Sometimes you end up testing out things a lot using the handy django shell, but every time you've got to repeat the same commands to load all the necessary models, utils etc. etc.
In order to do this automatically, I thought you had to modify the django-admin.py file or something like that. Nope! Here's a useful django snippet that shows how to do the job. Basically - it's very simple (I actually don't understand how I got stuck on something so obvious!), just put evetyhing you want to load in a separate file in your project, and then load that file from the shell ;-)
''' Allows for a quick startup loading commonly used classes, installed apps, and console utils. To use: After manage.py shell, enter from project.package.modulename import * '''
from django.conf import settings from django.db import connection, models
# Load each installed app and put models into the global namespace. for app in models.get_apps(): exec("from %s import *" % app.__name__)
def last_query(): "Show the last query performed." return connection.queries[-1]
# Add commonly used modules, classes, functions here
from django import forms import os from datetime import datetime
# etc. etc.
Cite this blog post:
blog Django signals
blog UML to django
blog Offline django docs