how What is @permalink and get_absolute_url in Django?

 

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What is @permalink and get_absolute_url in Django? When and why to use it?

Please a very simple example (a real practical example). Thanks

 

 

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@permalink is a python decorator, while get_absolute_url is a method on a django model.

Both are concerned with allowing you to reverse the URL for a particular object and should be used together. They are used anytime you need to provide a link to a particular object or want to display that object’s specific URL (if it has one) to the user

You could simply write your get_absolute_url method to return a hard coded string, but this wouldn’t adhere to Django’s philosophy of DRY (don’t repeat yourself). Instead, there is the @permalink to make things more flexible.

If you read the docs on the subject you will see how they relate to each other. the @permalink decorator hooks into django’s URLconf’s backend, allowing you to write much more portable code by using named url patterns. This is preferable to just using get_absolute_url on it’s own: your code becomes much DRYer as you don’t have to specify paths.

class BlogPost(models.Model):
    name = modelsCharField()
    slug = models.SlugField(...)

    @permalink
    def get_absolute_url(self):
        return ("blog-detail", [self.slug,])

and in urls.py

    ...
    url(r'/blog/(?P<slug>[-w]+)/$', blog.views.blog_detail, name="blog-detail")

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