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Update tutorial part 1 to discuss migrations properly

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@@ -267,8 +267,9 @@ that, run the following command:
The :djadmin:`migrate` command looks at the :setting:`INSTALLED_APPS` setting
and creates any necessary database tables according to the database settings
-in your :file:`mysite/` file. You'll see a message for each
-database table it creates, and you'll get a prompt asking you if you'd like to
+in your :file:`mysite/` file and the database migrations shipped
+with the app (we'll cover those later). You'll see a message for each
+migration it applies, and you'll get a prompt asking you if you'd like to
create a superuser account for the authentication system. Go ahead and do
@@ -282,7 +283,7 @@ display the tables Django created.
case, but not everybody needs them. If you don't need any or all of them,
feel free to comment-out or delete the appropriate line(s) from
:setting:`INSTALLED_APPS` before running :djadmin:`migrate`. The
- :djadmin:`migrate` command will only create tables for apps in
+ :djadmin:`migrate` command will only run migrations for apps in
.. _creating-models:
@@ -322,6 +323,8 @@ That'll create a directory :file:`polls`, which is laid out like this::
+ migrations/
@@ -338,6 +341,11 @@ The first step in writing a database Web app in Django is to define your models
the :ref:`DRY Principle <dry>`. The goal is to define your data model in one
place and automatically derive things from it.
+ This includes the migrations - unlike in Ruby On Rails, for example, migrations
+ are entirely derived from your models file, and are essentially just a
+ history that Django can roll through to update your database schema to
+ match your current models.
In our simple poll app, we'll create two models: ``Question`` and ``Choice``.
A ``Question`` has a question and a publication date. A ``Choice`` has two fields:
the text of the choice and a vote tally. Each ``Choice`` is associated with a
@@ -437,31 +445,69 @@ Now Django knows to include the ``polls`` app. Let's run another command:
.. code-block:: bash
- $ python sql polls
+ $ python makemigrations polls
+You should see something similar to the following:
+.. code-block:: text
+ Migrations for 'polls':
+ - Create model Question
+ - Create model Choice
+By running ``makemigrations``, you're telling Django that you've made
+some changes to your models (in this case, you've made new ones) and that
+you'd like the changes to be stored as a *migration*.
+Migrations are how Django stores changes to your models (and thus your
+database schema) - they're just files on disk. You can read the migration
+for your new model if you like; it's the file
+``polls/migrations/``. Don't worry, you're not expected to read
+them every time Django makes one, but they're designed to be human-editable
+in case you want to manually tweak how Django changes things.
+There's a command that will run the migrations for you and manage your database
+schema automatically - that's called :djadmin:`migrate`, and we'll come to it in a
+moment - but first, let's see what SQL that migration would run. The
+:djadmin:`sqlmigrate` command takes migration names and returns their SQL:
+.. code-block:: bash
+ $ python sqlmigrate polls 0001
-You should see something similar to the following (the ``CREATE TABLE`` SQL
-statements for the polls app):
+You should see something similar to the following (we've reformatted it for
.. code-block:: sql
- CREATE TABLE "polls_question" (
+ CREATE TABLE polls_question (
+ "id" serial NOT NULL PRIMARY KEY,
"question_text" varchar(200) NOT NULL,
- "pub_date" datetime NOT NULL
+ "pub_date" timestamp with time zone NOT NULL
- CREATE TABLE "polls_choice" (
- "question_id" integer NOT NULL REFERENCES "polls_poll" ("id"),
+ CREATE TABLE polls_choice (
+ "id" serial NOT NULL PRIMARY KEY,
+ "question_id" integer NOT NULL,
"choice_text" varchar(200) NOT NULL,
"votes" integer NOT NULL
+ CREATE INDEX polls_choice_7aa0f6ee ON "polls_choice" ("question_id");
+ ALTER TABLE "polls_choice"
+ ADD CONSTRAINT polls_choice_question_id_246c99a640fbbd72_fk_polls_question_id
+ FOREIGN KEY ("question_id")
+ REFERENCES "polls_question" ("id")
Note the following:
* The exact output will vary depending on the database you are using. The
- example above is generated for SQLite.
+ example above is generated for PostgreSQL.
