What do people think of Hello Web Books?
I do highly recommend this book for getting started with Django. You do need a basic foundation in Python if you are to get the most out of this book. Tracy does provide lots of very helpful tips and a free zine on command line basics (very useful). Everything here is well thought off and refined.
The fun doesn't just stop here, you can even take your knowledge further with "Hello Web Design".
I can't wait to see what's next from Tracy.
I used this book to prepare for a Django tutorial that I was supposed to deliver on a short notice at a local Python workshop for schoolteachers. It helped me get up to speed fairly quickly - and was great fun to follow along with! The online community and Tracy herself are most encouraging and provide a supportive environment for learners, especially beginners :)
I needed to see the screenshots to solidify and learn based on examples and Tracy didn't let me down. She shares a lot of insight into design which my developer brain never quite understood before. Now I feel like I know the basics and I know what's wrong with my old designs vs. just not liking them. I highly recommend this book.
I've been a huge fan of Tracy's work on other guides so have been waiting for this to come out for some time. Tracy shows an unusual level of learner empathy in this and the rest of her "Hello" guides. Easy to understand and with enough of value for tech veterans, this is my new go-to resource to share with aspiring and new web designers.