Monthly Archives: April 2009



  • Django is a high-level Python Web framework that encourages rapid development and clean, pragmatic design. and Pinax, a Django based platform for rapidly developing websites – Charles Kaminski

Charles led a lively discussion of his use of Pinax and Django while create Emily’s Project Emily’s Project is an effort to document pricing for different medicine’s. As an example, a major retailer may offer DrugX for $4 and DrugY for $100, while another local outlet may offer DrugY for $28. Depending on your insurance or lack thereof, this can make a big difference in the amount of money you spend for medicine.

Charles researched a number of platforms to use in building this project and had hoped to use a Python based solution. In his research on Django he came across Pinax. Pinax is Django but in an easy to use format and also with a number of Django apps that utilize the Pinax way of interoperability. That means they are very easy to make work with one another, leaving you to the work of developing your site, not figuring out the proper way to wire the two apps together. As examples, Charles showed off the Invite module. Invitations are a popular way of controlling the number of users as you progress from alpha -> beta -> gamma -> release. They’ve been used by Google and other sites with much success. Wiring in invitations on Emily’s Project was as simple as enabling a module in Pinax. The same was true for the wiki component and logins.

The demonstration also showed how easy it is to support multiple languages and databases.