djangofrdoc / internals / committers.txt

Django committers

The original team

Django originally started at World Online, the Web department of the `Lawrence
Journal-World`_ of Lawrence, Kansas, USA.

`Adrian Holovaty`_
    Adrian is a Web developer with a background in journalism. He's known in
    journalism circles as one of the pioneers of "journalism via computer
    programming", and in technical circles as "the guy who invented Django."

    He was lead developer at World Online for 2.5 years, during which time
    Django was developed and implemented on World Online's sites. He's now the
    leader and founder of EveryBlock_, a "news feed for your block".

    Adrian lives in Chicago, USA.

`Simon Willison`_
    Simon is a well-respected Web developer from England. He had a one-year
    internship at World Online, during which time he and Adrian developed Django
    from scratch. The most enthusiastic Brit you'll ever meet, he's passionate
    about best practices in Web development and maintains a well-read
    `web-development blog`_.

    Simon lives in Brighton, England.

`Jacob Kaplan-Moss`_
    Jacob is a partner at `Revolution Systems`_ which provides support services
    around Django and related open source technologies. A good deal of Jacob's
    work time is devoted to working on Django. Jacob previously worked at World
    Online, where Django was invented, where he was the lead developer of
    Ellington, a commercial Web publishing platform for media companies.

    Jacob lives in Lawrence, Kansas, USA.

`Wilson Miner`_
    Wilson's design-fu is what makes Django look so nice. He designed the
    Web site you're looking at right now, as well as Django's acclaimed admin
    interface. Wilson is the designer for EveryBlock_.

    Wilson lives in San Francisco, USA.

.. _lawrence journal-world:
.. _adrian holovaty:
.. _everyblock:
.. _simon willison:
.. _web-development blog: `simon willison`_
.. _jacob kaplan-moss:
.. _revolution systems:
.. _wilson miner:

Current developers

Currently, Django is led by a team of volunteers from around the globe.


Adrian and Jacob are the Co-`Benevolent Dictators for Life`_ of Django. When
"rough consensus and working code" fails, they're the ones who make the tough

.. _Benevolent Dictators for Life:

Core developers

These are the folks who have a long history of contributions, a solid track
record of being helpful on the mailing lists, and a proven desire to dedicate
serious time to Django. In return, they've been granted the coveted commit bit,
and have free rein to hack on all parts of Django.

`Malcolm Tredinnick`_
    Malcolm originally wanted to be a mathematician, somehow ended up a software
    developer. He's contributed to many Open Source projects, has served on the
    board of the GNOME foundation, and will kick your ass at chess.

    When he's not busy being an International Man of Mystery, Malcolm lives in
    Sydney, Australia.

.. _malcolm tredinnick:

`Russell Keith-Magee`_
    Russell studied physics as an undergraduate, and studied neural networks for
    his PhD. His first job was with a startup in the defense industry developing
    simulation frameworks. Over time, mostly through work with Django, he's
    become more involved in Web development.

    Russell has helped with several major aspects of Django, including a
    couple major internal refactorings, creation of the test system, and more.

    Russell lives in the most isolated capital city in the world — Perth,

.. _russell keith-magee:

Joseph Kocherhans
    Joseph is currently a developer at EveryBlock_, and previously worked for
    the Lawrence Journal-World where he built most of the backend for their
    Marketplace site. He often disappears for several days into the woods,
    attempts to teach himself computational linguistics, and annoys his
    neighbors with his Charango_ playing.

    Joseph's first contribution to Django was a series of improvements to the
    authorization system leading up to support for pluggable authorization.
    Since then, he's worked on the new forms system, its use in the admin, and
    many other smaller improvements.

    Joseph lives in Chicago, USA.

.. _charango:

`Luke Plant`_
    At University Luke studied physics and Materials Science and also
    met `Michael Meeks`_ who introduced him to Linux and Open Source,
    re-igniting an interest in programming.  Since then he has
    contributed to a number of Open Source projects and worked
    professionally as a developer.

    Luke has contributed many excellent improvements to Django,
    including database-level improvements, the CSRF middleware and
    many unit tests.

