Issues using mySQL on OS X in the tutorial
|Reported by:||Owned by:||nobody|
|Severity:||Normal||Keywords:||UNIX Env Vars & mySQL|
|Has patch:||no||Needs documentation:||no|
|Needs tests:||no||Patch needs improvement:||no|
At first a big thank you for the great tutorial. I started a point zero and now I got some nice app working (only in local lightweight webserver deployment). When I started the tutorial I wanted to use it with mySQL which was already installed on my machine. But for some reason it did not work (i keep trying to fix this issue but still have no clue until now).
I have extensively documented my experience with the tutorial (as newbie to both, python & django) here:
One part which always really gets into the way of making things work smoothly is that the importance of UNIX environment vars is completely left in the dark. That is not any different on this tutorial. I have no clue which env vars do exist, get used, and how they influence the whole django/python cosmos.
e.g. what exactly is the "pythonpath"? I mean I know the search paths which I handle in my bash_profile. It would be so much easier to understand whats going on, if you could give a little clue about the task of env vars here. I also think that these env vars are a thing that is not very well understood by most people.
I mean I am coming from Xcode and Objective-C where I do not have to do a lot of stuff on the shell. But for python and django the shell is the natual environment where it lives. A short quickstart on the most important things of the env vars would be a huge improvment on the tutorial.
Another helpful improvement would be to explain upfront, what these installers (like pip) are actually doing. I do not want to know every single step, but it would be so helpful to know if they are special binaries, if they are scripts, if in which language, and what kind of operations they will carry out for me. If I call this stuff via "sudo" I basically should know about this. I just trusted the installer this time, but I should have been more careful I think.
Best & thanks already for the nice tutorial,