"As previously mentioned, this book has something for everyone,
even if you aren't familiar with Python. I say "everyone" in the
context some people who have some coding experience and frankly, I
wouldn't recommend this book as your first experience with Python
if you hope to really learn the language. As author Wesley Chun can
attest, entire books have been written on Python, so please don't
assume that a single chapter will tell you all you'll need to know.
That said, it should teach the experienced programmer what they'll
need to know as far as a foundation for working with Django. I do
recommend picking up a Python tome of some sort to strengthen that
foundation, however. The 56 pages comprising Chapter 1 are just
enough to whet the appetite.
"Chapter 2 is aptly named, "Django for the Impatient: Building a
Blog". Most people learning a new technology, myself included, want
to get at it right away. Few things are more frustrating than
picking up a book expecting to learn to actually do something, and
then discovering you have to wade through 200 to 300 pages of
concept and theory before you learn to even say "Hello World!". In
fact, this chapter almost literally has the reader "hitting the
ground running" by putting him or her on a "deadline" to see how
fast they can build a simple blog using Django. You've only got 19
pages, so you'd better hurry."