Django: Two Extreme Case Studies

Mike Biglan (Twenty Ideas), M Wiggins (Concentric Sky)
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Building a variety of applications from celebrity to institutional, Electronic Medical Record (EMR) to Ecommerce, we have been fortunate to work with many combinations of Django-centric technologies, libraries and integrations.

The two case studies to be discussed provide two extremes in terms of end goals. Both were very large sites with much history and existing content. And both had very tight deadlines. The redeveloped is a social, news-based site in the top 10,000 US sites when launched. It has integrated search using Lucene/SOLR, a suite of administrative tools to add new content, organize it, and arrange it flexibly on the home page, and it has multiple web & database servers.

The Santa Fe Institute’s website ( starts with DjangoCMS, a host of custom CMS plugins, a robust schema, and integration with Alfresco, an iCal Server, and a Google Search appliance.

This presentation will cover the variety of techniques, libraries, and best-practices used in developing and migrating content – and achieving such extreme timeline goals.

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Mike Biglan

Twenty Ideas

Mike leads a team of 15 in variety of new development projects from iPhone Apps to social networking sites to Web 2.0 web applications. Within the past year, his clients have ranged from Encyclopedia Britannica, Santa Fe Institute, Michael Moore, Cengage Learning,, and Kindermusik.

Mike has an M.S. in Computer Science & Engineering from UC San Diego and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago. He currently serves also serves as VP of Technology for Simple Gifts, Inc and is on the steering board of the Promise Neighborhoods Research Consortium.

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M Wiggins

Concentric Sky

Wiggins has been programming his entire life after first learning his alphabet on an apple][ keyboard. He has been helping lead the Django team at Concentric Sky for the last 3 years and has lead the development team for,, and many others. He has worked on or helped out with almost 100 different django projects at his time with Concentric Sky.

He is also the lead Android developer at Concentric Sky and has led the development team for several different apps including National Geographic’s GeoBee and Encyclopedia Brittanica Kids apps.

Wiggins knows many different languages, and enjoys learning new ones. In his spare time he has also published some open source android software as Hlidskialf Software.

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Mike Biglan
07/21/2010 7:55am PDT

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