Tweetme | Build a Twitter-like app step by step with Django
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Tweetme | Build a Twitter-like app step by step with Django

Learn Django 1.10, jQuery, and Bootstrap step by step by building a real project that works like Twitter!
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Created by Justin Mitchel
Last updated 12/2016
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  • 10.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Build a real service like
  • A deeper understanding of Django
  • Build projects that rely on an API using the Django Rest Framework
  • Working with AJAX and jQuery
  • Auto-generate hashtags and hashtag filter (#yourtag)
  • Build projects using Django 1.10
  • Integrate Bootstrap ( as a front end framework
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  • Try Django 1.8 & Up (our courses)
  • 30 Days of Python (not required but highly recommended)

Social media has changed the way we communicate with each other. The power behind social media allows us to do amazing things together. What exactly is behind it? Well.. it's Simple Web Application concepts that can be applied to ALL and ANY web applications that you may build.

In this course we're going to teach you what's behind how Twitter works. Now, Twitter has hundreds of developers so what we're actually building is the basis of what Twitter once was, the absolute most simple things by learning more Django along the way. 

What are we going to learn:

  • Ajax + jQuery to "Tweet" messages
  • Tag users directly (@user)
  • Use Hashtags (#newtag)
  • Integrate Bootstrap
  • Using an Ajax form within a Bootstrap Modal
  • Django Rest Framework
  • Follow users (via Ajax)
  • Like posts (via Ajax)
  • Retweet posts (via Ajax)
  • Class Based Views
  • Custom Template Tags
  • Counting characters in a form
  • Basic Registration
  • And much more!

We do everything step-by-step so even if you're an absolute beginner, you can follow along. Cheers!

Who is the target audience?
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Python programmers (new ones included)
  • Django developers
  • Anyone looking to build a real project
  • Motivated would-be developers
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Curriculum For This Course
77 Lectures
Introduction & Get Started
4 Lectures 18:25

Welcome to tweetme!

Preview 03:55

A preview of what we're going to build.

Preview 05:01

Requirements of the project.

Preview 04:02

How to use github as your course reference.

Using github
Django Starting & Setup
5 Lectures 39:18

Setup a new Django project.

Preview 09:33

Set up settings files for different environments.

Django Settings

Serve Static Files in Django 

Django & Serving Static Files

Start your first view and template.

View Function & templates

Integrate Bootstrap

Integrate Bootstrap
Tweet App
67 Lectures 09:32:42

Create your first django app to handle tweets.

Build a Tweet App

How to handle changing fields in models.

Changing Fields in Models

Associate a user to a Tweet with Foreign Keys

Associating a User to a Tweet with Foreign Keys

Understand the concept of CRUD

CRUD & Your First Views

Query the database context

Querying the Database & Context

Django Template context basics.

Template Context Basics

Understand the concept behind Class Based Views 

Class Based Views

Learn how URL routing works.

Dynamic URL Routing

Learn how Model Form works.

Model Form

Learn how to do validation within models.


Learn how work with Django generic views

Create View

Using Mixins in Views.

User Needed & Login Required Mixins

Learn how work with Django generic views

Update View

Learn how work with Django generic views

Delete View

Learn how to make urls shorter

Reverse URLs

Advancing the search feature.

Advanced Searching

Learn about template inheritance. 

Template inheritance

Integrate bootstrap media objects.

Bootstrap Media Object for List View

Create a bootstrap Navbar.

Bootstrap Navbar

Use bootstrap containers to create columns.

Bootstrap Containers & Columns

Do tweets from your homepage

Tweet from Hompage

Integrate Django Crispy Forms

Django Crispy Forms

Create Django Tests to ensure content works.

Django Tests

Build your internal API with Django Rest Framework

API with Django Rest Framework

Create your API Serializer VIew

API Serializer & View

Add a User Serializer

User Display Serializer

Add in your Ajax List View

Ajax List View

Create jQuery Search

jQuery Search

jQuery & Forms

jQuery the Form

Using Ajax and Django Rest Framework

Ajax & Create API View

Create a date display!

Date Display

Attach tweets and clear out the form.

Attach Tweet & Empty Form

Counting characters in the tweet form.

Counting Characters

Automatically do a search in your navbar.

Auto Search

Doing pagination and ajax to load more posts dynamically.

Pagination & Ajax Load More

Create a user detail view.

User Detail View

Build your profile URL and create an API update.

Profile URL and API Update

Display User Profile Followers

User Profile & Followers

Create model managers for following toggle/users

Model Manager for Following

Create model managers for following toggle/users

Toggle Follow

Create model managers for following toggle/users

Model Manager for Follow Toggle

Build Django signals


Test Django signals

Signal Tests

Display following tweets 

Display Following Tweets

Parse Hashtags using jQuery

jQuery Hashtag Parsing

Create an app to monitor hashtags

Hashtags App

Do retweets!

Retweet Part 1

Do rewteets!

Retweet Part 2

Do rewteets!

Retweet Part 3

Do rewteets!

Retweet Part 4 with jQuery

Learn some Python regular expressions to parse username and hashtag data from tweet.

Parse Username & Hashtag with Python Regex

Create a custom Django Signal

Custom Django Signal

Create a way to load tweet list anywhere/everywhere. 

Tweet List Loading Everywhere

Create a User Tweets API Endpoint. 

User Tweets API Endpoint

Create a like button for tweets.

Like Tweet

Display Likes & Verb

Display Likes & Verb

jQuery attach a Tweet & Refactor

jQuery Attach Tweet Refactor

Display Reply Tweets & Fix Likes

Display Reply Tweet & Fix Likes

Create a form in Bootstrap Modal

A Form in a Bootstrap Modal

Create the reply

Do the Reply

Add a single detail view

Single Detail Tweet

Update single detail view reply

Single Detail View Replies

Search tweets and users

Search Tweets & Users

Create a view for all hashtags. 

Hashtag Tweet List

Recommend Users and learn about custom template tags.

Recommended Users & Custom Template Tags

Do your registration and auth.

Registration & Auth

Final project clean up!

Clean Up Project
Thank you & Next Steps
1 Lecture 01:44

Thank you and next steps!

Thank you & next steps
About the Instructor
Justin Mitchel
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268,071 Students
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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