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November 21, 2011

Working with files in Django - Part 1

In this post what I mean by file is any content that is not dynamically generated. There are basically two types of files a web application deals with:

  • Files that are hard coded in templates or in code. We will call them STATIC files.
  • Files that are referenced in the code but only known in the run time. We will call them MEDIA files.

Now of course all these files are static and most of them can be classified as media, but I chose those terms because that more or less how they are referred to in Django documentation.

Since files are stored on disk or some other storage backend it is best to serve them on a fast HTTP server and let Django handle only dynamic content.

If you have any questions, suggestions or corrections feel free to drop me a line.