Python Programming: Build Matchmaking Website + Geolocator

Create a matchmaking site and a geolocator in Django/Python in this step-by-step tutorial by Coding for Entrepreneurs.
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  • Lectures 131
  • Length 20 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
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Course Description

Updated: July 27, 2015

Build a Matchmaker (updated & expanded)

Computers are great for finding common interests between people. You will learn how to build your own website that matches people based off interests and questionnaires. We'll implement a subscription model (SaaS) on this one.

This is how billion dollar sites like Match and OkCupid were built...this one is adapting the same idea to a job site, it could be the start for your own recruiting empire.

Create a Geolocator (It's Happy Hour Time)

Build a web-based app to help find local restaurant happy hours for food/drinks. We will build a geo-locating service using Foursquare's API/Data and Google Maps.

Hint: you could use the landing page created in step 1 ascertain interest in an app like that this to test whether or not this in itself could be a business.

What are the requirements?

  • Some Django Knowledge Advised
  • Finished the setup part of Coding for Entrepreneurs (or Basic)
  • Completion of MVP Landing/Try Django (Youtube)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Build a Compatibility Match Making Service
  • Build a Geolocator
  • Create a SaaS (Software as a Service)
  • Learn APIs from FourSquare
  • Google Maps API

What is the target audience?

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Django/Python Coders
  • Members of Coding for Entrepreneurs

What you get with this course?

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Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Getting Started with Coding for Entrepreneurs
01:14

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Section 2: MatchMaker 2
Welcome
Preview
01:18
Walkthrough
Preview
03:25
On Github
Preview
02:07
Start Here
Preview
01:11
Clone Project from Github
09:45
Rename Django Project
06:36
Matchmaking Questions
08:33
Foreign Key Basics
07:42
Tabular Inlines (Django Admin)
03:12
Foreign Key Basics Part 2
05:12
Question QuerySet
05:56
Question Form
11:34
Question Single
09:56
Question Importance
10:46
User Answer Model
07:33
Save User Answer
08:48
Form Validation
04:28
Display & Edit User Answer
08:54
Assign Point Values
05:09
Signals & Receiver Functions
13:41
Matching Algorithm Part 1
16:47
Matching Algorithm Part 2 - Awarding Points
04:12
Matching Algorithm Part 3 - Total Points
03:54
Geometric Mean vs Arithmetic Mean
06:52
Matching Algorithm Part 4 - Match Percentage
10:50
Matches App
07:27
Model Manager for Matches
12:19
Get Match Percentage from Algorithm
07:00
Compare Timezone to Updated Timestamp
11:11
Update Match for QuerySet
06:02
Complex Queries with Q Lookups
Preview
11:19
Matching Algorithm Final
12:09
Profile App and Image Field
09:06
Profile View
06:40
Implementing Matching Function
05:31
Instance Property for Match Percentage
02:49
Matches on Dashboard
11:10
Match Images on Dashboard
07:58
Get Absolute URL
Preview
07:09
Match Images on Dashboard Part 2
07:22
Fix New User Breaking Matching
07:12
Jobs App
07:53
Django LocalFlavor
05:25
UserJob Model
16:41
View & Add User Job
08:44
Update Jobs with Model Formset
10:29
Get Matches QuerySet Update
06:05
Job, Location, Employer Matches
04:51
Fix Migration Error
03:00
Suggestion Position, Location, Employer
13:29
Position Matches
13:45
SlugFields
07:54
Position Match View
08:23
Handle Query Exceptions
04:15
Location & Employer Match Views
07:06
User Logged In Signal
06:40
User Like
14:32
Perform Like in a View
12:11
User Likes on Dashboard
06:38
New User Dashboard
09:29
Include Template with Arguments
09:55
Improve Dashboard
09:11
Get Unanswered Questions
06:43
Unanswered Questions Part 2
04:48
Django Messages
07:02
Bootstrap Alert with Messages
06:08
Custom Signals
08:03
Test User
05:00
Profile User
06:52
Profile Data & Image
04:13
Thank you!
02:40
Section 3: The MatchMaker (aka Meet your Match)
06:51
Start virtualenv, settings files, syncdb, install PIP, South, Stripe, Django
06:34

We setup new apps here. We also add Media Root, Static Root, Static Dirs, and Template Dirs files to the local_mini.py settings file

12:12
Add User Profile account information. Also setup a view to see all active users.. 
11:25
Add the a single user profile and set up static, media, and template files to be served.
06:48
Add Django Registration
11:46
Implement Twitter Bootstrap v 3
06:17
Update Template files for the project
06:20
Improve the User Profile Template page
12:50

Edit profile

08:35

Introduction to Formsets and how you can use them in editing your profile

12:31

Add tab navigation to editing profile section

12:04

Update profile detail within your database -- ie, save the information.

