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newforms-admin: Added documentation on formsets.

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@@ -369,3 +369,95 @@ There are a couple of things to note, however.
Chances are these notes won't affect you unless you're trying to do something
tricky with subclassing.
+Model Formsets
+Similar to regular formsets there are a couple enhanced formset classes that
+provide all the right things to work with your models. Lets reuse the
+``Author`` model from above::
+ >>> from django.newforms.models import modelformset_factory
+ >>> AuthorFormSet = modelformset_factory(Author)
+This will create a formset that is capable of working with the data associated
+to the ``Author`` model. It works just like a regular formset::
+ >>> formset = AuthorFormSet()
+ >>> print formset
+ <input type="hidden" name="form-TOTAL_FORMS" value="1" id="id_form-TOTAL_FORMS" /><input type="hidden" name="form-INITIAL_FORMS" value="0" id="id_form-INITIAL_FORMS" />
+ <tr><th><label for="id_form-0-name">Name:</label></th><td><input id="id_form-0-name" type="text" name="form-0-name" maxlength="100" /></td></tr>
+ <tr><th><label for="id_form-0-title">Title:</label></th><td><select name="form-0-title" id="id_form-0-title">
+ <option value="" selected="selected">---------</option>
+ <option value="MR">Mr.</option>
+ <option value="MRS">Mrs.</option>
+ <option value="MS">Ms.</option>
+ </select></td></tr>
+ <tr><th><label for="id_form-0-birth_date">Birth date:</label></th><td><input type="text" name="form-0-birth_date" id="id_form-0-birth_date" /><input type="hidden" name="form-0-id" id="id_form-0-id" /></td></tr>
+.. note::
+ One thing to note is that ``modelformset_factory`` uses ``formset_factory``
+ and by default uses ``can_delete=True``.
+Changing the queryset
+By default when you create a formset from a model the queryset will be all
+objects in the model. This is best shown as ``Author.objects.all()``. This is
+ >>> formset = AuthorFormSet(queryset=Author.objects.filter(name__startswith='O'))
+Alternatively, you can use a subclassing based approach::
+ from django.newforms.models import BaseModelFormSet
+ class BaseAuthorFormSet(BaseModelFormSet):
+ def get_queryset(self):
+ return super(BaseAuthorFormSet, self).get_queryset().filter(name__startswith='O')
+Then your ``BaseAuthorFormSet`` would be passed into the factory function to
+be used as a base::
+ >>> AuthorFormSet = modelformset_factory(Author, formset=BaseAuthorFormSet)
+Saving objects in the formset
+Similar to a ``ModelForm`` you can save the data into the model. This is done
+with the ``save()`` method on the formset::
+ # create a formset instance with POST data.
+ >>> formset = AuthorFormSet(request.POST)
+ # assuming all is valid, save the data
+ >>> instances =
+The ``save()`` method will return the instances that have been saved to the
+database. If an instance did not change in the bound data it will not be
+saved to the database and not found in ``instances`` in the above example.
+You can optionally pass in ``commit=False`` to ``save()`` to only return the
+model instances without any database interaction::
+ # don't save to the database
+ >>> instances =
+ >>> for instance in instances:
+ ... # do something with instance
+ ...
+This gives you the ability to attach data to the instances before saving them
+to the database.
+Using ``inlineformset_factory``
+The ``inlineformset_factory`` is a helper to a common usage pattern of working
+with related objects through a foreign key. Suppose you have two models
+``Author`` and ``Book``. You want to create a formset that works with the
+books of a specific author. Here is how you could accomplish this::
+ >>> from django.newforms.models import inlineformset_factory
+ >>> BookFormSet = inlineformset_factory(Author, Book)
+ >>> author = Author.objects.get(name=u'Orson Scott Card')
+ >>> formset = BookFormSet(instance=author)
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