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Easy to use django serverpush solution

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django-serverpush

Easy to use server push solution, highly integrated with django.

Requirements

  • Django
  • Tornadio2

Introduction

For any django view, you can define an update function by just naming it the same as view function and appending "_update".

Lets say we have a view called hello that says hello to the user:

def hello(request):
  return HttpResponse('Hey, %s!' % request.user.username)

Now we can define hello_update that returns what types of updates should affect this page, and how will it be serialized:

  • We can use default serializer and just define what fields we need:

    def hello_update(request):
      return [{'name':'username_change', 'model':User, 'params':{'pk':request.user.pk}, 'data':{'username':'object.username'}}]
    

    But then we have to write a special bit of JavaScript to handle this:

    $(document).bind('serverpush_username_change', function(event, data) {
      $('body').html('Hey, ' + data.username + '!');
    });
    
  • We can write a custom serializer:

    def hello_update(request):
        # 'data' parameter is optional, and it is directly passed to the serializer
        return [{'name':'reload', 'model':User, 'params':{'pk':request.user.pk}, 'serializer':hello_update_serializer}]
    
    def hello_update_serializer(request, user, data):
        return 'Hey, %s!' % user.username
    

    And now we can either have a special JS for every page, or we can generalize them a bit, and have just one or a few (name in the update function is name for the JavaScript event).

    $(document).bind('serverpush_reload', function(event, data) {
      $('body').html(data);
    });
    

    In this example I called it reload, because all it does is swapping the HTML.

  • Or we can just use hello view function for serializing:

    def hello_update(request):
      return [{'name':'reload', 'model':User, 'params':{'pk':request.user.pk}, 'serializer':'hello'}]
    

    And change hello header a bit:

    def hello(request, user=None, data=None):
    

    And have one general JavaScript for the whole site / updates like that (of course we can mix all three types of updates):

    $(document).bind('serverpush_reload', function(event, data) {
      $('body').html(data);
    });
    

Why django-serverpush?

Because it's super easy to use, and requires very little additional code to transform a traditional django application.

Installation

  1. Install this package

    sudo python setup.py install
    
  2. Update settings.py

    Add "serverpush" to INSTALLED_APPS and "serverpush.client.context_processor" to TEMPLATE_CONTEXT_PROCESSORS. Also add the following constants:

    SERVERPUSH_PORT = 8013
    SERVERPUSH_NOTIFIER_PORT = 8014
    SERVERPUSH_GLOBALS = ()
    
  3. Add a timestamp div to your template (for history to work)

    <div id="generated_timestamp" style="display:none">
      {{ generated_timestamp }}
    </div>
    
  4. Run it by calling ./manage.py runserverpush

Running Demo

  1. Create sqlite file

    ./manage.py syncdb
    
  2. Run django development server

    ./manage.py runserver
    
  3. Run serverpush server

    ./manage.py runserverpush
    
  4. Navigate to localhost:8000 in multiple browsers/windows/tabs and observe the counter

Browser support

It's based on socket.io, so it should work in all major browsers. Currently there are problems with opera (because it doesn't allow cross port XHR, and JSONP makes it "load"), but I'm working on resolving them. Simple solution would be to proxy XHR.

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