Say I have a table
People, is there a way to just quickly check if a
People object exists with a name of
'Fred'? I know I can query
and then check the length of the returned result, but is there a way to do it in a more elegant way?
As mentioned in more recent answers, since Django 1.2 you can use the
exists() method instead (link).
Dont' use len() on the result, you should use
People.objects.filter(Name='Fred').count(). According to the django documentation,
count() performs a SELECT COUNT(*) behind the scenes, so you should always use count() rather than loading all of the record into Python objects and calling len() on the result (unless you need to load the objects into memory anyway, in which case len() will be faster).
source: Django docs