Jacob Kaplan-Moss

Jacob Kaplan-Moss is one of the lead developers and co-creator of Django. As an experienced software developer with a focus on web application and content management architecture. In 2005 Jacob joined the Lawrence Journal-World, a locally-owned newspaper in Lawrence, Kansas, and helped develop and eventually open source Django. Jacob joined Revolution Systems in 2009.

Career Highlights

  • Co-author of The Definitive Guide to Django (Apress, 2007).
  • Founder and former President of the Django Software Foundation.
  • Frequent speaker at Open Source events and conferences including OSCON(2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010), PyCon (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010), (2009), and quite a few others. See a full list of Jacob's talks on Lanyrd.
  • Developer on websites for the Lawrence Journal-World that have won multiple awards including an AP Managing Editors award for online convergence, 9 Newspaper Association of America Digital Edge awards, 3 Editor & Publisherawards, and numerous Kansas Press Association awards.
  • Led development on Ellington, a ground-breaking content-management system for media sites. Sites developed using Ellington consistently are among the best news sites: in 2007, 7 out of the 9 Digital Edge award categories were won by Ellington-powered sites, and in 2008 Ellington-powered sites won in 4 out of that year's 6 categories.
  • Over a decade of experience as a web, open source, and Python developer.
  • Jacob currently is serving a term at 18F, where he served as Engineering Security Lead, and is now Engineering Supervisor. 

Jacob's Recent Posts

Grove isn't dead, it's only resting

Grove isn't dead, it's only resting. We've acquired Grove!

Jacob's Latest Talks

Assets in Django without losing your hair

Given at PyCon US 2019 on May 4, 2019

There's one part of building a Django app I hate: setting up handling of assets and media. There are so many moving pieces — static assets, asset compilation and compression, file uploads, storage engines, etc. etc. I can never remember how it all fits together. I wrote this talk for one very selfi…

Snakes on the Web

Given at PyCon Argentina and PyCon Brazil on September 4, 2009

Web development sucks. It’s true: web development, at its worst, is difficult, repetitive, and boring. The tools we have suck. At best, they make web development slightly less painful, but we’re a long way from making web development awesome. The history of web development tools is a history …

Jacob on the Web

Fortune features Jacob Kaplan-Moss about his work with 18F in Uncle Sam Tries to Hire Hackers.

October 21, 2017