Django, as you already know is a robust python development framework well suited to develop web based applications. Django has been around for nearly 13 years (the first release was in 2005) and over the course of time, Django has evolved itself into one of the most reliable and secure frameworks for Python based development. You might be reading this article because you are on look out for a tech developer for your startup project. And you might have zeroed in on Python/Django as your choice of language & framework. Well, there might be a hundred reasons that lead you to choose Django. In a pool of web development frameworks like Rails (for Ruby), Flask (for Python), Laravel(for PHP), Django has a unique space of its own.
Let’s come to the point. Our topic of discussion is how to hire a Django developer for your project!
Django developers are available for hire any day anywhere. The key is to find the right one! A developer who is really knowledgeable, who writes clean & robust code, who is passionate & time bound with excellent communication skills. If you’ve a tech background, you’re halfway there and can assess the guy with some right questions & discussion sessions. You’d be challenged if you are not that technically sound and you don’t have anyone technical(in your team or as a co-founder) to assist in hiring the django developer. But don’t worry! there’s a way around for any challenges in this world. We believe every challenge can be overcome with the right mindset & right actions.
We’ve developed this article as a universal guide for anyone(be it a techie or non techie) looking to hire a Django Developer. So here begins our checklist.
#1 Check the Portfolio
A well populated & dynamic portfolio is the key asset of any Software/App development company or a freelancing developer. You may request for the full portfolio that is relevant to your requirement. Any good development company or a freelancer who really cares about their client would maintain an updated portfolio – which is easily accessible and easy to understand. If the company/developer is presenting you with a dull portfolio or showing you works that are not relevant to your requirement, you may move them from your shortlist.
- Django – check and assess all the Django projects in the portfolio
- Relevancy – identify a couple of projects that are related to your requirement in some way
- Interview – during interview ask & find what are the challenges they faced with some key projects and how did they overcome those challenges
- Live Apps – Ask and see live versions of the projects in their portfolio. Compare the live version and portfolio descriptions to see how well they go together.
#2 Case Studies
If you’re hiring a company or agency for your Django development, check for case studies in their website. You can also ask for case studies in private discussion (as projects with NDA wont be listed publicly on websites). The idea here is that almost all good companies would maintain case studies for their projects. They would detail on the requirements, challenges faced, tech stack used & current status of the project. Going through a few case studies would give you a good idea of the companies capabilities and approach to a particular project. Freelancers on the other hand don’t usually maintain case studies (but there are exceptions). Assessing case studies is a good & effective method to filter your developer choices.
- Assess Django case studies specifically.
#3 Check the Git Profile & StackOverflow Profile
The third & highly effective way to assess a developer (be it a company or a freelancer) is to check their Github profile & Stackoverflow profile. Check the number of repositories they maintain in Github, the number of commits they have, number of pull requests etc. These metrics are a good indicator of how good they are in tech side. Also check Stackoverflow profile (if you’re looking for development companies, ask for Stackoverflow profile of their lead developers in Django) of the people you’re considering. Check how many points & good reviews they have on the website.
- Check Django based contributions specifically on both platforms (Git & Stack)
#4 Tech Capabilities other than Django
Though I am listing this as fourth point (in my order), I believe this should be a very important factor in your decision making. Gone are the days when development was more backend and minimal front end. Nowadays a lot of things happen on front end and backend is more about building a solid structure. The interactions & user experience happen at the front end. And the code for the same (interactions/user experience) is built on front end using technologies like React Js, Angular Js, Boostrap framework (HTML/CSS) etc. It is very important that the Django developer you hire have a solid ideas of these front end technologies as well. Even if you’re using a separate front end developer, it is very important that your Django developer has solid front end skills. In addition, the company or freelancer you’re hiring should be well versed on server side capabilities & deployment. You should assess how good they are with AWS, Heroku or whatever is your cloud server choice.
- You can assess these additional skills from their portfolio and also through a direct interview.
- You can check Git/Stack profiles to assess other techs you want (for ex: capability in React Js)
- Company/Agency – if you’re choosing a company/agency you are good to go because companies usually have separate teams specializing on front end & server side.
#5 Ask for References
The final decision maker is references from persons you trust (or you already know). References are a good & human oriented way to filter out developers or development companies. The key here is to find someone you already know in your network who can give a comment about the development company/freelancer. There are a number of ways to do this. The easiest method is to dig Linkedin to identify a mutual professional connection. If you can find some connections, ask for references.