    Luke currently works for a church in Bradford, UK, and part-time
    as a freelance developer.

.. _luke plant:
.. _michael meeks:

`Brian Rosner`_
    Brian is currently the tech lead at Eldarion_ managing and developing
    Django / Pinax_ based Web sites. He enjoys learning more about programming
    languages and system architectures and contributing to open source
    projects. Brian is the host of the `Django Dose`_ podcasts.

    Brian helped immensely in getting Django's "newforms-admin" branch finished
    in time for Django 1.0; he's now a full committer, continuing to improve on
    the admin and forms system.

    Brian lives in Denver, Colorado, USA.

.. _brian rosner:
.. _eldarion:
.. _django dose:

`Gary Wilson`_
    Gary starting contributing patches to Django in 2006 while developing Web
    applications for `The University of Texas`_ (UT).  Since, he has made
    contributions to the email and forms systems, as well as many other
    improvements and code cleanups throughout the code base.

    Gary is currently a developer and software engineering graduate student at
    UT, where his dedication to spreading the ways of Python and Django never

    Gary lives in Austin, Texas, USA.

.. _Gary Wilson:
.. _The University of Texas:

Justin Bronn
    Justin Bronn is a computer scientist and attorney specializing
    in legal topics related to intellectual property and spatial law.

    In 2007, Justin began developing ``django.contrib.gis`` in a branch,
    a.k.a. GeoDjango_, which was merged in time for Django 1.0.  While
    implementing GeoDjango, Justin obtained a deep knowledge of Django's
    internals including the ORM, the admin, and Oracle support.

    Justin lives in Houston, Texas.

.. _GeoDjango:

Karen Tracey
    Karen has a background in distributed operating systems (graduate school),
    communications software (industry) and crossword puzzle construction
    (freelance).  The last of these brought her to Django, in late 2006, when
    she set out to put a Web front-end on her crossword puzzle database.
    That done, she stuck around in the community answering questions, debugging
    problems, etc. -- because coding puzzles are as much fun as word puzzles.

    Karen lives in Apex, NC, USA.

`Jannis Leidel`_
    Jannis graduated in media design from `Bauhaus-University Weimar`_,
    is the author of a number of pluggable Django apps and likes to
    contribute to Open Source projects like Pinax_. He currently works as
    a freelance Web developer and designer.

    Jannis lives in Berlin, Germany.

.. _Jannis Leidel:
.. _Bauhaus-University Weimar:
.. _pinax:

`James Tauber`_
    James is the lead developer of Pinax_ and the CEO and founder of
    Eldarion_. He has been doing open source software since 1993, Python
    since 1998 and Django since 2006. He serves on the board of the Python
    Software Foundation and is currently on a leave of absence from a PhD in

    James currently lives in Boston, MA, USA but originally hails from
    Perth, Western Australia where he attended the same high school as
    Russell Keith-Magee.

.. _James Tauber:

`Alex Gaynor`_
    Alex is a student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and is also an
    independent contractor.  He found Django in 2007 and has been addicted ever
    since he found out you don't need to write out your forms by hand.  He has
    a small obsession with compilers.  He's contributed to the ORM, forms,
    admin, and other components of Django.

    Alex lives in Chicago, IL, but spends most of his time in Troy, NY.

.. _Alex Gaynor:

`Andrew Godwin`_
    Andrew is a freelance Python developer and tinkerer, and has been
    developing against Django since 2007. He graduated from Oxford University
    with a degree in Computer Science, and has become most well known
    in the Django community for his work on South, the schema migrations

    Andrew lives in London, UK.

.. _Andrew Godwin:

`Carl Meyer`_
    Carl has been working with Django since 2007 (long enough to remember
    queryset-refactor, but not magic-removal), and works as a freelance
    developer with OddBird_ and Eldarion_. He became a Django contributor by
    accident, because fixing bugs is more interesting than working around

    Carl lives in Elkhart, IN, USA.

.. _Carl Meyer:
.. _OddBird:

Ramiro Morales
    Ramiro has been reading Django source code and submitting patches since
    mid-2006 after researching for a Python Web tool with matching awesomeness
    and being pointed to it by an old ninja.

