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Django documentation
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.. rubric:: Everything you need to know about Django (and then some).

Getting help
============

Having trouble? We'd like to help!

* Try the :doc:`FAQ <faq/index>` -- it's got answers to many common questions.

* Looking for specific information? Try the :ref:`genindex`, :ref:`modindex` or
  the :doc:`detailed table of contents <contents>`.

* Search for information in the `archives of the django-users mailing list`_, or
  `post a question`_.

* Ask a question in the `#django IRC channel`_, or search the `IRC logs`_ to see
  if it's been asked before.

* Report bugs with Django in our `ticket tracker`_.

.. _archives of the django-users mailing list: http://groups.google.com/group/django-users/
.. _post a question: http://groups.google.com/group/django-users/
.. _#django IRC channel: irc://irc.freenode.net/django
.. _IRC logs: http://botland.oebfare.com/logger/django/
.. _ticket tracker: http://code.djangoproject.com/

First steps
===========

    * **From scratch:**
      :doc:`Overview <intro/overview>` |
      :doc:`Installation <intro/install>`

    * **Tutorial:**
      :doc:`Part 1 <intro/tutorial01>` |
      :doc:`Part 2 <intro/tutorial02>` |
      :doc:`Part 3 <intro/tutorial03>` |
      :doc:`Part 4 <intro/tutorial04>`

The model layer
===============

    * **Models:**
      :doc:`Model syntax <topics/db/models>` |
      :doc:`Field types <ref/models/fields>` |
      :doc:`Meta options <ref/models/options>`

    * **QuerySets:**
      :doc:`Executing queries <topics/db/queries>` |
      :doc:`QuerySet method reference <ref/models/querysets>`

    * **Model instances:**
      :doc:`Instance methods <ref/models/instances>` |
      :doc:`Accessing related objects <ref/models/relations>`

    * **Advanced:**
      :doc:`Managers <topics/db/managers>` |
      :doc:`Raw SQL <topics/db/sql>` |
      :doc:`Transactions <topics/db/transactions>` |
      :doc:`Aggregation <topics/db/aggregation>` |
      :doc:`Custom fields <howto/custom-model-fields>` |
      :doc:`Multiple databases <topics/db/multi-db>`

    * **Other:**
      :doc:`Supported databases <ref/databases>` |
      :doc:`Legacy databases <howto/legacy-databases>` |
      :doc:`Providing initial data <howto/initial-data>` |
      :doc:`Optimize database access <topics/db/optimization>`

The template layer
==================

    * **For designers:**
      :doc:`Syntax overview <topics/templates>` |
      :doc:`Built-in tags and filters <ref/templates/builtins>`

    * **For programmers:**
      :doc:`Template API <ref/templates/api>` |
      :doc:`Custom tags and filters <howto/custom-template-tags>`

The view layer
==============

    * **The basics:**
      :doc:`URLconfs <topics/http/urls>` |
      :doc:`View functions <topics/http/views>` |
      :doc:`Shortcuts <topics/http/shortcuts>` |
      :doc:`Decorators <topics/http/decorators>`

    * **Reference:**
      :doc:`Request/response objects <ref/request-response>` |
      :doc:`TemplateResponse objects <ref/template-response>`

    * **File uploads:**
      :doc:`Overview <topics/http/file-uploads>` |
      :doc:`File objects <ref/files/file>` |
      :doc:`Storage API <ref/files/storage>` |
      :doc:`Managing files <topics/files>` |
      :doc:`Custom storage <howto/custom-file-storage>`

    * **Generic views:**
      :doc:`Overview<topics/class-based-views>` |
      :doc:`Built-in generic views<ref/class-based-views>`

    * **Advanced:**
      :doc:`Generating CSV <howto/outputting-csv>` |
      :doc:`Generating PDF <howto/outputting-pdf>`

    * **Middleware:**
      :doc:`Overview <topics/http/middleware>` |
      :doc:`Built-in middleware classes <ref/middleware>`

Forms
=====

    * **The basics:**
      :doc:`Overview <topics/forms/index>` |
      :doc:`Form API <ref/forms/api>` |
      :doc:`Built-in fields <ref/forms/fields>` |
      :doc:`Built-in widgets <ref/forms/widgets>`

