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README.md

djeneralize

Generalizations of specialized models for Django.

djeneralize is not longer under development!

Migrating from djeneralize

We have had success migrating djeneralize models to django-polymorphic. The following procedure has worked for us:

  1. replace BaseGeneralizationModel with PolymorphicModel
  2. remove all Meta.specialization_type attributes
  3. replace all Model.specializations calls with Model.objects calls
  4. remove all as_specialization() calls
  5. run makemigrations
  6. manually add migration calling reset_polymorphic_ctypes on all Polymorphic models
  7. run migrate

Example Model Changes and Migrations

For the following djeneralize example model:

from django.db.models.fields import CharField, DateTimeField, ForeignKey, \ 
    TextField, DecimalField
 
from djeneralize.models import BaseGeneralizationModel
 
 
class Question(BaseGeneralizationModel):
    wording = CharField(max_length=256)
    
    
class TextQuestion(Question):
    class Meta:
        specialization = 'text'
        
        
class NumericQuestion(Question):
    unit = CharField(max_length=2)
    
    class Meta:
        specialization = 'numeric'
        
        
class Answer(BaseGeneralizationModel):
    timestamp = DateTimeField(null=True)    
    
    
class TextAnswer(Answer):
    question = ForeignKey(TextQuestion, related_name='answers')
 
    value = TextField()
    
    class Meta:
        specialization = 'text'
 
 
class NumericAnswer(Answer):
    question = ForeignKey(NumericQuestion, related_name='answers')
 
    value = DecimalField()
 
    class Meta:
        specialization = 'numeric'

modify it to become:

from django.db.models.fields import CharField, DateTimeField, ForeignKey, \ 
    TextField, DecimalField
 
from polymorphic.models import PolymorphicModel
 
 
class Question(PolymorphicModel):
 
    wording = CharField(max_length=256)
    
    
class TextQuestion(Question):
    pass
        
        
class NumericQuestion(Question):
    unit = CharField(max_length=2)
        
        
class Answer(PolymorphicModel):
    timestamp = DateTimeField(null=True)    
 
 
class TextAnswer(Answer):
    question = ForeignKey(TextQuestion, related_name='answers')
 
    value = TextField()
 
 
class NumericAnswer(Answer):
    question = ForeignKey(NumericQuestion, related_name='answers')
 
    value = DecimalField()

Now run manage.py makemigrations; imagining that this creates the file myapp/migrations/0002_auto_20170928_1100.py you must now make the following file (myapp/migrations/0003_this_name_does_not_matter.py):

from __future__ import unicode_literals
 
from django.db import migrations
from polymorphic.utils import reset_polymorphic_ctype
 
 
def _update_content_types(apps, schema_editor):
    answer_model = apps.get_model('myapp', 'Answer')
    numeric_answer_model = apps.get_model('myapp', 'NumericAnswer')
    text_answer_model = apps.get_model('myapp', 'TextAnswer')
    
    question_model = apps.get_model('myapp', 'Question')
    numeric_question_model = apps.get_model('myapp', 'NumericQuestion')
    text_question_model = apps.get_model('myapp', 'TextQuestion')
    
    reset_polymorphic_ctype(
        answer_model,
        text_answer_model,
        numeric_answer_model,
    )
     
    reset_polymorphic_ctype(
        question_model,
        text_question_model,
        numeric_question_model,
    )
 
class Migration(migrations.Migration):
    dependencies = [
        ('myapp', '0002_auto_20170928_1100'),
    ]
 
    operations = [
        migrations.RunPython(_update_content_types, migrations.RunPython.noop)
    ]

Now run manage.py migrate and your models should be consistent.

You will have to look through your code to find uses of djeneralize specifics, but we have had no issues in swapping these for Polymorphic patterns.

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