We're on the cusp of controlling every item within our house using code, the internet, and a small computer. Microcontrollers are inexpensive computers (like $35 inexpensive) that can be hacked on to create your very own web application for your local network.
This is huge. Let's not understate this in any measure. You, yes you, can write some basic code and control every electronic piece in your house? That's pretty awesome.
Now, we're still a little ways away before every electronic item is connected to the Internet but once it is, you'll be able to use what you learned here to control these items at will.
The technology we use is:
What we do in this course can likely be used with different versions of Django and to any new versions of Raspberry Pi that may come out so keep that in mind too.
Let's do this!
The required equipment for getting started in this course. Parts list: http://kirr.co/ap90q6
Bootup, Internet Connection, and get your Pi's IP Address.
Use a secure shell (SSH) on your non-pi computer to connect via network.
Do all needed updates and installation to your pi's OS.
Setup an Apache web server for Django part 1
Setup an Apache web server for Django part 2
FTP into your PI from your non-pi computer to exchange files for long-term production.
Setup static files to be served within your local testing environment.
Validation for Correct Activity on the Model
Create a view for displaying individual user activity.
Create a model manager for toggling user's activity.
Create an activity view for toggling user's current activity.
Create a login form for authentication with your user.
Do authentication and log the user in to a new session.
Create a way to verify the user's password prior to checking in or checking out.
Update action validation based on the time and time difference.
View all users' activity part 1
View all users' activity part 2
View all users' activity part 3
Learn about Decorators to handling Login Required on views.
Integrate getbootstrap.com to have a better styled app.
Wrap up for the Django Project.
Download and FTP New Django project to work on Raspberry PI
Update Permissions for accessing database (and saving items) from the Raspberry Pi.
Doing tests on our Django project and our Raspberry Pi Network Server
GPIO Packages and Django
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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.
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.
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