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Fixed #1697 and #2095 -- Made 'choices' parameter accept any iterable

git-svn-id: bcc190cf-cafb-0310-a4f2-bffc1f526a37
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adrianholovaty committed Jun 7, 2006
1 parent 448bece commit f3f002b1610ac51044e1e6dff5b7ff8f00b9f4dd
Showing with 10 additions and 3 deletions.
  1. +2 −2 django/core/
  2. +8 −1 docs/model-api.txt
@@ -836,8 +836,8 @@ def get_validation_errors(outfile, app=None):
if f.prepopulate_from is not None and type(f.prepopulate_from) not in (list, tuple):
e.add(opts, '"%s": prepopulate_from should be a list or tuple.' %
if f.choices:
- if not type(f.choices) in (tuple, list):
- e.add(opts, '"%s": "choices" should be either a tuple or list.' %
+ if not hasattr(f.choices, '__iter__'):
+ e.add(opts, '"%s": "choices" should be iterable (e.g., a tuple or list).' %
for c in f.choices:
if not type(c) in (tuple, list) or len(c) != 2:
@@ -445,7 +445,8 @@ empty value. If a field has ``blank=False``, the field will be required.
-A list of 2-tuples to use as choices for this field.
+An iterable (e.g., a list or tuple) of 2-tuples to use as choices for this
If this is given, Django's admin will use a select box instead of the
standard text field and will limit choices to the choices given.
@@ -481,6 +482,12 @@ or outside your model class altogether::
class Foo(models.Model):
gender = models.CharField(maxlength=1, choices=GENDER_CHOICES)
+Finally, note that choices can be any iterable object -- not necessarily a
+list or tuple. This lets you construct choices dynamically. But if you find
+yourself hacking ``choices`` to be dynamic, you're probably better off using
+a proper database table with a ``ForeignKey``. ``choices`` is meant for static
+data that doesn't change much, if ever.

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