Last week, I deployed my first live Django app. Time from start to finish: three years.
Cue the sound of snickers and a thousand eye-rolls. Go ahead. But I confess: From the moment I said, “I want to build something using Django” to the moment I restarted Apache on my WebFaction server and watched the site load for real in my browser, 36 months passed through the hourglass of time.
You see, I got diverted along the way. I’ll tell you why. But first, two things:
1. Learning is wonderful, thrilling, maddening and rewarding. If you’re a journalist and want to see new worlds, let me encourage you to take a journey into code.
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The tale began March 2009 in Indianapolis at the Investigative Reporters and Editors Computer-Assisted Reporting conference. That’s the annual data journalism hoedown that draws investigative journalists, app coders and academics for a couple of days of nerdish talk about finding and telling stories with data.