Checking if a GET Variable Exists in Django

First, check if the request.GET dict contains a parameter named q:

Now ensure the variable has a value:

Multiple Files for Django Views

Separating your views into multiple files works much the same way as models except for one difference – importing the views in isn’t necessary unless you want to type a little less.

Without importing them in __init__, you’ll need to do this:

But if you add them, you can do the following instead:

Multiple Files for Django Models

One of the first things I noticed when I started with Django was that models and views were single files. Now I’ve read various opinions on how things should be handled (multiple modules vs. multiple files) but I’m of the opinion that clarity is always better. So even if you have a single model, I’d rather have the file be named something descriptive rather than the generic

Breaking things up into multiple files is quite straight-forward – delete, create a models directory, add and create your model classes. Here’s an example:

Note: In order for syncdb to see your models and work correctly, you’ll need to import the models in


Note: The Meta class is necessary for Django to associate the model correctly. Just set it to the name of your application. Otherwise syncdb won’t see your models or you’ll get a lovely error like the following when one of your models contains a foreign key:

You can then import your models like this: