django-ipyfield / README

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``ipyfield`` provides a model field for 
`django <>`_
that allows the storage of an ip address as a ``BigInt`` on the db side by 
using `IPy <>`_ to handle 
conversion to an ``IPy.IP`` instance (or ``None``) on the python side. 


In its way, it gives us a way to store both **ipv4** and **ipv6** consistently
without having to throw them in long charfields. Also, it gives us an easy way
to validate data as it comes in, while giving us access to additional meta
information (basically everything that makes 
`IPy <>`_ so awesome).


Add this to your django project by installing with ``pip``: ::
    pip install django-ipyfield

or with ``easy_install``: ::

    easy_install django-ipyfield


In your models, do something like the fallowing: ::
    from django.db import models
    from ipyfield.models import IPyField

    class MyModel(models.Model):

        # the regular params should work well enough here
        ipaddr = IPyField()
        # ... and so on

From here, any assignments to ``obj.ipaddr`` can be considered a constructor
argument to a new ``IPy.IP`` instance. Anything ``IP()`` can use to make a new
object can be used.

When making queries, I added one extra piece of syntactical sugar. For 
``__in`` (range) lookups, you can pass a **CIDR** notation address range, for 
eaxample: ::

Currently you need to use this form of notation supported for this kind of 
query. For now, if you need to use a ``prefix-netmask`` style notation, pass it 
to ``IPy.IP`` yourself and use the resulting instance as your filter parameter.