At the Forge - Django Views and Templates

Getting started with Django views and templates, with an eye to the Django way of working.

Django, like Rails and many other Web frameworks, uses MVC to divide the work between models, views and templates. This month, we saw how to connect a URL to a view, how to pass one or more URL parameters to a view and how to invoke a template from a view.

Next month, we will see how to integrate databases and data models into a Django application.

Reuven M. Lerner, a longtime Web/database consultant, is a PhD candidate in Learning Sciences at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He currently lives with his wife and three children in Skokie, Illinois. You can read his Weblog at



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DessertLover's picture

Good article. I am newbie to framework web development. I found django to be very picky. And this article helped me get started.
Suggestion for other newbies: Follow the article strictly for the first time. After you are successful in the first pass, make changes to suit your own needs.

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Milan Andric's picture

Great article, I like your approach, I'm a fan of your column and LJ in general.

One thing that you might want to fix is the function definitions for the views. The Python code should be indented properly otherwise it won't run. Maybe my browser or the rendering was off, but you might want to check it, or just mention it.

Thanks for taking a tour of Django and writing about it. I've been using Django for a little while now and enjoy working with it very much.

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