The main index page, including the game stats
This is a basic example of a Django class-based view, which are functionally very similar to Evennia Commands but differ in structure. Commands are used to interface with users using a terminal client. Views are used to interface with users using a web browser.
To use a class-based view, you need to have written a template in HTML, and then you write a view like this to tell Django what values to display on it.
While there are simpler ways of writing views using plain functions (and Evennia currently contains a few examples of them), just like Commands, writing views as classes provides you with more flexibility– you can extend classes and change things to suit your needs rather than having to copy and paste entire code blocks over and over. Django also comes with many default views for displaying things, all of them implemented as classes.
This particular example displays the index page.
This is a common Django method. Think of this as the website equivalent of the Evennia Command.func() method.
If you just want to display a static page with no customization, you don’t need to define this method– just create a view, define template_name and you’re done.
The only catch here is that if you extend or overwrite this method, you’ll always want to make sure you call the parent method to get a context object. It’s just a dict, but it comes prepopulated with all sorts of background data intended for display on the page.
You can do whatever you want to it, but it must be returned at the end of this method.
- Keyword Arguments
any (any) – Passed through.
context (dict) – Dictionary of data you want to display on the page.