So Django has an interesting feature called "generic views", which essentially allow you to to render a template with generic code. In Rails, the same feature would be called "generic actions" (just a terminology difference).
This was possible, but somewhat difficult in Rails 2.x, but it's a breeze in Rails 3.
Let's take a look at a simple generic view in Django, the "redirect_to" view:
urlpatterns = patterns('django.views.generic.simple', ('^foo/(?P<id>\d+)/