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Open-source programming takes a community, and Imaginary enjoys being a contributor to the Python and Django communities. Articles include presentations, events, and discussions about the latest happenings within the Python and Django community. These include national events like PyCon, DjangoCon, Chicago area tech events like Djangonauts, Chipy, ChiHack, DePy, and news and announcements from the Django Software foundation and Python.org.

Twelve-Factor Renaissance

It has been a week since our production team returned from the 2013 DjangoCon US. Though technically we didn't return since it was in Chicago where we are located! Nevertheless, it was, wholeheartedly, an uplifting and enlightening experience. Russell Keith-Magee's keynote really demonstrated just how far the Django Project and its...

The Onion films at the Imaginary office

This week, The Onion arrived at the Imaginary Landscape office to film a short segment for their website, "CEO Has Special Knack For Recognizing Great Ideas and Ruining Them."  Featured in the film was Imaginary Landscape's own Jenn Sedik (Tara Callies), Dustin Lacewell (Jason Rutherford) and Joe Jasinski (Tim Williams)....

Two talks accepted by DjangoCon

I'm happy to report that the DjangoCon schedule has been announced and we have two presentations that made the cut. Joe Jasinski will be making the solo presentation, "So You Want to Make a Payment: Comparing and contrasting Django payment options" which will introduce and compare some common payment gateway options,...

SOPA and PIPA. What's all the fuss?

People feel strongly about these bills and are jumping on any bully pulpit to instill fear in the hearts of the non-supporters (or supporters, depending on the pulpit).  As with most impassioned controversy, most of the coverage is limited to the polar extremes.  Each side focusing on the most liberal...

Djangonauts and GeoDjango

Many thanks to Joe Jasinski and Eric van Zanten for their presentations on GeoDjango at November's Chicago Djangonauts meetup. Joe kicked off the evening with his presentation, Introduction to GeoDjango.  The presentation was based on his recent blog post GeoDjango Quickstart.  Joe has also provided his presentation slides. After a...

Chicago Djangonauts, reanimated

Having scheduled the first meeting of the reanimated Chicago Djangonauts, I didn't know what to expect.  There were a number of RSVPs on Facebook and a couple through the chicagodjango.com site, but you never know. We ordered three cases of beer from our favorite brewer and 13 pizzas from our...

PyCon, Django in Chicago and general musings

For the fourth year in a row, we have just completed our sponsorship of PyCon.  Each time I return to the office after the conference ends, I am filled with a particular energy.  This year that energy is more pronounced. In many ways, our day-to-day work is done in relative...

Thoughts on our sponsorship of PyCon

We have just completed our third year as a sponsor of PyCon and I thought I'd take a few minutes to reflect on our use of Python as well as the conference itself. Pretty much everyone I spoke to was impressed that we've been programming Web sites in Python since...