Buildout is an awesome build management tool for Python projects, managing dependencies and featuring rich recipes for accomplishing advanced tasks. The main problem seems to be that documentation is lacking and/or terrible. Plus, project setup is painstaking and difficult to get right. Since I have years of experience in Maven, where creating a buildable project takes (literally) seconds to accomplish, this initially made Buildout too much of a hurdle. However, that’s now changed, as I’ve recently released version 0.1.0 of buildout-starter, an installable Python script to make creating Python and Django projects with Buildout a snap.