* Table names are automatically generated by combining the name of the app
(``polls``) and the lowercase name of the model -- ``question`` and
@@ -472,8 +518,9 @@ Note the following:
* By convention, Django appends ``"_id"`` to the foreign key field name.
(Yes, you can override this, as well.)
-* The foreign key relationship is made explicit by a ``REFERENCES``
- statement.
+* The foreign key relationship is made explicit by a ``FOREIGN KEY``
+ constraint. Don't worry about the ``DEFERRABLE`` parts; that's just telling
+ PostgreSQL to not enforce the foreign key until the end of the transaction.
* It's tailored to the database you're using, so database-specific field types
such as ``auto_increment`` (MySQL), ``serial`` (PostgreSQL), or ``integer
@@ -481,34 +528,15 @@ Note the following:
goes for quoting of field names -- e.g., using double quotes or single
-* The :djadmin:`sql` command doesn't actually run the SQL in your database -
- it just prints it to the screen so that you can see what SQL Django thinks
- is required. If you wanted to, you could copy and paste this SQL into your
- database prompt. However, as we will see shortly, Django provides an
- easier way of committing the SQL to the database.
-If you're interested, also run the following commands:
-* :djadmin:`python validate <validate>` -- Checks for any errors
- in the construction of your models.
-* :djadmin:`python sqlcustom polls <sqlcustom>` -- Outputs any
- :ref:`custom SQL statements <initial-sql>` (such as table modifications or
- constraints) that are defined for the application.
-* :djadmin:`python sqlclear polls <sqlclear>` -- Outputs the
- necessary ``DROP TABLE`` statements for this app, according to which
- tables already exist in your database (if any).
-* :djadmin:`python sqlindexes polls <sqlindexes>` -- Outputs the
- ``CREATE INDEX`` statements for this app.
-* :djadmin:`python sqlall polls <sqlall>` -- A combination of all
- the SQL from the :djadmin:`sql`, :djadmin:`sqlcustom`, and
- :djadmin:`sqlindexes` commands.
+* The :djadmin:`sqlmigrate` command doesn't actually run the migration on your
+ database - it just prints it to the screen so that you can see what SQL
+ Django thinks is required. It's useful for checking what Django is going to
+ do or if you have database administrators who require SQL scripts for
+ changes.
-Looking at the output of those commands can help you understand what's actually
-happening under the hood.
+If you're interested, you can also run
+:djadmin:`python validate <validate>`; this checks for any errors in
+your models without making migrations or touching the database.
Now, run :djadmin:`migrate` again to create those model tables in your database:
@@ -516,12 +544,38 @@ Now, run :djadmin:`migrate` again to create those model tables in your database:
$ python migrate
-The :djadmin:`migrate` command runs the SQL from :djadmin:`sqlall` on your
-database for all apps in :setting:`INSTALLED_APPS` that don't already exist in
-your database. This creates all the tables, initial data and indexes for any
-apps you've added to your project since the last time you ran :djadmin:`migrate`.
-:djadmin:`migrate` can be called as often as you like, and it will only ever
-create the tables that don't exist.
+ Operations to perform:
+ Synchronize unmigrated apps: sessions, admin, messages, auth, staticfiles, contenttypes
+ Apply all migrations: polls
+ Synchronizing apps without migrations:
+ Creating tables...
+ Installing custom SQL...
+ Installing indexes...
+ Installed 0 object(s) from 0 fixture(s)
+ Running migrations:
+ Applying polls.0001_initial... OK
+The :djadmin:`migrate` command takes all the migrations that haven't been
+applied (Django tracks which ones are applied using a special table in your
+database called ``django_migrations``) and runs them against your database -
+essentially, synchronising the changes you made to your models with the schema
+in the database.
+Migrations are very powerful and let you change your models over time, as you
+develop your project, without the need to delete your database or tables and
+make new ones - it specialises in upgrading your database live, without
+losing data. We'll cover them in more depth in a later part of the tutorial,
+but for now, remember the three-step guide to making model changes:
+* Change your models (in
+* Run ``python makemigrations`` to create migrations for those changes
+* Run ``python migrate`` to apply those changes to the database.
+The reason there's separate commands to make and apply migrations is because
+you'll commit migrations to your version control system and ship them with
+your app; they not only make your development easier, they're also useable by
+other developers and in production.
Read the :doc:` documentation </ref/django-admin>` for full
information on what the ```` utility can do.

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