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Django testing sprint at Tel-Aviv University and online (IRC), on Sunday, August 17, 2008, 10:00 (UTC+03)

We'll be holding a Django testing sprint at School of Computer Science at Tel-Aviv University, Schreiber building, room 309, on Sunday, August 17, 2008. See map. If attendees are interested, we can also carry the sprint over to Monday.

Note it's room 309, not 319 as previously advertised. That's the 3rd floor conference room. (Dept of mathematics... this must mean something.)

This sprint will focus on testing the 1.0-rc release (see 1.0 roadmap). More details will be posted here and announced on django-dev as we get closer to the sprint.

See announcement in Whatsup (the local portal; Hebrew), and discussion on Python-IL (mailing-list; English; gatewayed to Gmane, IIRC? Google Groups?).

What's a sprint? How do I participate?

See Sprints for information about how sprints work, how you can participate, etc.

Anybody, anywhere around the world, can participate and contribute. We'll be gathering in person in Tel-Aviv, but if you can't make it you can also participate through IRC. Knowing python really helps; here's a simple tutorial.

This sprint will examine the behavior of Django players to test if 1.0 release candidate is ready. We will focus on two types of users: first timers and experienced users. First timers can either show up or use IRC to get instant help from the experts.

Tasks for experienced Django users

  • Refactoring an existing project to 1.0 rc
  • Start a fresh project on top of 1.0 rc
  • Set up a day of work with a friend and help her as she learns django 1.0 rc

For the less experienced

  • We'll give Q&D introductions to Python, Web programming, etc, if beginners want any.
  • We'll study Django (critically, in-depth), mapping the territory, "using the source, Luke", experimenting, and telling the world about it all.
  • Gain experience in using lots and lots of tools while working...

And, of course, all must have fun. This is absolutely required.


Do come! And bring your geeky friends, too. T'will be a great opportunity to learn, discuss and code with some kick-ass Django and Python experts. (Well, at least one. ;o) And lots of fun!

If you plan to participate in the sprint, add your name to the roster below.


So that everyone knows who'll be there, please add your name below along with the day(s) you're interested in attending.

In Tel-Aviv

  • Benny Daon (Sunday & Monday)
  • Meir Kriheli (Sunday, not sure about Monday)
  • Golan Derazon
  • Ilan (anytime, anywhere)
  • Ahik Man (Sunday)
  • Guy Arieli (Sunday)
  • Udi Bauman (Sunday, only from noon)
  • Eliran Itzhak (anytime, anywhere, beginner)
  • Alon Levy (Sunday afternoon)
  • Idan Gazit (Sunday all day, beginner)
  • Omer Tabach (Sunday afternoon, beginner)
  • Alexander Arshavski (Sunday afternoon)
  • Sivan Greenberg (Sunday all day, knows python, beginner with python for web)
  • Ori Peleg
  • Eli Golovinsky (Sunday morning, possibly Monday as well)

Worldwide, through IRC

  • channel #django-sprint on Freenode.


  • rimon from - inspiration and contacts
  • eddiea from - helping us with the physical and network location


  • Portable!
  • Snacks, caffeine, chocolate, et al
  • Camera
  • Hat and high spirits. (Hat's optional.)

a posteriori

Debriefing: impressions, conclusions, ideas for the next sprint... ;o)

It was so much fun!!!

About ten arrived early, hacked (and yacked, mostly) till 18:00, when many more joined for a tutorial -- heard excellent presentations from the gurus, Meir and Udi. (Duh, tutorial after the sprint? Nu, we'll do better next time.) Gave us a peek into the internals as well as the big picture, business case. Impressive. Lots of questions during, so no time left for discussion after the presentations (had to evac' by 20:00).

Notes taken


  • Personal notes, to be formatted, etc, and posted somewhere.
  • Contacts list stored on a dead tree-based device. Will probably be circulated privately?
  • Lots of photos taken... need to upload to Flickr, Picasa?
  • T'was all intense, incessant talk... a great meeting. Will take time to process it all, and share insights.

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