A small JavaScript utility library for use with Django projects
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README.rst
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README.rst

dutils - Django JS Utils

dutils is a small utility library that aims to provide JavaScript/Django developers with a few utilities that will help the development of RIA on top of a Django Backend.

Reversing Django Urls from Javascript

Why is this useful

One of the pillars of Django is DRY principle and hardcoding your urls in Javascript is violating that principle.

Moreover, building parametrized urls on the fly is error-prone and ugly.

What is included

A snippet of Javascript implementation of Django reverse function that can be found in dutils.js

A management command js_urls to generate a list of all of your Django urls

Installation

1. Add django_js_utils to your python path and add the django_js_utils application to your INSTALLED_APPS (if you want to use the management command)

2. Set the name of the file that will be generated by the management command in django_js_utils/settings.py. Default:

# Where to put the Javascript URL Routing file
URLS_JS_GENERATED_FILE='static/js/dutils.conf.urls.js'

The path is relative to the root of your Django project

3. Add dutils.js and urls routing Javascript file to every web page where you plan to use the reverse function (likely just include in your base.html template)

Usage

1. To generate a list of all available urls in the special format:

>>> python manage.js js_urls

To keep the list of urls up-to-date, it is recommended to include this command as part of the build process.

2. On the web page, reverse url as such:

>>> $.post(dutils.urls.resolve('time_edit', { project_id: 1, time_id: 2 }), ...

For more usage, see example.html

TO-DO

  1. Handle the unnamed Django urls that result in <> in urls.js file, but are not handled in Javascript resolver.
  2. Write unit tests
  3. Promote the code