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Another database migration script runner for Django projects.
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Nashvegas
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The purpose of this app is to enable a plug and play method for managing
database changes.

Database migrations is a large topic with a lot of different approaches.  This
approach worked well for my needs and maybe it will for you as well.


How to Use
----------

* pip install nashvegas
* Add the application to your INSTALLED_APPS list in your settings.py file.
* Execute the command line:

    $ ./manage.py upgradedb --create|--list|--execute


Options
-------

* ``--create`` - Compares database with current models in apps that are
                 installed and outputs the sql for them so that you can easily
                 pipe the contents to a migration.
* ``--list`` - Lists all the scripts that will need to be executed.
* ``--execute`` - Executes all the scripts that need to be executed.


Conventions
-----------

Part of the simplicity of this solution is based on the naming conventions of
the sql scripts.  They should be named in a manner that enforces order.  Some
examples include::

    YYYYMMDD-01.sql
    0001_short_comment_about_migration.sql
    0001.sql

The model, ``nashvegas.Migration`` will get synced into your database if it
doesn't exist when you go to execute any of the ``upgradedb`` commands.  In this
model the scripts that have been executed will be recorded, effectively
versioning your database.

In addition to sql scripts, ``--execute`` will also execute python scripts that
are in the directory.  This are run in filename order interleaved with the sql
scripts.  For example::

    0001.sql
    0002.py
    0003.sql

The Python script will be executed 2nd between ``0000.sql`` and ``0003.sql``. The
script will only be executed if the module contains a callable named ``migrate``.
It is a good idea to put all your executing code within a class or series of
functions or within a singe ``migrate()`` function so as to avoid code executing
upon import.

For example, your script might light like this if you need to update all your
product codes on next release::

    from store.models import Product
    
    def migrate():
        for product in Product.objects.all():
            product.code = "NEW-%s" % product.code
            product.save()


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