Django Gotchas

One of the biggest hurdles in learning any new framework or programming language is learning its quirks. By quirks I don’t mean bugs, I’m referring to the personality and flow. Here are a few that might help your troubleshooting process:

I get an error when I run syncdb. This could be a number of things. If its an error in the model you should be able to tell. Most of the time for me was forgetting to add the project to the settings.py INSTALLED_APPS (http://www.djangoproject.com/documentation/settings/#installed-apps) list.

I created a templatetag but Django is saying the file doesn’t exist. First make sure you have loaded the template tag (http://www.djangoproject.com/documentation/templates_python/#extending-the-template-system), (i.e. {%!l(MISSING)oad latestposts %!}(MISSING)). Second, and this one gets me every time, make sure you added the __init__.py file to the newly created directory. This file must be present in directories that contain python scripts.

How do I access the children of a many-to-one or many-to-many relationship within the template? This puzzled me for a while. I’m accustomed to saying post.categories but in Django you must say post.categories_set.all. Referenced here (http://www.djangoproject.com/documentation/db_api/#related-objects).

I just added my database from my model but I keep getting a 404 error when I try to view the template. This drove me crazy and people will probably laugh. If you forget to enter data into the newly formed table Django will throw a Page Not Found error until you enter your first record of data. It’s always the small things.

I hope these are somewhat helpful. If you have any to add to the list feel free to post a comment.

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