Django vs. Java

25 October 2008   1 comment   Django

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From the django-users mailinglist which I'm becoming more and more helpful in:

> Could you share approximately how big your project is? I know it's
> hard to find a real measure for this, but how about number of database
> tables?

A project I worked on over the summer used a Database that was 130
tables, and getting 1gb updates every 2 minutes. I was witting a new
web app to do calculations on the data and the company wanted to use
Java since thats what they knew best and had spend huge amounts of
money (1 mil +) to support with Sun Servers, and such. But I knew
python and django would be a better fit for this particular app, but
the boss wouldnt listen. So we had 10 Developers working on the Java
version (Including me) and over 3 months we got it about 85% done,
though it had no unit tests. During the same three months, I worked on
my own time after work and basically had no life for the whole time, I
was able to get the web app 100% complete with unit tests. That
convinced my boss that Django was a good fit.

The site is an internal app that I cannot give access to (And I
actually had to get permission to give what info I have), but I can
say that Django is a suitable framework for what you are looking for. 

Christ! 10 developers and no unit test!? Someone should remind them that you don't write unit tests for your bosses pleasure but for your own sanity and productivity.

I know that this quote is totally unscientific since Dj, as he says, can't back it up but it's a story interesting enough.


João Marcus
Tell your boss you're taking more time developing the application because of unit tests and then he'll probably bitch and complain that unit tests are a waste of time because "automated testing is impossible" and urge you to just do your job.

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