07:10

Update the Navbar.

11:31

Add the Question app to start understanding users more.

12:13

Turn answers into a form with radio buttons. Save those answers.

09:27

Add pagination to questions page.

09:58

Allow users to give an importance level for each question.

15:21

Assign point values to a user's answer to questions. Add "match answer " model for creating a preferred choice.

07:48

Implement the matching function to have match % for users. Check Lecture Documentation for the code you will be "copying" into your project. A longer video is available to further explain what is going on.

19:26

More details about the matching algorithm. Video to be revised

13:20

Add a match app with a new concept: model managers.

06:56

Display suggested jobs based off of your matches.

14:25

improve job suggestions based off match percentage.

03:10

Update your template files to have better linking

11:27

Add a model to save job suggestions from matches.

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Instructor Biography

Justin Mitchel, Coding Entrepreneur & Teacher

It all started with an idea. I wanted freedom... badly. Freedom from work, freedom from boredom, and, most of all, the freedom to choose. This simple idea grew to define me; it made me become an entrepreneur.

As I strived to gain freedom, overtime I realized that with everything that you do you can either (1) convince someone, somehow, to do it with you or (2) figure out how to do it yourself.

Due to a lack of financial resources (and probably the ability to convince people to do high quality work for free), I decided to learn. Then learn some more. Then some more. My path of learning website design started a long time ago. And yes, it was out of need not desire. I believed I needed a website for a company that I started. So I learned how to do it. The company died, my skills lived on... and got better and better.

It took me a while after learning web design (html/css) to actually start learning programming (web application, storing "data", user logins, etc). I tinkered with Wordpress, believing it could be a "user" site, but I was mistaken. Sure there are/were hacks for that, but they were hacks/work-arounds and simply not-what-wordpress-was-indended-to-be. Wordpress is for blogs/content. Plain and simple.

I wanted more. I had a web application idea that I thought would change the way restaurants hire their service staff. I tested it with my basic html/css skills, had great initial results, and found a technical (programmer) cofounder as a result. He was awesome. We were featured on CNN. Things looked great.

Until... cash-flow was a no-flow. Business? I think not. More like an avid hobby. We had the idea for a business just no business. Naturally, my partner had to find a means of income so I was left with the idea on its own.

Remember how I said everything we do has 2 choices. Well I tried the convincing. Now it was time to try the learning. I opted to learn and haven't looked back since. I tried almost every language out there: PHP, Ruby on Rails, SQL, Objective C, C++, Java, Javascript. I was lost.

Then, I tried Python. I was hooked. It was so easy. So simple. So elegant.

Then, I tried Django. Even more hooked. Made from python & made for web applications. It powers Instagram & Pinterest (two of the hottest web apps right now?).

Then, I tried Bootstrap. Simple and easy front-end design (html & css) that is super easy to use, mobile-ready, and overall... incredible.

Python, Django, and Bootstrap are truly changing the way the world builds web applications. I believe it's because of the simplicity to learn, the sheer power behind them, and, most of all, the plethora of resources to aid anyone in building their web projects (from packages to tutorials to q&a sites).

I relaunched my original venture with my new found skills. That wasn't enough. It didn't compel me as it once had. I started imagining all the possibilities of all the ideas I've always wanted to implement. Now I could. Which one to start with? There were so many good ideas...

Then another idea, a new & fresh idea, started brewing. I started to believe in the power of learning these skills. What would it mean if other non-technical entrepreneurs could learn? What would it mean if ideas were executed quickly, revenue models proven, all prior to approaching the highly sought-after programmers? What would it mean if entrepreneurs became coders?

And so. Coding for Entrepreneurs was born.

Here are some bio highlights:

  • Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies in the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California
  • Bestselling instructor on Udemy
  • Funded creator on Kickstarter
  • Founder of Coding For Entrepreneurs
  • Cohost of Backer Radio

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