Vlad Seryakov

  NaviServer ToolKit

To install nstk, enter

  make install

To see the demo, restart the server and point your browser to



This toolkit provides templating features for NaviServer. It registers
special tags callbacks that will be called by HTML parser. These callbacks
are responsible for producing necessary HTML code implementing the tag's logic.

Templating engine allows to separate procedural and presentation logic by
combining two files: .tcl and .adp as one template page.
.tcl file contains all procs and code and .adp just the presentation of
the prepared data in HTML. When request comes for index.nstk, templating
engine calls index.tcl page first and then parses index.adp. In the
index.adp file it is posible to access all variables and data structures
created by index.tcl script.

Variables from .tcl can be access in the .adp file by using @..@ notation:

 @name@ refers to Tcl variable name
 @name.key@ refers to Tcl arry item by key

For example:

  in .tcl file we have the following statement:

  set curtime [ns_fmttime [ns_time]]

  in .adp file to show current time we use the following:

  Current time is : @curtime@

Currently the following tags are implemented in nstk:

 <master src=name>

   nstk will substitute master tag with the output generated
   by the template 'name'. that template can be just one name.adp page
   or both name.tcl and name.adp pair. Master tag is used by child pages,
   i.e. inner page will call its master to be embedded in the master's
   HTML layout.

   Ex: index.adp

   <master src=master>


   nstk will substitute slave tag with the output produced by the calling this master
   slave page. slave tag is used by master pages only, if current page is not
   called by anyone as a master, this tag produces no output at all.

   Ex: master.adp

       top level menu


   Repeat HTML code between ther tags for each row in the datasource.
   Datasource is list each row represented by array, rows are named as
   ds:1, ds:2, ds:3 ..., where ds is name of the datasource.
   nstk has special Tcl command to build datasources: nstk::multirow.
   In the template, each field in the row can be accesed as @ds.field@

   Ex: in .tcl:

    nstk::multirow create ds name address
    nstk::multirow append ds "John Smith" "1 Main St"
    nstk::multirow append ds "Bill Gates" "111 Liberty Sq"

   in .adp

   <multirow name=ds>


   Repeat template chunk until the column name stays the same, it is used inside multirow
   tags only. This tag assumes that data is sorted by specified column.

  Ex: show items table, for each type, show all names in the separate column.

    <multirow name=item>
          <group name=people column=type>

 <list name=listname></list>

   Repeat HTML code between <list> and </list> tags for each item in the given list.
   List item refered as @listname:item@


   <list name=list>

 <if condition> <else> </if>

   Evaluate given condition and execute corresponding HTML code. Variables in the condition
   are refered using @..@ notation.

   the following operators can be used:

    gt     - greater than, ex: <if @counter@ gt 10>
    lt     - less than
    ge     - grater and equal
    le     - less and equal
    eq     - equal
    ne     - no equal
    in     - included in the list, ex: <if @item@ in ab bc dc>
    nil    - exists and not empty, ex: <if @item@ not nil>
    odd    - if var is odd number, ex: <if @num@ odd>
    even   - if var is even number
    mod    - if num is modulo of, ex: <if @num@ mod 2>
    true   - if var represent true condition: true, on, 1, ex: <if @var@ true>
    match  - match using wildcards
    regexp - match as regexp, ex: <if @var@ regexp ^1.*>


   Return from current template, stop producing any output and return what is
   produced so far to the client


   <if @cmd@ eq show>
      Command: @cmd@


   In list and multirow tags can be used to skip the row

 <include src=name>

   Include and evaluate given template 'name'. This tag will be substituted by the output
   produced named template. All variables form the parent are accessable in the
   included page as well.


   This tag tells nstk to stop producing the output and just ignore everything
   produced so far. nstk will to return anything from this template, whoever
   called this tag should have sent the headers and response manually.


The ToolKit also provides usefull Tcl procs. the following functions are available:

  nstk::config name ?default?

    returns value of the config parameter specified in the
    ns/server/${server}/module/nstk section

  nstk::true value

    returns 1 if value represent true symbol, one of the
    true, on, 1 enabled, yes, y, t

  nstk::nvl value ?default?

    returns given value or if it is empty specified default

    Ex: nstk::nvl $var -1

  nstk::coalesce name ?default?

    returns value of the given variable if it exists and not empty, otherwise
    returns defualt value if specified

    Ex: nstk::coalesce var -1

  nstk::read_file file

    read file contents and returns a string

  nstk::write_file file data ?mode?

    writes data into file, mode by default is w but can be anyting
    what Tcl open command supports

  nstk::sendmail to from subject body args

    wrapper around ns_sendmail, supports file attachements

    args are:

     -headers {name val name val...} - string with name value pairs
                                       to added as additional headers
     -cc emails
     -bcc emails - comma separated emails
     -files filelist - listof file names to be send as attachements
     -domain - if to or from are just usernames, this domain will be added or
               [ns_info hostname] if no domain specified
     -error msgvar - if specified, variable with this name will hold
                     error messages if any from ns_sendmail
     -content_type type - default is text/plain

  nstk::cache cmd key args

    provide high level interface for caching key value pairs.

