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Useful tools for Django development.


This middleware will automatically find a template based on the request url and render it. Useful during early design stages to allow quick static pages to use the template system.

Add fusionbox.middleware.GenericTemplateFinderMiddleware to your MIDDLEWARE_CLASSES to activate.

Usage examples

  • / renders index.html
  • /foo/ renders /foo.html OR /foo/index.html OR /foo
  • This works for any directory depth


Behaviors are a DRY way of re-using common fields and methods on models. Behaviors function seamlessly through python inheritance and are fully configurable. Behaviors also support multi-inheritance so adding multiple behaviors to a single model is as easy as inheriting from each behavior you wish to add.

Standard Usage

from fusionbox.behaviors import TimeStampable

class Foo(TimeStampable):

This will add the fields created_at and updated_at to your Foo model.

Just as their names suggest, the model will have the following fields.

  • created_at => DateTimeField(auto_now_add=True)
  • updated_at => DateTimeField(auto_now=True)

Custom Configuration Usage

from fusionbox.behaviors import TimeStampable

class Foo(TimeStampable):
    class TimeStampable:
        created_at = "creation_date"
        updated_at = "date_updated"

This will add the same fields as in the standard usage, but the fields will instead be named creation_date and date_updated respectively


Put {% load fusionbox_tags %} in your template to use these.

{% higlight_here %}

This template tag will parse all anchor tags between higlight_here and endhighlight and add a class to the ones that are considered 'parents' of the current page's url. It takes an optional class name as an argument, defaulting to here.

Usage examples

    {% highlight_here %}
        <a href="/" class="home">/</a>
        <a href="/blog/">blog</a>
    {% endhighlight %}

    {% highlight_here big red %}
        <a href="/">/</a>
        <a href="/blog/">blog</a>
    {% endhighlight %}


require_PUT, require_DELETE - just like the built-in require_POST and require_GET decorators.

require_AJAX - uses django's request.is_ajax() method, returns HttpResponseBadRequest if the request is not an AJAX request.

def my_view(request):

require_JSON - makes sure that the Content-Type header is application/json, and parses the JSON if it is. Assigns the result to request.payload. If an error occurs, an HttpResponseBadRequest is returned.

def my_view(request):
    print request.payload
Something went wrong with that request. Please try again.