· Jul 25, 2022 8m read

Introduction to Django part 2

In the first part, I've shown how to start a new project on Django, as well as define new models and add already existing models.

This time, I'll introduce an admin panel, available out of the box and how it can be useful.

Important note: do not expect that if you try to repeat actions from this post it will work for you, it does not. During the article, I had to do some fixes in the django-iris project, and even in DB-API driver made by InterSystems to fix some issues there as well, and I think this driver is still in development, and we will get more stable driver in future. Let's decide that this article only explains how it could be if we would have all done.

Let's return to our code and see what we have in, the main entrypoint for all web requests.

"""main URL Configuration

The `urlpatterns` list routes URLs to views. For more information please see:
Function views
    1. Add an import:  from my_app import views
    2. Add a URL to urlpatterns:  path('', views.home, name='home')
Class-based views
    1. Add an import:  from other_app.views import Home
    2. Add a URL to urlpatterns:  path('', Home.as_view(), name='home')
Including another URLconf
    1. Import the include() function: from django.urls import include, path
    2. Add a URL to urlpatterns:  path('blog/', include('blog.urls'))
from django.contrib import admin
from django.urls import path

urlpatterns = [

You may see, that there is already URL admin defined there 

Let's start development server, by command

python runserver

If you go by URL http://localhost:8000/admin, you will the login form to Django administration 

To enter here, we need some user, and we can create it with this command

$ python createsuperuser
Username (leave blank to use 'daimor'): admin
Email address:
Password (again): 
The password is too similar to the username.
This password is too short. It must contain at least 8 characters.
This password is too common.
Bypass password validation and create user anyway? [y/N]: y
Superuser created successfully.

We can use this login and password now. It's quite empty at the moment, but it already gives access to Groups and Users.

More data

Previously I've already installed post-and-tags package with zpm, you can do it too

zpm "install posts-and-tags"

Now we can get the models for all tables (, community.comment, community.tag) installed by this package

$ python inspectdb community.comment community.tag > main/

This will produce a bit long file, so, I put it in a spoiler


The administration dashboard in Django, can be extended by developer. And it's possible to add some more tables. To do so, we need to add a new file named main/ I've added a few comments right in the code, to explain some lines.

from django.contrib import admin

# immport our community models for our tables in IRIS
from .models import (CommunityPost, CommunityComment, CommunityTag)

# register class which overrides default behaviour for model CommunityPost
class CommunityPostAdmin(admin.ModelAdmin):
  # list of properties to show in table view
  list_display = ('posttype', 'name', 'publisheddate')
  # list of properties to show filter for on the right side of the tablee
  list_filter = ('posttype', 'lang', 'published')
  # default ordering, means from the latest date of PublishedDate
  ordering = ['-publisheddate', ]

class CommunityCommentAdmin(admin.ModelAdmin):
  # only this two fields show, (post is numeric by id in table post)
  list_display = ('post', 'created')
  # order by date of creation
  ordering = ['-created', ]

class CommunityTagAdmin(admin.ModelAdmin):
  # not so much to show
  list_display = ('name', )

Extending portal

Let's return back to our Django administration page, and see, some new items added there

On the right side, you will see the filter panel, and what's important is, that it's got all the possible values in particular fields and showed there.

Unfortunately, InterSystems SQL does not support LIMIT, OFFSET feature, expected on or another way by Django. And Django does not support TOP. So, pagination here will be shown but does not work. And no way to make it work at the moment, and I don't think will ever work, unfortunately.

You can even dive into the object, and Django will show form, with correct field types. (note: This dataset does not contain data in the Text field)

Comments object

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