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DataWellness Helps Organizations Stay Safe and Compliant

In this episode of Running in Production, Dave Merwin goes over building a service that helps protect those that protect us. It’s a service written in Django and it’s hosted on a single DigitalOcean server. It’s been up and running since 2016.

Dave covers using Django apps, the benefits of keeping everything hosted on 1 server and getting your app up and in front of customers as soon as possible.

Topics Include

  • 3:01 – Initially building an app for 1 B2B client and designing features based on that
  • 5:58 – Motivation for using Django and Python for this project
  • 9:26 – Building a monolith with 14 Django apps but moving towards microservices
  • 14:47 – Mostly server rendered Django templates but there are pieces done with Vue
  • 20:50 – PostgreSQL is being used as a DB and a side topic about how nice TailwindCSS is
  • 25:08 – Not using Docker and learning from the Django community when getting stuck
  • 28:50 – Everything runs on a single DigitalOcean server using Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
  • 32:30 – Using Gunicorn, nginx, Let’s Encrypt and Cloudflare
  • 39:38 – Not waiting out for the best tools and being able to evolve your tech stack
  • 41:58 – Deployment process from start to finish
  • 46:14 – DigitalOcean’s alerting tools are enabled along with Uptime Robot
  • 51:23 – Using DigitalOcean’s server snapshots for complete backups
  • 56:05 – Best tips? Try to get your app in front of your customers as soon as possible
  • 58:40 – Dave is on Twitter @davemerwin and check out their site https://purebluedesign.com/
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Aug 10, 2020

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