    * **Advanced:**
      :doc:`Forms for models <topics/forms/modelforms>` |
      :doc:`Integrating media <topics/forms/media>` |
      :doc:`Formsets <topics/forms/formsets>` |
      :doc:`Customizing validation <ref/forms/validation>`

    * **Extras:**
      :doc:`Form preview <ref/contrib/formtools/form-preview>` |
      :doc:`Form wizard <ref/contrib/formtools/form-wizard>`

The development process
=======================

    * **Settings:**
      :doc:`Overview <topics/settings>` |
      :doc:`Full list of settings <ref/settings>`

    * **Exceptions:**
      :doc:`Overview <ref/exceptions>`

    * **django-admin.py and manage.py:**
      :doc:`Overview <ref/django-admin>` |
      :doc:`Adding custom commands <howto/custom-management-commands>`

    * **Testing:**  :doc:`Overview <topics/testing>`

    * **Deployment:**
      :doc:`Overview <howto/deployment/index>` |
      :doc:`Apache/mod_wsgi <howto/deployment/modwsgi>` |
      :doc:`Apache/mod_python <howto/deployment/modpython>` |
      :doc:`FastCGI/SCGI/AJP <howto/deployment/fastcgi>` |
      :doc:`Apache authentication <howto/apache-auth>` |
      :doc:`Handling static files <howto/static-files>` |
      :doc:`Tracking code errors by e-mail <howto/error-reporting>`

Other batteries included
========================

    * :doc:`Admin site <ref/contrib/admin/index>` | :doc:`Admin actions <ref/contrib/admin/actions>` | :doc:`Admin documentation generator<ref/contrib/admin/admindocs>`
    * :doc:`Authentication <topics/auth>`
    * :doc:`Cache system <topics/cache>`
    * :doc:`Conditional content processing <topics/conditional-view-processing>`
    * :doc:`Comments <ref/contrib/comments/index>` | :doc:`Moderation <ref/contrib/comments/moderation>` | :doc:`Custom comments <ref/contrib/comments/custom>`
    * :doc:`Content types <ref/contrib/contenttypes>`
    * :doc:`Cross Site Request Forgery protection <ref/contrib/csrf>`
    * :doc:`Databrowse <ref/contrib/databrowse>`
    * :doc:`E-mail (sending) <topics/email>`
    * :doc:`Flatpages <ref/contrib/flatpages>`
    * :doc:`GeoDjango <ref/contrib/gis/index>`
    * :doc:`Humanize <ref/contrib/humanize>`
    * :doc:`Internationalization <topics/i18n/index>`
    * :doc:`Jython support <howto/jython>`
    * :doc:`"Local flavor" <ref/contrib/localflavor>`
    * :doc:`Logging <topics/logging>`
    * :doc:`Messages <ref/contrib/messages>`
    * :doc:`Pagination <topics/pagination>`
    * :doc:`Redirects <ref/contrib/redirects>`
    * :doc:`Serialization <topics/serialization>`
    * :doc:`Sessions <topics/http/sessions>`
    * :doc:`Signals <topics/signals>`
    * :doc:`Sitemaps <ref/contrib/sitemaps>`
    * :doc:`Sites <ref/contrib/sites>`
    * :doc:`Static Files <ref/contrib/staticfiles>`
    * :doc:`Syndication feeds (RSS/Atom) <ref/contrib/syndication>`
    * :doc:`Unicode in Django <ref/unicode>`
    * :doc:`Web design helpers <ref/contrib/webdesign>`
    * :doc:`Validators <ref/validators>`
    * Function-based generic views (Deprecated) :doc:`Overview<topics/generic-views>` | :doc:`Built-in generic views<ref/generic-views>` | :doc:`Migration guide<topics/generic-views-migration>`

The Django open-source project
==============================

    * **Community:**
      :doc:`How to get involved <internals/contributing>` |
      :doc:`The release process <internals/release-process>` |
      :doc:`Team of committers <internals/committers>` |
      :doc:`The Django source code repository <internals/svn>`

    * **Design philosophies:**
      :doc:`Overview <misc/design-philosophies>`

    * **Documentation:**
      :doc:`About this documentation <internals/documentation>`

    * **Third-party distributions:**
      :doc:`Overview <misc/distributions>`

    * **Django over time:**
      :doc:`API stability <misc/api-stability>` |
      :doc:`Release notes and upgrading instructions <releases/index>` |
      :doc:`Deprecation Timeline <internals/deprecation>`