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{% extends "master.html" %}
{% block master_title %}
Learning TurboGears 2.1: Quick guide to the Quickstart pages.
{% endblock %}
{% block contents %}
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<h2>Architectural basics of a quickstart TG2 site.</h2>
<p>The TG2 quickstart command produces this basic TG site. Here's how it works.</p>
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<ul class="nav nav-list">
<li class="nav-header">About Architecture</li>
<li><a href="#data-model">Data Model</a></li>
<li><a href="#url-structure">URL Structure</a></li>
<li><a href="#template-reuse">Web page element's reuse</a></li>
{% if tg.auth_stack_enabled %}
<li py:if="tg.auth_stack_enabled" class="nav-header">Authentication</li>
<li py:if="tg.auth_stack_enabled"><a href="#authentication">Authorization and Authentication</a></li>
{% endif %}
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<h3>Code my data model</h3>
<p>When you want a model for storing favorite links or wiki content, the
<code>/model</code> folder in your site is ready to go.</p>
<p>You can build a dynamic site without any data model at all. There still be a
default data-model template for you if you didn't enable authentication and
authorization in quickstart. If you have enabled authorization, the auth
data-model is ready-made.</p>
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<h3>Design my URL structure</h3>
<p>The "<code></code>" file under the <code>/controllers</code> folder has
your URLs. When you called this url (<code><a href=
"${tg.url('/about')}">about</a></code>), the command went through the
RootController class to the <code>about()</code> method.</p>
<p>Those Python methods are responsible to create the dictionary of variables
that will be used in your web views (template).</p>
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"" alt=
"TurboGears2 quickstarted project" /></div>
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<h3>Reuse the web page elements</h3>
<p>A web page viewed by user could be constructed by single or several reusable
templates under <code>/templates</code>. Take 'about' page for example, each
reusable templates generating a part of the page. We'll cover them in the order of
where they are found, listed near the top of the about.html template</p>
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<p><strong><span class="label label-info">header.html</span></strong> - The
"header.html" template contains the HTML code to display the 'header': The div,
the h1 tag, and the subtitle are there, and the the blue gradient, TG2 logo,
are placed by way of the .css file (from style.css) are all at the top of every
page it is included on. When the "about.html" template is called, it includes
this "header.html" template (and the others) with a <code>&lt;xi:include
/&gt;</code> tag, part of the Genshi templating system. The "header.html"
template is not a completely static HTML -- it also includes (via
<code>&lt;xi:include/&gt;</code> tag) "master.html", which dynamically displays
the current page name with a Genshi template method called "replace" with the
code: <code>&lt;span py:replace="page"/&gt;</code>. It means replace this
<code>&lt;span /&gt;</code> region with the contents found in the variable
'page' that has been sent in the dictionary to this "about.html" template, and
is available through that namespace for use by this "header.html" template.
That's how it changes in the header depending on what page you are
<p><strong><span class="label label-info">sidebars.html</span></strong> - The
sidebars (navigation areas on the right side of the page) are generated as two
separate <code>py:def</code> blocks in the "sidebars.html" template. The
<code>py:def</code> construct is best thought of as a "macro" code... a simple
way to separate and reuse common code snippets. All it takes to include these
on the "about.html" page template is to write</p>
</pre>in the page where they are wanted. CSS styling (in "/public/css/style.css") floats
them off to the right side. You can remove a sidebar or add more of them, and the CSS
will place them one atop the other.
<p>This is, of course, also exactly how the header and footer templates are
also displayed in their proper places, but we'll cover that in the
"master.html" template below.</p>
<p>Oh, and in sidebar_top we've added a dynamic menu that shows the link to
this page at the top when you're at the "index" page, and shows a link to the
Home (index) page when you're here. Study the "sidebars.html" template to see
how we used <code>py:choose</code> for that.</p>
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<p><strong><span class="label label-info">footer.html</span></strong> - The
"footer.html" block is simple, but also utilizes a special "replace" method to
set the current YEAR in the footer copyright message. The code is:</p>
&lt;span py:replace="now.strftime('%Y')"&gt;
</pre>and it uses the variable "now" that was passed in with the dictionary of variables.
But because "now" is a datetime object, we can use the Python <code>"strftime()"</code>
method with the "replace" call to say "Just Display The Year Here". Simple, elegant; we
format the date display in the template (the View in the Model/View/Controller
architecture) rather than formatting it in the Controller method and sending it to the
template as a string variable.
<p><strong><span class="label label-info">master.html</span></strong> - The
"master.html" template is called last, by design. The "master.html" template
controls the overall design of the page we're looking at, calling first the
"header" py:def macro, then the putting everything from this "about.html"
template into the "main_content" div, and then calling the "footer" macro at
the end. Thus the "master.html" template provides the overall architecture for
each page in this site.</p>
<p>But why then shouldn't we call it first? Isn't it the most important?
Perhaps, but that's precisely why we call it LAST. The "master.html" template
needs to know where to find everything else, everything that it will use in
py:def macros to build the page. So that means we call the other templates
first, and then call "master.html".</p>
<p>There's more to the "master.html" template... study it to see how the
&lt;title&gt; tags and static JS and CSS files are brought into the page.
Templating with Genshi is a powerful tool and we've only scratched the surface.
There are also a few little CSS tricks hidden in these pages, like the use of a
"clearingdiv" to make sure that your footer stays below the sidebars and always
looks right. That's not TG2 at work, just CSS. You'll need all your skills to
build a fine web app, but TG2 will make the hard parts easier so that you can
concentrate more on good design and content rather than struggling with
{% if tg.auth_stack_enabled %}
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<h3>Authentication &amp; Authorization in a TG2 site.</h3>
<p>If you have access to this page, this means you have enabled authentication
and authorization in the quickstart to create your project.</p>
<p>The paster command will have created a few specific controllers for you. But
before you go to play with those controllers you'll need to make sure your
application has been properly bootstapped. This is dead easy, here is how to do
<pre>paster setup-app development.ini</pre>
<p>inside your application's folder and you'll get a database setup (using the
preferences you have set in your development.ini file). This database will also
have been prepopulated with some default logins/passwords so that you can test
the secured controllers and methods.</p>
<p>To change the comportement of this setup-app command you just need to edit
the <code></code> file.</p>
<p>Now try to visiting the <a href=
"{{tg.url('/manage_permission_only')}}">manage_permission_only</a> URL. You will
be challenged with a login/password form.</p>
<p>Only managers are authorized to visit this method. You will need to log-in
<pre>login: manager
password: managepass</pre>
<p>Another protected resource is <a href=
"{{tg.url('/editor_user_only')}}">editor_user_only</a>. This one is protected by
a different set of permissions. You will need to be <code>editor</code> with a
password of <code>editpass</code> to be able to access it.</p>
<p>The last kind of protected resource in this quickstarted app is a full so
called <a href="{{tg.url('/secc')}}">secure controller</a>. This controller is
protected globally. Instead of having a @require decorator on each method, we
have set an allow_only attribute at the class level. All the methods in this
controller will require the same level of access. You need to be manager to
access <a href="{{tg.url('/secc')}}">secc</a> or <a href=
{% endif %}
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