Getting Django Models into SQLite3 DB with VS

I ran into some troubles migrating/configuring my tables for a new app in my Django project.

I’ve been following this excellent tutorial, and ran into a bump I thought needed some clarification/update. As I’m not sure if the guide is up to date with the current version of Django.

Things I searched:
no module named models sqlall
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models are not being created in sqlite3 Django
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No migrations to apply
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Do these correlate with what you’re having issues with?
If so this was my solution.

First Install SQLite3 and add it too your Environment Variables -> Path
Install Page — Select: Source Code -> Zip for windows machines
I extracted it to C:/.
Now I have SQLite.exe in my root directory.
This is what the end of my Path looks like:
C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Web Platform Installer\;C:\SQLITE3.EXE\;

Sweet, now we can use SQLite in Powershell.

Configuration of Visual Studio:
Create a new app by right clicking on your Project file.
Then “Add” -> Select “Django App”
In this case my app is named book.

DjangoApp Solution Explorer

Sweet, now we have another Python app.
Go into your settings file and add it to the INSTALLED_APPS tuple.
eg. ‘book’,

Okay, now we’re configured make sure you’re SQLiteDB is properly configured as well.

‘ENGINE’: ‘django.db.backends.sqlite3’,
‘NAME’: path.join(PROJECT_ROOT, ‘db.sqlite3’),
‘USER’: ”,
‘HOST’: ”,
‘PORT’: ”,

Sweet, db all locked and loaded.

Next we’ll create a model.
Following along with the tutorial.
We go into: book -> and create our models.
class Publisher(models.Model):
name = models.CharField(max_length=30)
address = models.CharField(max_length=50)
city = models.CharField(max_length=60)
state_province = models.CharField(max_length=30)
country = models.CharField(max_length=50)
website = models.URLField()

Sweet. Model made. Let’s get it into our SQLite DB.

Alright now in DjangoProject1Hack (Where ‘ls’ will show db.sqlite3 among others)
We’ll be doing the migration.

1. Validate:
Run- C:\Python27\python.exe validate
2. makemigrations
Run- C:\Python27\python.exe makemigrations
Migrations for ‘book’:
– Create model Author
– Create model Book
– Create model Publisher
– Add field publisher to book
3. Sync (This just makes sure we add what’s missing)
Run- C:\Python27\python.exe syncdb
Operations to perform:
Apply all migrations: book
Running migrations:
Applying book.0001_initial… OK


Okay now we manage the db:
Run- C:\Python27\python.exe shell

Sample workflow in Shell:

>>> from book.models import Publisher
>>> p1 = Publisher(name=’Apress’, address=’2855 Telegraph ave’, city=’berkely’, state_province=’CA’, country=’USA’, website=
>>> p2 = Publisher(name=”o’reilly”, address=’10 Fawcett St.’, city=’Cambridge’, state_province=’MA’, country=’USA’, website=
>>> publisher_list = Publisher.objects.all()
>>> publisher_list
Publisher: Publisher object, Publisher: Publisher object

Yeehaa, let me know if you have any other questions!

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Python and Visual Studio in 5 minutes

Python is an excellent teaching programming language. It has all the tools to inspire students out of the box with plenty to grow on.

Development requires a basic understanding of computer science  but will teach essentials for large scale software development, object oriented design, polymorphism, and development environments.

I like python. The Zen is magnificent. It inspires me every time I practice and learn.

Microsoft arrives in the form of PTVS (Python Tools for Visual Studio) a powerful extension for Visual Studio that can be installed in all Versions of VS.

PTVS turns Visual Studio into a Python Dev Environment. Complete with Debugging, in window REPL (with autocomplete assistance), IntelliSense, configurable environments and virtual environments.

Its an extremely powerful tool.
While getting into PTVS I would recommend watching these two videos:

The second one especially will help you get a grip on how to configure development environments in Python, one of the most crucial parts of taking development to the next level.

Also, configuration of PIP, Setuptools, and virtualenv is all handled for you from there. Its freakin sweet. You can do all of this for free with Visual Studio Express.

Other helpful resources:
Python the Hard Way
Scott Hanselman’s Blog about PTVS
Pluralsight Subscribers
Python Tools for Visual Studio
Somasegar’s Post!

Let me know if you have any other questions!

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