1. Peter Sanchez
  2. django-easyconfig



This app will make it easy to customize external Django apps that use it.

It takes an approach very similar to the django.contrib.comments framework. It makes it easy to use custom forms, values, etc.

Quick example...

Say you have an open source Django app that lets you upload a Photo and some metadata to that photo. To be able to customize that form, the project owners would have to hack the app's source to fit their needs (class names, etc.) or you have to make your app customizable. That's where django-easyconfig comes in...


Basic Install:

$ python setup.py build $ sudo python setup.py install

Alternative Install (Manually):

Place webutils directory in your Python path. Either in your Python installs site-packages directory or set your $PYTHONPATH environment variable to include a directory where the webutils directory lives.


  • XXX * These are not great docs. I'll work on updating this soon!

You must create a "Config" object in your app and use that to fetch any object or value you want to be able to have customized.

Here is a basic example.

### yourapp/__init__.py

from django.contrib.auth.forms import AuthenticationForm from yourapp.forms import PasswordChangeForm from easyconfig import EasyConfig

class Config(object):
''' Base config class to easily pass forms, etc. to
yourapp views.

''' # Use the dotted Python path to this class config = EasyConfig('yourapp.Config', 'YOURAPP_CONFIG')

def get_login_form(self):
return self.config.get_object('get_login_form', AuthenticationForm)
def get_password_change_form(self):
return self.config.get_object('get_password_change_form', PasswordChangeForm)

Now, you just need to use your yourapp.Config class any time you need to fetch one of these objects for use.

Here's how it could be used in a urls.py file

### urls.py

from yourapp import Config from django.conf.urls.defaults import *

config = Config()

urlpatterns = patterns('yourapp.views',
'login', {
'template_name': 'yourapp/login.html', 'authentication_form': config.get_login_form(),

}, name='yourapp-login'),

'passwd_change', {
'template_name': 'yourapp/passwd_change.html', 'passwd_change_form': config.get_password_change_form(),

}, name='yourapp-passwd-change'),


Now, anybody using your app in their own project can easily change the login and password change forms to whatever form they want. Here is how they would do so in their own project.

### settings.py

# Dotted python path to their own CustomConfig class YOURAPP_CONFIG = 'myproject.myapp.CustomConfig'

### myproject/myapp/__init__.py

from myproject.myapp.forms import AuthForm, ChangeForm

class CustomConfig(object):

''' Customize the forms! ''' def get_login_form(self):

return AuthForm
def get_password_change_form(self):
return ChangeForm

That's it. Easy right? :)