No love for the Snake?

I’ll admit I’m a bit obsessed with good podcasts (and I’ve always loved video tutorials, so therefor screencasts are a godsend). I probably look for new podcasts to subscribe to every week. Not that I listen to them all the time (some I add and listen to once before discarding), and frankly some just annoy me in their “hey, let’s make this sound like talk radio with all the annoying sound effects and interstitials” approach, but still… when I find a good one, I’m all over that thing like the press corps on an “outted homosexual republican.”: Example: the “Maniacal Rage Podcast”: (neé Garrett Murray Podcast)… I listen to the show perhaps a bit too much. And I’m always showing off “Dinner With The Band”: to friends that come by my house.

So why on earth can I not find a “Django-related”: pod-or-screencast (preferably the latter, but hey I’ll take what I can get)? There have to be a bajillion PHP and RoR(Ruby on Rails) pod and screencasts out there, but I can’t seem to even find anything even remotely Python-related (not that I want a hardcore Python coding talkshow… but it would be a step in the right direction). Django seems ripe to be picked by some podcaster, but no one seems to have jumped on it.

h4. Why do you care?

I care because I’m currently teaching myself how to build apps in Django, and I can only read so much text before I want to die a thousand deaths of fiery DOOM. I’m visual, and at very least I’m more auditory than I am a straight-up textual learner. I’ve watched about every Django “screencast” (which sadly has been misappropriated by people to label any video tutorial they happen to do… bastards) out there–some are drastically out of date–and frankly I need something more.

h4. Okay, why don’t you do it?

Yes, I do have radio experience, audio production history and a soothing set of pipes that translate well to radio, but frankly I don’t know enough about the actual subject. I’m the person who needs not the person who provides.

So, um, yes… anyone know of any Django podcasts out there? And if not, I officially nominate “Jeff Croft”: to do it.


  1. First off…love the design of this site. Second, good idea, and thanks for the nom! It’s actually something I think like to do. Don’t think I have time for it right now, but I may conidering adding such a thing to my plate here in the relatively near future, now that I know there’s someone who’d listen!

    I’m also not a super-Django expert (I’m not really a programming expert of any type), but I do know the project pretty well, and I also know most of the key players personally, and I’m sure I could hook up some interviews. Hmm…now you’ve got me thinking. Thanks a lot! 🙂

  2. I’ve been looking at a few web development frameworks recently and django looks the most appealing, although Ruby On Rails has a much wider user-base.

    Just because you’re not quite a django expert yet doesn’t mean that you can’t create a podcast for people who are just starting out with django. In fact, it would be an advantage in some ways… The listener could follow your learning experiences each week, as you progress and your knowledge of the subject increases so does the listeners.

    I find that sometimes when talking to an expert about something that things seem to go over my head, whereas I can relate better to someone who is at a similiar (or slightly more advanced) stage to me. Sometimes ignorance is bliss 🙂

    I say, if you want to do it and you have the audio recording skills (sounds like you do) then go for it. The power users probably wont pick up a lot from it but I’m sure people like me would.

  3. That comment was directed at Gregory by the way. But a django screencast from Jeff Croft gets my vote too!

  4. @Jeff: Yeah, my main idea behind mentioning you, was your involvement with the framework from the get go (and frankly, your site has become almost a mecca of django links and tutorials/explanatory notes… at least for me). But mostly I think it’s the fact that you’re not a programmer that appeals most—you’re a designer first and that flavours your articles so as to not fly over my head.

    @Dave: Yeah, I’m considering it a little down the road (I can’t even afford to buy a domain/hosting for something like a screencast right now). Even if it doesn’t end up as a Django-cast, I’d still like to get involved in some sort of podcasting… erm… thing.

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