seemed to help.
But when I started looking at the Geodjango installation guide under Windows, I realized that I should’ve installed Postgres8.3 instead of 8.4 because of compatibility with PostGIS. Undoing this caused me all kinds of troubles with Stackbuilder, once I wanted to add PostGIS. There is some help here. I finally installed version 8.3 in a different directory and ignored the last error with creating a template PostGIS database… This is where I left off and hopefully it will work now.
Oh, and I just found another, similar step-by-step here.