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Defining Models

The first change we'll make to our bone-stock paster -generated application will be to define a number of :term:`model` constructors. For this application, which will be a Wiki, we will need two kinds of model constructors: a "Wiki" model constructor, and a "Page" model constructor. Both our Page and Wiki constructors will be class objects. A single instance of the "Wiki" class will serve as a container for "Page" objects, which will be instances of the "Page" class.

The source code for this tutorial stage can be browsed via

Deleting the Database

We're going to remove the MyModel Python model class from our file. Since this class is referred to within our persistent storage (represented on disk as a file named Data.fs), we'll have strange things happen the next time we want to visit the application in a browser. Remove the Data.fs from the tutorial directory before proceeding any further. It's always fine to do this as long as you don't care about the content of the database; the database itself will be recreated as necessary.

Adding Model Classes

The next thing we want to do is remove the MyModel class from the generated file. The MyModel class is only a sample and we're not going to use it.


There is nothing automagically special about the filename A project may have many models throughout its codebase in arbitrarily-named files. Files implementing models often have model in their filenames (or they may live in a Python subpackage of your application package named models) , but this is only by convention.

Then, we'll add a Wiki class. Because this is a ZODB application, this class should inherit from :class:`persistent.mapping.PersistentMapping`. We want it to inherit from the :class:`persistent.mapping.PersistentMapping` class because our Wiki class will be a mapping of wiki page names to Page objects. The :class:`persistent.mapping.PersistentMapping` class provides our class with mapping behavior, and makes sure that our Wiki page is stored as a "first-class" persistent object in our ZODB database.

Our Wiki class should also have a __name__ attribute set to None at class scope, and should have a __parent__ attribute set to None at class scope as well. If a model has a __parent__ attribute of None in a traversal-based :app:`Pyramid` application, it means that it's the :term:`root` model. The __name__ of the root model is also always None.

Then we'll add a Page class. This class should inherit from the :class:`persistent.Persistent` class. We'll also give it an __init__ method that accepts a single parameter named data. This parameter will contain the :term:`ReStructuredText` body representing the wiki page content. Note that Page objects don't have an initial __name__ or __parent__ attribute. All objects in a traversal graph must have a __name__ and a __parent__ attribute. We don't specify these here because both __name__ and __parent__ will be set by by a :term:`view` function when a Page is added to our Wiki mapping.

Add an Appmaker

We're using a mini-framework callable named PersistentApplicationFinder in our application (see A PersistentApplicationFinder accepts a ZODB URL as well as an "appmaker" callback. This callback typically lives in the file.

We want to change the appmaker function in our file so that our application root is a Wiki instance, and we'll also slot a single page object (the front page) into the wiki.

Looking at the Result of Our Edits to

The result of all of our edits to will end up looking something like this:

Testing the Models

To make sure the code we just wrote works, we write tests for the model classes and the appmaker. Changing, we'll write a separate test class for each model class, and we'll write a test class for the appmaker.

To do so, we'll retain the tutorial.tests.ViewTests class provided as a result of the pyramid_zodb project generator. We'll add three test classes: one for the Page model named PageModelTests, one for the Wiki model named WikiModelTests, and one for the appmaker named AppmakerTests.

When we're done changing, it will look something like so:

Running the Tests

We can run these tests by using test in the same way we did in :ref:`running_tests`. Assuming our shell's current working directory is the "tutorial" distribution directory:


$ ../bin/python test -q

On Windows:

c:\bigfntut\tutorial> ..\Scripts\python test -q

The expected output is something like this:

Ran 5 tests in 0.008s


Declaring Dependencies in Our File

Our application depends on packages which are not dependencies of the original "tutorial" application as it was generated by the paster create command. We'll add these dependencies to our tutorial package's file by assigning these dependencies to both the install_requires and the tests_require parameters to the setup function. In particular, we require the docutils package.

Our resulting should look like so:

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