Blank char/text fields
|Reported by:||anonymous||Owned by:||Jacob|
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The documentation does a good job of pointing out that blank should be used for text/char fields instead of null. What wasn't totally clear is that for non-character based fields (e.g. Integer) you have to use blank=True for the validator to allow the field to be empty (e.g. when creating a new instance in Admin). Also, I would assume in this situation it substitutes NULL instead of an empty string, making it different from the char/text field case. Figured it'd be worth a mention.
The particular portion of the documentation can be found here:
"Note that empty string values will always get stored as empty strings, not as NULL — so use null=True for non-string fields such as integers, booleans and dates.
Avoid using null on string-based fields such as CharField and TextField unless you have an excellent reason. If a string-based field has null=True, that means it has two possible values for “no data”: NULL, and the empty string. In most cases, it’s redundant to have two possible values for “no data;” Django convention is to use the empty string, not NULL."