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Common things every Django app needs!

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Django-common consists of the following things:

- A middleware that makes sure your web-app runs either on or without 'www' in the domain.

- A ``SessionManagerBase`` base class, that helps in keeping your session related code object-oriented and clean! See for usage details.

- An ``EmailBackend`` for authenticating users based on their email, apart from username.

- Some custom db fields that you can use in your models including a ``UniqueHashField`` and ``RandomHashField``.

- Bunch of helpful functions in

- A ``render_form_field`` template tag that makes rendering form fields easy and DRY.

- A couple of dry response classes: ``JsonResponse`` and ``XMLResponse`` in the django_common.http that can be used in views that give json/xml responses.


- Install django_common (ideally in your virtualenv!) using pip or simply getting a copy of the code and putting it in a directory in your codebase.

- Add ``django_common`` to your Django settings ``INSTALLED_APPS``::

# ...

- Add the following to your with appropriate values:


- Add ``common_settings`` to your Django settings ``TEMPLATE_CONTEXT_PROCESSORS``::

# ...

- Add ``EmailBackend`` to the Django settings ``AUTHENTICATION_BACKENDS``::


- Add ``WWWRedirectMiddleware`` if required to the list of middlewares::

# ...

- Scaffolds / ajax_form.js (ajax forms) etc. require jQuery

Scaffolding feature

1. Installing

To get scaffold just download ``scaffold`` branch of django-common, add it to ``INSTALLED_APPS`` and set up ``SCAFFOLD_APPS_DIR`` in settings.

Default is set to main app directory. However if you use django_base_project you must set up this to ``SCAFFOLD_APPS_DIR = 'apps/'``.

2. Run

To run scaffold type::

python scaffold APPNAME --model MODELNAME [fields]

APPNAME is app name. If app does not exists it will be created.
MODELNAME is model name. Just enter model name that you want to create (for example: Blog, Topic, Post etc). It must be alphanumerical. Only one model per run is allowed!

[fields] - list of the model fields.

3. Field types

Available fields::

char - CharField
text - TextField
int - IntegerFIeld
decimal -DecimalField
datetime - DateTimeField
foreign - ForeignKey

All fields requires name that is provided after ``:`` sign, for example::

char:title text:body int:posts datetime:create_date

Two fields ``foreign`` and ``decimal`` requires additional parameters:

- "foreign" as third argument takes foreignkey model, example::

foreign:blog:Blog, foreign:post:Post, foreign:added_by:User

NOTICE: All foreign key models must alread exist in project. User and Group model are imported automatically.

- decimal field requires two more arguments ``max_digits`` and ``decimal_places``, example::


NOTICE: To all models scaffold automatically adds two fields: update_date and create_date.

4. How it works?

Scaffold creates models, views (CRUD), forms, templates, admin, urls and basic tests (CRUD). Scaffold templates are using two blocks extending from base.html::

{% extends "base.html" %}
{% block page-title %} {% endblock %}
{% block conent %} {% endblock %}

So be sure you have your base.html set up properly.

Scaffolding example usage

Let's create very simple ``forum`` app. We need ``Forum``, ``Topic`` and ``Post`` model.

- Forum model

Forum model needs just one field ``name``::

python scaffold forum --model Forum char:name

- Topic model

Topics are created by site users so we need: ``created_by``, ``title`` and ``Forum`` foreign key (``update_date`` and ``create_date`` are always added to models)::

python scaffold forum --model Topic foreign:created_by:User char:title foreign:forum:Forum

- Post model

Last one are Posts. Posts are related to Topics. Here we need: ``title``, ``body``, ``created_by`` and foreign key to ``Topic``::

python scaffold forum --model Post char:title text:body foreign:created_by:User foreign:topic:Topic

All data should be in place!

Now you must add ``forum`` app to ``INSTALLED_APPS`` and include app in ```` file by adding into urlpatterns::

urlpatterns = [
url(r'^', include('forum.urls')),

Now syncdb new app and you are ready to go::

python syncdb

Run your server::

python runserver

And go to forum main page::


All structure are in place. Now you can personalize models, templates and urls.

At the end you can test new app by runing test::

python test forum

Creating test database for alias 'default'...
Ran 7 tests in 0.884s


Happy scaffolding!

Generation of SECRET_KEY

Sometimes you need to generate a new ``SECRET_KEY`` so now you can generate it using this command:

$ python generate_secret_key

Sample output:

$ python generate_secret_key

SECRET_KEY: 7,=_3t?n@'wV=p`ITIA6"CUgJReZf?s:`f~Jtl#2i=i^z%rCp-

Optional arguments

1. ``--length`` - is the length of the key ``default=50``
2. ``--alphabet`` - is the alphabet to use to generate the key ``default=ascii letters + punctuation symbols``

Django settings keys

- DOMAIN_NAME - Domain name, ``""``
- WWW_ROOT - Root website url, ``""``
- IS_DEV - Current environment is development environment
- IS_PROD - Current environment is production environment

This open-source app is brought to you by Tivix, Inc. ( )


- Change for Django 2.X

- Change for Django 1.10 - render() must be called with a dict, not a Context

- Django 1.10 support
- README.txt invalid characters fix
- Add support for custom user model in EmailBackend
- Fixes for DB fields and management commands

- compatability code moved to
- ``generate_secret_key`` management command.
- Fix relating to, package name change.
- Pass form fields with HiddenInput widget through render_form_field
- string.format usage / other refactoring / more support for Python 3

- PEP8 codebase cleanup.
- Improved python3 support.
- Django 1.8 support.

- Added python3 support.

- Changed mimetype to content_type in class JsonReponse to reflect Django 1.7 deprecation.

- Django 1.7 compatability using simplejson as fallback

- Added support for attaching content to emails manually (without providing path to file).

- Added LoginRequiredMixin

- Added support for Django 1.5

- Added fixes in nested inlines

- Added support for a multi-select checkbox field template and radio button in render_form_field

- Added Test Email Backend for overwrite TO, CC and BCC fields in all outgoing emails

- Added Custom File Email Backend to save emails as file with custom extension

- Rewrote fragments to be Bootstrap-compatible


- root_path deprecated in Django 1.4+


- Added self.get_inline_instances() usages instead of self.inline_instances

- Changed minimum requirement to Django 1.4+ because of the above.


- Added nested inline templates, js and full ajax support. Now we can add/remove nested fields dynamically.

- JsonpResponse object for padded JSON

- User time tracking feature - how long the user has been on site, associated middleware etc.

- @anonymous_required decorator: for views that should not be accessed by a logged-in user.

- Added EncryptedTextField and EncryptedCharField

- Misc. bug fixes

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