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Web Development with Django

By : Ben Shaw, Saurabh Badhwar, Andrew Bird, Bharath Chandra K S, Chris Guest
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Web Development with Django

By: Ben Shaw, Saurabh Badhwar, Andrew Bird, Bharath Chandra K S, Chris Guest

Overview of this book

Do you want to develop reliable and secure applications which stand out from the crowd, rather than spending hours on boilerplate code? Then the Django framework is where you should begin. Often referred to as a 'batteries included' web development framework, Django comes with all the core features needed to build a standalone application. Web Development with Django takes this philosophy and equips you with the knowledge and confidence to build real-world applications using Python. Starting with the essential concepts of Django, you'll cover its major features by building a website called Bookr – a repository for book reviews. This end-to-end case study is split into a series of bitesize projects that are presented as exercises and activities, allowing you to challenge yourself in an enjoyable and attainable way. As you progress, you'll learn various practical skills, including how to serve static files to add CSS, JavaScript, and images to your application, how to implement forms to accept user input, and how to manage sessions to ensure a reliable user experience. Throughout this book, you'll cover key daily tasks that are part of the development cycle of a real-world web application. By the end of this book, you'll have the skills and confidence to creatively tackle your own ambitious projects with Django.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)

Adding Views to the Admin Site

Just like general applications inside Django, which can have multiple views associated with them, Django allows developers to add custom views to the admin site as well. This allows the developer to increase the scope of what the admin site interface can do.

The ability to add your own views to the admin site provides a lot of extensibility to the admin panel of the website, which can be leveraged for several additional use cases. For example, as we discussed at the start of the chapter, an IT team of a big organization can add a custom view to the admin site, which can then be used to both monitor the health of the different IT systems in the organization and to provide the IT team with the ability to quickly look at any urgent alerts that need to be addressed.

Now, the next question we need to answer is: How can we add a custom view to the admin site?

As it turns out, adding a new view inside the admin template is quite easy and follows...