    Subcommands are:

      nstk::cache set key value ?timeout?

        assign key with given value, if timeout specified it defines number of seconds
        this key value will be in the cache

      nstk::cache get key

        returns value of the given key, if the item expired at that time or not found
        returns nothing

      nstk::cache flush pattern

        deletes all keys that match given pattern

      nstk::cache names pattern

       returns list with cache keys that match given apptern

      nstk::cache values pattern

        returns list with name value pairs for all matched items

      nstk::cache append key value ?timeout?
      nstk::cache lappend key value ?timeout?

        appends/lappends value to the exiting key, if it does not exists, creates
        new cache item

      nstk::cache incr key

        same as Tcl incr command but for cache item, if does not exists, it is created
        with value 1

  nstk::multirow cmd name args

    create and manipulate datasources. Each datasource is a list of arrays where
    each array represents separate row in the table. This datasource is used by
    <multirow> tag in the .adp template.

    Subcommands are:

      nstk::multirow create name col1 col2 ...

        creates datasource name with given columns

        Ex: nstk::multirow create ds name address phone

      nstk::multirow drop name

        deletes datasource from the memory

      nstk::multirow append name val1 val2 ...

        appends row to the existing datasource

        Ex: nstk::multrow append ds John "1 MainSt" 7035550101

      nstk::multirow name size

        returns number of rows in the datasource

      nstk::multirow update name index val1 val2 ...

        updates specified row in the datasource with new values

        Ex: nstk::multirow update ds 0 Peter "No address" 2029998765

      nstk::multirow local name index

        creates local variables named as columns in the datasource and
        assignes with values form specified row

        Ex: nstk::multirow local ds 0
            will create Tcl variables name with value Peter, address with value "No address" and
            phone with value 2029998765

      nstk::multirow get name index column

        returns value fo the specified column from the specified row

        Ex: nstk::multirow get ds 0 name
            will return Peter

      nstk::multirow set name index col1 val1 col2 val2 ...

        updates specified datasource row with new values

        Ex: nstk::multirow set ds 0 name Yana phone 011798756432

  nstk::db::multirow name sql ?-eval script? ?-db dbhandle? -level level?

    Execute database query and create multirow datasource name,  each result row will create
    separate multirow row. If eval si not empty, it will be executed for every row. Local
    array row will hold all column values for the current row in the eval script.

    if db is not specified, handle from database pool configured in the
    ns/server/${server}/module/nstk as database will be used.

    Ex: in .tcl
        set db [ns_db gethandle poolname]
        nstk::db::multirow people "SELECT id,name,address FROM people" -db $db -eval {
          set row(name) "<A HREF=people.nstk?id=$row(id)>$row(name)</A>"

        in .adp

        <multirow name=people>

  nstk::db::handle { pool "" } { count 1 }

    Returns a database connection handle. Returns the same database handle
    for all subsequent calls until nstk::db::release is called.  This allows
    the same handle to be used easily across multiple procedures.
    Returns A database handle


    Releases a database handle previously requested with nstk::db::handle.

  nstk::db::value sql ?-db db? ?-default value? ?-cache name? ?-expires ttl? ?-colindex idx? ?-colname name?

    Returns the first column of the result.
    If the query doesn't return a row, returns -default value

    Ex: set name [ntsk::db::value "SELECT name FROM people WHERE id=1"]

  nstk::db::list sql ?-db db? ?-cache name? ?-expires ttl? ?-force t|f? ?-colindex idx? ?-colname name?

    Returns the first column of each row and returns it as a Tcl list

    Ex: set names [nstk::db::list "SELECT name FROM people"]

  nstk::db::multilist sql ?-db db? ?-plain t|f? ?-cache name? ?-expires ttl? ?-force t|f? ?-maxrows n?

    Returns a list of Tcl lists with each sublist containing the columns
    returned by the database; if no rows are returned by the
    database, returns the empty string
    -plain result will contain plain list with all columns from all rows
    -cache specifies name of the cache item under which to save results
    -force t forces flushing cached results
    -expires specifies timeout for cached results

    Ex: set people [nstk::db::multilist "SELECT id,name FROM people"]

  nstk::db::multivalue sql ?-db db? ?-prefix prefix? ?-cache name? ?-expires ttl? ?-force t|f?

    Performs the SQL query $sql that returns 0 or 1 row,
    setting variables to column values.
     -prefix specifies additional name prefix to make column names different
    Returns -1 in case of error

    Ex: nstk::db::multivalue "SELECT id,name FROM people" -cache people -expires 86400
        if { $id == 1 && $name == "John" } {

  nstk::db::foreach sql code ?-db? ?-prefix?

    Performs the SQL query $sql, executing code once for each row with
    variables set to column values.
    Returns -1 on error or number of rows processed

    Ex: nstk::db::foreach "SELECT id,name FROM people" {
          ns_log Notice $id = $name

  nstk::db::begin ?-db?

    Begins a database transaction, nested calls are allowed, actuall begin will happen
    on the first call only, all subsequent calls will result in increasing transaction counter.
    Returns 0 on success, -1 on error

  nstk::db::commit ?-db?

    Commits a database transaction. Nested calls are allowd, actual commit will
    happend when the transaction counter will reach zero.
    Returns 0 on success, -1 on error

  nstk::db::rollback { args } {

    Rollbacks a database transaction.

  nstk::db::rowcount ?-db?

    Returns number of rows affected by last INSERT,UPDATE or DELETE statement.