I gave two presentations at Confoo 2012 - below are the abstracts and slides.
Migrating from PHP to Python and Django
Many programmers cut their teeth with PHP before getting interested in Python. However, while the languages seem similar at first, there are many new concepts to grasp and a rich ecosystem of tools to master. This isn't easy, but with the right advice, a strong PHP developer can become an excellent Python developer very quickly.
Based on the experience of migrating a development team from PHP to Python and Django, this talk will examine how to tackle this journey. While the fundamental languages differences will be touched upon, this talk will focus on more interesting topics such as common python gotchas, tips for grokking Django, awesome tools and applications from the community, and how to manage such a migration for a large team of developers.
Writing a Django e-commerce framework
Django is well-suited for e-commerce, and there are currently several nascent django e-commerce frameworks in development. This talk is about the development of django-oscar, a framework designed to leverage Django's core functionality to allow domain-driven e-commerce applications to be built. This is a very powerful approach.
Writing django apps which are flexible enough to be adapted to a wide variety of scenarios is a non-trivial problem which will be explored. The talk will also cover a range of e-commerce best practices and how they can be implemented in Django.