    A software developer in the electronic transactions industry, he is a
    living proof of the fact that anyone with enough enthusiasm can contribute
    to Django, learning a lot and having fun in the process.

    Ramiro lives in Córdoba, Argentina.

`Chris Beaven`_
    Chris has been submitting patches and suggesting crazy ideas for Django
    since early 2006. An advocate for community involvement and a long-term
    triager, he is still often found answering questions in the #django IRC

    Chris lives in Napier, New Zealand (adding to the pool of Oceanic core
    developers). He works remotely as a developer for `Lincoln Loop`_.

.. _Chris Beaven:
.. _Lincoln Loop:

Honza Král
    Honza first discovered Django in 2006 and started using it right away,
    first for school and personal projects and later in his full time job. He
    contributed various patches and fixes mostly to the newforms library,
    newforms admin and, through participation in the Google Summer of Code
    project, assisted in creating the :ref:`model validation
    <validating-objects>` functionality.

    He is currently working for `Whiskey Media`_ in San Francisco developing
    awesome sites running on pure Django.

.. _Whiskey Media:

`Idan Gazit`_
    As a self-professed design geek, Idan was initially attracted to Django
    sometime between magic-removal and queryset-refactor. Formally trained
    as a software engineer, Idan straddles the worlds of design and code,
    jack of two trades and master of none. He is passionate about usability
    and finding novel ways to extract meaning from data, and is a longtime

    Idan previously accepted freelance work under the Pixane_ imprint, but
    now splits his days between his startup, Skills_, and beautifying all
    things Django and Python.

.. _Idan Gazit:
.. _photographer:
.. _Pixane:
.. _Skills:


`James Bennett`_
    James is Django's release manager; he also contributes to the documentation.

    James came to Web development from philosophy when he discovered
    that programmers get to argue just as much while collecting much
    better pay. He lives in Lawrence, Kansas, where he works for the
    Journal-World developing Ellington. He `keeps a blog`_, has
    written a `book on Django`_, and enjoys fine port and talking to
    his car.

.. _james bennett:
.. _keeps a blog: `james bennett`_
.. _book on Django:

Ian Kelly
    Ian is responsible for Django's support for Oracle.

Matt Boersma
    Matt is also responsible for Django's Oracle support.

Jeremy Dunck
    Jeremy is the lead developer of Pegasus News, a personalized local site based
    in Dallas, Texas. An early contributor to Greasemonkey and Django, he sees
    technology as a tool for communication and access to knowledge.

    Jeremy helped kick off GeoDjango development, and is mostly responsible for
    the serious speed improvements that signals received in Django 1.0.

    Jeremy lives in Dallas, Texas, USA.

`Simon Meers`_
    Simon discovered Django 0.96 during his Computer Science PhD research and
    has been developing with it full-time ever since. His core code
    contributions are mostly in Django's admin application. He is also helping
    to improve Django's documentation.

    Simon works as a freelance developer based in Wollongong, Australia.

.. _simon meers:

`Gabriel Hurley`_
    Gabriel has been working with Django since 2008, shortly after the 1.0
    release. Convinced by his business partner that Python and Django were the
    right direction for the company, he couldn't have been more happy with the
    decision. His contributions range across many areas in Django, but years of
    copy-editing and an eye for detail lead him to be particularly at home
    while working on Django's documentation.

    Gabriel works as a web developer in Berkeley, CA, USA.

.. _gabriel hurley:

Tim Graham
    When exploring Web frameworks for an independent study project in the fall
    of 2008, Tim discovered Django and was lured to it by the documentation.
    He enjoys contributing to the docs because they're awesome.

    Tim works as a software engineer and lives in Philadelphia, PA, USA.

Developers Emeritus

Georg "Hugo" Bauer
    Georg created Django's internationalization system, managed i18n
    contributions and made a ton of excellent tweaks, feature additions and bug

Robert Wittams
    Robert was responsible for the *first* refactoring of Django's admin
    application to allow for easier reuse and has made a ton of
    excellent tweaks, feature additions and bug fixes.