I think it'd be more consistent with other parts of the ORM to use **kwargs 
to specify aliases. For nested data you can use an object, say N, similar 
to Q and F objects:

Articles.objects.filter(id=1).values('body', N('author'), my_custom_title=
'title')

I'm no ORM expert, but could something like this be possible by allowing 
expressions in values() and using custom output fields?

On Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at 5:09:29 PM UTC+1, Moenad wrote:
>
> Well, switch the field name aliasing to a dictionary without hijacking 
> **kwargs ?
>
> I prefer the following:
>
> Articles.objects.get(id=1).values(’title’, ’author’, ‘body', 
> alias={"title": "my_custom_title"}, nested=True)
>
>
> On Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at 5:43:51 PM UTC+2, Tim Graham wrote:
>>
>> There's an accepted ticket for adding aliasing to values(): 
>> https://code.djangoproject.com/ticket/16735
>>
>> The current patch there hijacks values() **kwargs for the mapping of 
>> renamed fields which would prevent adding other kwargs like "nested" 
>> without disallowing those values as aliases. I guess we may want to rethink 
>> that approach.
>>
>> On Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at 10:20:37 AM UTC-5, Bobby Mozumder 
>> wrote:
>>>
>>> I could also use a couple of enhancement to this:
>>>
>>> 1) Allow renaming of keys, instead of using the database column names.  
>>> 2) Allow callbacks functions (or lambdas) to convert output values to 
>>> another format if needed.
>>>
>>> With this, I could send the queries results right to JSON outputs.
>>>
>>> -bobby
>>>
>>> On Nov 25, 2015, at 9:05 AM, Moenad <moe.i...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>>
>>> Currently, after calling values() and the query executes, the output is 
>>> a single level dictionary, including foreign keys. I propose adding an 
>>> extra parameter for values, or at least values_list, where if it's set to 
>>> true, a nested dictionary will be returned when there's a foreign key.
>>>
>>> Example:
>>>
>>> Person model with the following fields: first_name, last_name and 
>>> hometown (foreign key)
>>> Hometown model with the following fields: name
>>>
>>> A single record from Person.objects.values() will looks like this
>>>
>>> {"id": 1
>>>  "first_name": "first name",
>>>  "last_name": "last name",
>>>  "hometown__id": 1,
>>>  "hometown__name": "town name",
>>> }
>>>
>>>
>>> I propose adding a nested optional parameter to values, where a single 
>>> record from Person.objects.values(nested=True) will look like
>>>
>>> {"id": 1
>>>  "first_name": "first name",
>>>  "last_name": "last name",
>>>  "hometown": {
>>>       "id": 1,
>>>       "name": "town name"
>>>   }
>>> }
>>>
>>>
>>> This feature is needed given that most APIs these days are nested, while 
>>> it's simple to implement, I think it's much better to have it a built-in 
>>> django feature.
>>>
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