Default parameters to actions with Django

Is there a way to have a default parameter passed to a action in the case where the regex didnt match anything using django?

urlpatterns = patterns('',(r'^test/(?P<name>.*)?$','myview.displayName'))
def displayName(request,name):
      # write name to response or something

I have tried setting the third parameter in the urlpatterns to a dictionary containing ' and giving the name parameter a default value on the method, none of which worked. the name parameter always seems to be None. I really dont want to code a check for None if i could set a default value.

Clarification: here is an example of what i was changing it to.

def displayName(request,name='Steve'):
      return HttpResponse(name)
#i also tried

urlpatterns = patterns('',

when i point my browser at the view it displays the text 'None'

Any ideas?

Asked by: Miranda534 | Posted: 30-11-2021

Answer 1

The problem is that when the pattern is matched against 'test/' the groupdict captured by the regex contains the mapping 'name' => None:

>>> url.match("test/").groupdict()
{'name': None}

This means that when the view is invoked, using something I expect that is similar to below:

view(request, *groups, **groupdict)

which is equivalent to:

view(request, name = None)

for 'test/', meaning that name is assigned None rather than not assigned.

This leaves you with two options. You can:

  1. Explicitly check for None in the view code which is kind of hackish.
  2. Rewrite the url dispatch rule to make the name capture non-optional and introduce a second rule to capture when no name is provided.

For example:

urlpatterns = patterns('',
    (r'^test/(?P<name>.+)$','myview.displayName'), # note the '+' instead of the '*'

When taking the second approach, you can simply call the method without the capture pattern, and let python handle the default parameter or you can call a different view which delegates.

Answered by: Arthur992 | Posted: 01-01-2022

Answer 2

I thought you could def displayName(request, name=defaultObj); that's what I've done in the past, at least. What were you setting the default value to?

Answered by: Audrey267 | Posted: 01-01-2022

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