# Django

  • Demystifying Digital Ocean's App Platform for Django

    Digital Ocean's App Platform documentation is awful. Here's a primer to help make life easier when deploying apps to their PAAS.

  • Understanding Django's Host Header Error Emails

    One of the most common errors in Django is the annoying host header mismatch error email. While easy to fix, it's also easy to miss the point.

  • Django Pagedown Image Uploads

    It only took 5 years. After years of dithering you can upload images with Django Pagedown.

  • Django and CircleCI 2.0

    Most of the time, deployment sucks. Using a continuous integration app can help automate your deployments so you can focus on writing code and buildings things. In this post I'll show you how to set up a basic Django project with CircleCI so that publishing your code is as simple as pushing to GitHub.

  • Django access mixin for active users only

    As of Django 1.9, there are a number of new permission mixins you can use with your views to make access control easier. One that isn't included by default is a mixin allowing you to only permit users who have activated their account (user.is_active = True)

  • The Missing Manager for Django Models with GFK Relationships

    Save yourself writing the same queries time and time again by creating a simple model manager with common queries for your generic foreign keys

  • Uploading and validating an image from an URL with Django

    This post outlines a simple Django app that allows the user to upload an image via an URL while making sure the image file is valid.

  • Understanding, setting up, accessing and serving media files and static files in Django

    One of my most popular Stackoverflow answers is to a question regarding the confusion between static and media files in Django. This post elaborates on that theme.

  • An Updated General Django Project Structure or Folder Layout

    In a previous post I outlined a sane folder structure for a new Django project. Since then Django 1.5 (and 1.6) has been released along with an updated default folder structure. This post goes through some further tips on keeping your django project layout sensible.

  • Autodeploy Jekyll using bitbucket post-commit service hooks and Flask

    A very nice and clean way to deploy a Jekyll (or any other static generated site) is to setup a very small application on your sites webserver to listen for post commit hooks from Bitbucket. This allows you to have your site automatically updated and regenerated every time you push to your repository. This post shows you how.

  • SuspiciousOperation Invalid HTTP_HOST header with Django

    I was recently getting this error while trying to deploy a new project to production. It turns out that due to a recent security update, you need to make sure that the incoming host name in your request is valid.

  • A Custom Cropping Engine With sorl-thumbnail

    Sorl-thumbnail has a sensible crop function in the default engine, but sometimes you need a little more control over the results. This post provides a custom cropping PIL engine that can be used to return specific, i.e. from (x1, y1) to (x2, y2), cropped thumbnails

  • Using Django's request after updating POST or GET attributes

    If you update request.POST or request.GET in a view (or else where), any subsequent calls to request.REQUEST will still return values from the old, outdated GET and POST dictionaries.

  • Automatically generating admin URLs for your objects

    It's very easy to generate URLs to your django models using get_absolute_url(), but you can also use this pattern to just as easily create URLs to the admin page for your django models too. This post shows you how to make a get_admin_url() model method that generates links to give you quick access to your admin.

  • Reversing a unique Generic Foreign Key with Django

    When using GenericRelations with Django to create unique generic foreign keys between objects, it can become tiresome having to navigate the RelatedManager every time you need to retrieve the single instance of the one-to-one relationship. This post shows how creating a quick Mixin can help overcome this inconvenience.

  • Filtering on annotations in Django

    Django's annotate method can be useful for counting particular attributes on every member of a queryset (i.e. count the number of books an author has). Unfortunately you can't use the ORM to do any filtering on those attribute. This would be useful for only considering an attribute if it were above a certain value, or belonged to a certain object (i.e. count the number of books with the tag 'Horror'). This post shows how to make use of the extra method Django provides to create filtered annotations

  • Middleware to ensure Facebook Auth on all views with Fandjango

    Fandjango is a great application for getting a Facebook Canvas application up and running. It provides a nice view decorator to ensure a user is authorised with Facebook before allowing them access to that view. This post provides a piece of middleware that makes use of that decorator, allowing you to enforce Facebook authorisation on all views in your application.

  • A General Django Project Structure or Folder Layout

    When beginning with Django I always found it difficult to decide on basic project layouts. What should go where and why? Having read many of the great articles on the topic already out there this post outlines how I have come to manage the folder structure of most of my new Django projects, making sure everything is tidy and safe

  • Create automatic redirects upon changing an URL dependent field in your Django Models

    When the generated URLs of your objects depends on a field in your model that could potentially change (for example a slug field that is generated from a title which your editor just changed), you can get yourself into trouble with Google as your old URL will now return a 404. This posts outlines an approach to dynamically create redirects whenever an objects changes an url dependant field.

  • Don't keep sensitive information in your Django settings

    If you are checking your settings.py into Git, make sure you aren't including any potentially sensitive information such as database passwords, secret keys and so on. A quick and easy way to avoid this is to create a separate sensitive.py file.

  • Misconceptions with "select_related" in Django

    Django's select_related QuerySet method is a great way to reduce the query count when joining tables but it should come with small print in the documentation. This post goes over that small print.

  • Using sorl thumbnail and easy thumbnails in the same template

    At times you need to use both sorl.thumbnail and easy_thumbnails in the same template. Both of these apps define a thumbnail template tag from a thumbnail template module meaning that you will be able to use one or the other but not both. To get around this, you can install a great app called django-smart-load-tag

  • Django CMS Urls not reversing properly

    I encountered a strange problem when making use of a custom AppHook with django-cms. When I mounted a custom app on a cms page, reversing the urls in the template for that app (using get_absolute_url) was producing incorrect urls.