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Skeleton for Nelen & Schuurmans projects

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Django code skeletons

nensskel provides so-called “paster templates” for easy creation of new django applications, websites and python libraries. They’re not fully generic, as they originate within one company. See the note further down.

The nensskel script creates a directory structure with lots of basic files (like a readme and a already there and partially filled in. Optionally it also creates a trunk/tags/branches structure in svn for you.

Just call the nensskel script to get usage information.

Installation can be done by a simple:

$> easy_install nensskel


Nensskel originates at Nelen & Schuurmans, so we’ve of course set it up just the way we like it. And we change it the way we like it.

It does, however, give you a good example for full django applications/sites with a complete setup. For example, the django sites come with a full-blown apache config. And django-staticfiles is included for the easy css/js setup.

Example for your own skeleton

When you want to create your own skeleton, nensskel can be a nice, small example. Just download the .tar.gz and unpack it.

Do the regular python && bin/buildout and you’re set up. The nensskel and paster script are created in the bin/ directory.

There’s one python script in nensskel/*.py per template. The actual templates are in nensskel/templates/*. See for some limited documentation on what paster can do. If you want more elaborate examples: is the most elaborate set of templates available.

Changelog for nensskel

1.6 (2010-12-03)

  • Added sysegg part to the buildouts.

1.5 (2010-12-03)

  • Printing .egginfo directory removal instructions.

  • Updated list of standard svn:ignores.

  • Added django gzip middleware to the lizardsite template.

  • Added lizard-ui’s traceback logging middleware to lizardsite.

  • Added lizard-map’s map settings to the django in lizardsite.

  • Removed windows apache configuration.

  • Added gzip (“mod_deflate”) for js/css in the apache config.

  • Eternally caching the django-compressor combined js/css files.

  • Added logging setup to lizardsite.

  • Added 500.html and 404.html to lizardsite template.

  • Added openlayers img/ and theme/ aliases to compensate for openlayers’ weirdness.

  • Added extra part to the lizardsite buildout for automatic bin/django build_static running so we won’t ever forget to do that.

  • Updated database settings to new django multiple databases style.

1.4 (2010-10-15)

  • Added setup.cfg that tells nose to output xml test reports for use with Hudson.

  • Fixes to the test setup of django_app.

1.3 (2010-10-01)

  • Added copyright notice at the top of every file including pointer to the LICENSE.txt GPL file. No, I’m not copy/pasting 10 unneeded lines of GPL boilerplate into every file.

1.2 (2010-08-25)

  • adjustments: using the 1.4.x buildout one for now.

1.1.1 (2010-08-10)

  • Documentation update.

1.1 (2010-08-10)

  • Changed test setup of djangoapp and lizardsite to match Reinout’s latest experiments :-)

1.0 (2010-08-03)

  • Added coverage support both to nensskel itself and to the templates.

0.5 (2010-08-02)

  • Added django compressor settings to the lizardsite template.

  • Added lizard-ui as a standard dependency for django applications.

0.4 (2010-05-20)

  • Removed ipython as it regularly fails to download, sadly. Can be re-added after buildout gains a timeout setting (in the .cfg files).

0.3 (2010-03-22)

0.2 (2010-02-12)

  • Django fixes after using skeleton in real life.

0.1 (2010-02-11)

  • Added nensskel script as a handy wrapper around paster create.

  • Added lizardsite skeleton (which needs checking and probably modifications).

  • Added djangoapp skeleton.

  • Added library skeleton.

  • Added test that creates instances of all skeletons and runs their bin/buildout. Smoke test: switch everything on and see if smoke comes out.

  • Reinout copied relevant parts from the thaskel and zestskel that he made for the two previous companies he worked for.


  • Add example doctest setup after I figured out how to get doctests running again with this django+nose+djangorecipe combination.

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