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A step-by-step guide on how to quickly prototype and showcase your Django apps with a free-tier Heroku package

I don’t really consider myself a developer, but a mere enthusiast. I found Django earlier in 2020 and used it in a couple of prototype projects that never saw the light of day. I saw the potential of a front-end/back-end combo I loved the possibility of moving past vanillaJS/React+Netlify pages that I was creating. I lacked backend, database and more versatility and Django provided.

I found it very non-trivial to deploy to Heroku and I didn’t find any good step-by-step beginners tutorials and spent multiple hours debugging errors and trying to make up my mind on Stack overflow.


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A fully-fledged disclaimer at the beginning: I’m not an expert and I don’t know enough about lucid dreams and other fancy terms, research, and studies conducted — this is a mere story of what works for me when I stumble upon a problem I can not solve immediately.

I figured out that whenever I needed to do a piece of work, a presentation, public speaking, more than 2 pages of text or whatnot, I would get the best results if I did it on the fly, e.g. …

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Over the past 10 years, I’ve built my career around Project and Product Management. I was always the technical one, the one someone would turn to if they experienced problems with their computer, if they needed help with an Excel formula or parsing data. The go-to guy to solve your problems “at a glance”.

I always struggled to realize why these seemingly normal tasks would prove so hard for the majority of people and I believe the problem lies in them being illiterate in the most important language in the world. No, that is not English, or Chinese for that…

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I believe that everybody should get a mentor. If you don’t have one, go get them. They will help you grow and see problems in ways you cannot imagine, they will offer solutions or opinions that will shape your vision of the problem you are facing.

Apart from the teachers, people seem to struggle to find knowledgeable peers or people to shoot their ideas at, after they end their educational period. Life happens, days get busy, and then we just let go.

Whenever I had bigger aspirations than superseded my current experiences, or I was facing problems I didn’t know…

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A “true story” about how Project Managers should get used to refactoring. It will never stop as that is the natural flow of the product’s lifecycle. And team maturity.

A prologue

I was always into photography and passion lasts about a decade now, I had reached a million captured photos 2 years ago, countless selfies, burst shots, and captured moments. Somewhere along the way, I would skip classes in college to attend meetings with my photography mentor Brane, after that, I would become a president and mentor to a group of 50+ enthusiasts in a local photo-club, be a wedding photographer and work in spherical, 360-degrees camera startup.

The seed

I had an idea for a couple of years now. An idea to capture timelapse from my favorite hill. To capture thousands of…

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A DISCLAIMER: I support equal terms and equal treatment for all genders when it comes to employment opportunities. I also fully recognize discrepancies that exist and work as hard as I can to live to the famous Gandhi’s “Be the change you want to see in the world” quote and do what is right.
I also happen to possess the millennial mindset to believe that great employers should always see the value an applicant brings to the table and thread with that only, regardless of other factors and refuse to believe, work, and bring value for those, who don’t.

A prologue: Male-only teams just don’t cut it for me anymore — not interested!


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and if you are not taking care and consideration of both group’s needs, you are seriously missing out. Focus on the often-forgotten internal users equally as they usually contribute more towards the project’s success than they are merited for.

A prologue

As Product owners or Chief strategists, we are constantly under scrutiny whether our apps and products (especially in software dev) have an appropriate reach, ROI, returning customers, and other factors that, combined, lead into portfolio growth, better market position and (hopefully), bigger profits towards the end of the year. We constantly turn to the market for answers and inspiration that result in product-market fit (I read somewhere that mobile game has to earn it’s worth in first three days since the release, everything else is extra/not planned. Unconfirmed (can’t find the link), but nonetheless fascinating).

Customers (the obvious ones)

As every company strives towards…

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In my 10-year career of being responsible for a product in one way or another, I gained a fair share of experience of what to expect when leading development teams, them being either HW or SW oriented, projects varying in size from 2 to 25 developers with millions of lines of code (heck, once I juggled between four teams from The Netherlands, Italy and the Czech Republic building three products at the same time, but that is a story for another day).

Nevertheless, one is always learning, and here are some key insights that I got while I got re-excited…

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Okay, storytime. In the second half of 2018, I joined a fast-paced project, overtook heavy load, and got it going sprinting for a good two years before the engine broke down. Before I broke down. Seriously ill from the project and life, both physically and mentally, I stayed long enough for a correct duty handover and then moved on as the signs of tear and wear on my body were just starting to appear.

The grand plan was that, within the next few months, I rest my body and soul, only to return stronger, conquering yet another peak after reaching…

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I have a feeling that the definition of Product is lately getting lost by blurring the lines between departments and making up roles such as Product-Marketeer, Product-Growth, and Product-Designer.

Maybe it’s just me, maybe I’m just getting old (32 is coming, ha) but it seems that the trend of combining roles, at least in the startup world, had finally arrived in Europe as well. …

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