Boost Your Django DX

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🚀 Updated 17th January 2024 for Django 5.0 and Python 3.12 - see the blog post.

During my years working with Django, I’ve picked up many tools and techniques to boost my Developer Experience (DX). This book covers as many of these as possible so you can learn them, too!


The book contains 12 chapters.
Below is a brief summary of the contents - my blog has the full table of contents. For a sample extracted from the settings chapter, see this post.

  1. Origin
    Opening notes, a description of the included examples, acknowledgements, and changelog.
  2. Documentation
    Tools to get you to the right documentation, quicker. Covers DevDocs, DuckDuckGo, Bonus Django Documentation Sites, Wget, and some miscellaneous tips.
  3. Virtual Environments and Dependencies
    Manage environments, and the dependencies within, correctly and easily. Covers venv, virtualenv, pip-tools, pip-lock, recommended practices for dependency management, and Python’s development mode.
  4. Python Shell
    Enhance your Python command line experience. Covers IPython and django-read-only.
  5. Development Server
    Make Django’s runserver better. Covers django-debug-toolbar, Watchman, django-browser-reload, and Rich.
  6. Code Quality Tools
    The key tools to improve your code quality. Covers EditorConfig, pre-commit, Black, isort, and Flake8.
  7. Further Code Quality Tools
    Many extra tools that are useful for Django development. Covers pyupgrade, django-upgrade, pre-commit-hooks, reorder_python_imports, curlylint, DjHTML, Mypy (barely!), Prettier, ESLint, and Shellcheck.
  8. Build Your Own Tools
    How to make your own code quality tools. Covers pre-commit’s virtual languages, how to write and test a Flake8 plugin, and how to write a pre-commit-compatible command line tool.
  9. Settings
    Tips and patterns for managing Django’s settings file. Covers structuring your settings, a template, some patterns to avoid, and testing settings files.
  10. Models and Migrations
    Tips and tools for managing your data. Covers writing a management command to seed your development database, generating data with Factory Boy, migration safeguard practices, and django-linear-migrations.
  11. System Checks
    Make the most of Django’s built-in runtime code quality framework. Covers how system checks work, how to write and test your own checks, and django-version-checks.
  12. Terminus
    Closing notes with links to further reading, including many things that didn't make it into the book.


Who are you?

Hi, I'm Adam Johnson. I'm an author and solo consultant working with Django and Python.

I've used Django since 2012 and have been a member of the Django Project Steering Council since the 2.2 release cycle.

Is this an official Django product?

The Django Software Foundation didn't help me out with this book, and this is in no way "official". It's a product of A.W.S. (Adam's Web Services) Ltd.

You should make a donation to the DSF separately!

What's included?

A PDF watermarked with your email address, an ePub, an AZW3 file (Kindle), and a resources zip file containing all the code examples.

Will you do a printed version?

Unfortunately, I can’t afford to do print versions given that I (aim to) update at least every eight months for each new Django version, and the audience is so global.

Do you offer any discounts?

Gumroad’s purchasing power parity feature will automatically offer you a discount based on your location.

Outside of that, I offer occasional seasonal discounts. Follow my blog,Mastodon, or Twitter to be notified of these.

Can I get an invoice?

Gumroad will send you a receipt with a "generate" button to turn it into an invoice, so you can make your employer pay!

Can I purchase with an alternative method (e.g. direct bank transfer)?

Due to accounting limitations, I'm only able to sell my product on Gumroad. If it doesn't work for you please try emailing Gumroad support ( and CC'ing me.


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“Used my employer training budget for both of Adam's books, and they are one of the best purchases of my technical books. If you write Django, buy them and thank me later. Reasons for my confidence:
- tooling and best practices are hard skills that you can only know how good they are when you know them and use them daily. It saves you hours of unnecessary work, and makes life much easier.
- I had the "wow, wish I had known this!" moments almost while reading every page of the book ”
Xuan on Goodreads

“I've spent years building Django projects for my clients and I started coaching new developers in Django skills in 2021. This book contains a lot of Adam's hard-won practical tips that would have saved my clients a lot of money. From setting up your environments properly, to code quality tooling, to writing your own flake8 plugins, new Django devs will ramp up much faster, and experienced developers will learn some great stuff too!”
John Sandall on LinkedIn

“It's gold - enjoying the book a lot! Gold nuggets everywhere.”
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—Evgeni Sautin on Goodreads

“Looking through the Boost Your Django DX table of contents. A lot of good stuff in there...
Before I know it, I'm already on page 58, with some ideas for new approaches and productivity boosts. Great read! 🐍”
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“It helps sometimes to see the same information presented in a new way and that's why I recommend the book for anyone working with Django”
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“Picked up @AdamChainz new book "Boost your Django DX" this weekend. Been using Django since pre-1.0 and like everything there's always something to learn.”
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