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Deform Demo

Demonstration application for the Deform Python HTML form library. Please see for a running version of this application.

Running the Demo

  • Create a virtualenv:

    $ virtualenv2.6 --no-site-packages /path/to/my/venv

    Hereafter /path/to/my/venv will be referred to as $VENV in steps below.

  • Get a checkout of deformdemo:

    $ git clone git://
  • cd to the newly checked out deformdemo package:

    $ cd deformdemo
  • Run develop using the virtualenv's python command:

    $ $VENV/bin/python develop
  • While your working directory is still deformdemo, start the demo application:

    $ $VENV/bin/pserve demo.ini
  • Visit http://localhost:8521 in a browser to see the demo.

Running the Demo's Selenium Tests

The deformdemo application serves as a target for functional testing during Deform's development. A suite of Selenium tests may be run against a local instance of the demonstration application. It is wise to run these tests before submitting a patch. Here's how:

  • Make sure you have a Java interpreter installed.

  • Start the deformdemo application as described above in "Running the Demo". Leave the terminal window running this application open, and open another terminal window to perform the below steps.

  • Download Selenium Server <> standalone jar file.

  • Run java -jar selenium-server-standalone-X.X.jar. Success is defined as seeing output on the console that ends like this:

    01:49:06.105 INFO - Started SocketListener on
    01:49:06.105 INFO - Started org.openqa.jetty.jetty.Server@7d2a1e44
  • Leave the terminal window in which the selenium server is now running open, and open (yet) another terminal window.

  • In the newest terminal window, cd to the "deformdemo" checkout directory you created above in "Running the Demo":

    $ cd /path/to/my/deformdemo/checkout
  • Run the tests:

    $ $VENV/bin/python deformdemo/

    $VENV is defined as it was in "Running the Demo" above.

  • You will (hopefully) see Firefox pop up in a two-windowed arrangement, and it will begin to display in quick succession the loading of pages in the bottom window and some test output in the top window. The tests will run for a minute or two.

  • Test success means that the console window on which you ran shows a bunch of dots, a test summary, then OK. If it shows a traceback, FAILED, or anything other than a straight line of dots, it means there was an error.

  • Fix any errors by modifying your code or by modifying the tests to expect the changes you've made.

Testing an Alternate Renderer Implementation

  • Copy the demo.ini file from this demo package to your renderer's package.
  • Change the deform.renderer key in the demo.ini copy to point at your renderer (it's a Python dotted name).
  • Run pserve /path/to/your/copy/of/demo.ini.
  • Run the selenium tests as above.
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