My bad, yesterday I missed the first part of your question (it looked like
part of the headers).
Do you have to use the ORM in Django? To use an analogy, I'd say it's like
the logic cycle in RPG/400. It's there whether you use it or not.
The Django ORM maps the DB to fields in the code and the UI. If you're
asking about injecting your own DB access into the ORM, but still using the
ORM to map columns -> fields, I don't know the answer because I've never
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