Django 1.4

Created by Tom Kingston on Thu 23rd Aug 2012

Here at The iPlatform we not only want our clients to know about the amazing applications we build, but also the software we use to build them. This blog aims to give insight to both the tech savvy, and those just wanting to try and make sense of it!

The developers at The iPlatform use Python, a high level programming language to build our applications. In order to create the most efficient applications possible, they use Django, a web application framework that aims to ease the development of database-driven apps and websites and help build apps of a high quality, quickly, using less code.

The iPlatform uses the latest version of Django: Django 1.4 to deliver all projects. Released in March 2012, it features a wide range of additions to the already highly regarded Django framework. Django's excellent internationalisation features have been upgraded, with additional tools to add languages and locales to URLs. This is really useful for providing bespoke content to users in different countries and works particularly well with The iPlatform's in-house tools for multilingual apps. We have created many global applications for clients including Diageo, Hewlett Packard and Swatch (which was in 14 different languages and sat on 20 different platforms), so having these tools is key.

The security improvements available with Django 1.4 help us offer even better protection for sensitive data and include the following: improved password hashing, new tools for cryptographic signing (digital signatures that confirms authenticity of a digital message or document), several CSRF (Cross-site Request Forgery) improvements, and simple clickjacking protection, which means that the user is less vulnerable to accidentally and unknowingly revealing confidential information. Especially useful when you are building an application for a loans company!

By taking advantage of these latest features, The iPlatform continue as leaders in web development, providing highly secure and efficient applications that conform to coding best practice.

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