Kickstarter alpha has been updated

I've just released a big update to the Kickstarter alpha PDF that was sent to all backers. A lot of changes have been made, including:

  • The Heroku chapter has been completely rewritten. Instead of recommending django-toolbelt, I went ahead and build my own package containing the exact things we want for deployment on Heroku ( I've also updated all the steps to make them simpler and easier to understand.
  • Design-wise, all of the fonts have been updated. New chapter title design. The entire book aligns to a baseline grid, which should (invisibly) make it look more cohesive.
  • All screenshots have been updated, as well as being print resolution now.
  • Added a few more suggestions in both the "What to do if your app is broken" and "Moving forward" chapters.
  • New subtitle on the cover. Trying to be more marketing-y. Would love your thoughts if you have an alternate suggestion.
  • More typos and small errors squashed.

If you're a backer, check out your email or go to the Updates tab of the Kickstarter page ( to check out the new PDF!

eBook files will be released hopefully this week as well — I'm creating them using Leanpub, and I have nothing but good things to say regarding that platform.

Additionally, I've created a Hello Web App discussion forum, for any questions or commentary about the book:

Final stretch!