Update: September 3, 2012
You certainly have already used
render_to_response to render your templates, it’s a very convenient shortcut:
At least until you need to use context processors, then you start writing code like this
context_instance argument is the boilerplate code you will always need to make context processors work. I think it’s too much typing, and I’m lazy, so I prefer to use the
direct_to_template generic view:
You don’t need the
context_instance argument anymore, and you save one import.
But! There is one simple detail when passing extra context to this view, if a value in your dict is a callable, it will call and pass the result to template. It can be useful, but is something to keep in mind, if you’re trying to pass a callable to template.
Read the source code to understand how it works.