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Django is an open-source web application framework for rapidly developing server-side web applications in Python. It follows the model-view-template architectural pattern, facilitating the separation of concerns in software development and reusability. Django's "batteries-included" approach means that much of the common functionality developers need comes pre-packaged within the framework, including authentication, URL routing, database schema migrations through its own ORM (Object-Relational Mapping), form handling and templating engines to render HTML dynamically. The ecosystem of its own packages - often referred to as "Django apps" or "pluggable" tools - makes it extensible for custom functionalities on different projects without reinventing the wheel each time.