DjangoCon US 2015 - Django Views: Functions, Classes, and Generics by Andrew Pinkham





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Published on Sep 18, 2015

Django Views: Functions, Classes, and Generics

The goal of this talk is to make views and HTTP as clear as daylight. This talk is for you if you're confused about:

how function views compare to class-based views
when to use generic class-based views-
the difference between class-based views and generic class-based views-
or when to use any of these
This talk will start with an introduction to HTTP and how Django handles HTTP. We will then look at each kind of view in Django, focusing on how each works and why Django implements it that way. This will allow us to look at the advantages and shortcomings of each type of view. Finally, with a full understanding of Django views, we will be able to easily determine when to use each type of view.

Table of Contents:

What is HTTP, anyway?
Django's HTTP Request/Response Cycle
What is a callable?
History of View Functions
Classes and Generics
View Functions
(or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Non-Compliance)
Class Based Views
(or As DRY as the Sahara)
Generic Class Based Views
(or Oh For The Love of Graph Theory)
Enhancing Views
(or 1-Size fits no-one)
Fixing Your Views
When to Use What

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