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breakdown 1.0.7

Lightweight jinja2 template prototyping server

Latest Version: 1.0.9

Description

Breakdown is a lightweight python webserver that parses jinja2 templates. It's intended to be used by designers for doing rapid prototyping.

Basic Usage

Breakdown needs a templates directory and a static directory to serve from. If your working directory contains these, you can simply run breakdown with no arguments:

$ breakdown

Or, you can specify the path to a directory containing templates and static:

$ breakdown /path/to/project

Breakdown will also work with a django project structure. If the project path contains an apps directory, breakdown will automatically detect this and combine the static and templates directories for each django app. You'll also get a listing of the directories it found. Here's the output of running breakdown on a django project with two apps: 'mainsite' and 'blog':

$ breakdown ~/django/myproject
Serving templates from:
  /Users/josh/django/myproject/apps/blog/templates
  /Users/josh/django/myproject/apps/mainsite/templates

Serving static data from:
  /Users/josh/django/myproject/apps/blog/static
  /Users/josh/django/myproject/apps/mainsite/static

Template Context Objects

You can define values for template variables by supplying a json dictionary for each page.

When loading a template, breakdown will attempt to load a json dictionary of the same name from the context directory (context by default) and add it to the page context. For example, when loading blog/article_detail.html breakdown will look for <project root>/context/blog/article_detail.json.

For all pages, breakdown also attempts to load <project root>/context/base.json. Any values defined here will be available on all pages, and will be overridden by any of the same name defined in individual page context objects.

For example, if we define base.json like this:

{
 "request": {
    "user": {
         "name":"Austin",
         "member": "Member #4812"
     }
 },
 "object": {
    "id": 555,
    "title": "Excellent Blog Post"
 }
}

then request and object become available to all templates, and {{request.user.name}} yields Austin.

You can specify a function by adding a key with trailing parentheses:

{
 "request": {
    "user": {
         "name":"Austin",
         "is_authenticated()": true,
         "birth_year()": 1982,
         "middle_name()": "David",
         "member": "Member #4812"
     }
 }
}

The trailing parentheses are removed, and now {{request.user.is_authenticated()}} returns True. Functions defined in this way ignore any arguments and return the value specified in the json dictionary. {{request.user.is_authenticated(arg1, arg2, arg3)}} also returns True. However, these functions cannot be used without parentheses and {{request.user.is_authenticated}} prints something like at 0x101f32f50>.

If you define a __unicode__ or __unicode__() key, its value will be used when referencing its enclosing object directly. With a context object such as either:

{
  "request": {
    "user": {
         "name":"Austin",
         "__unicode__": "User named Austin"
     }
 }
}

or:

{
  "request": {
    "user": {
         "name":"Austin",
         "__unicode__()": "User named Austin"
     }
 }
}

referencing {{request.user}} will yield User named Austin.

Breakdown does not support full context object inheritance, but top-level values defined for individual pages override those defined in base.json. If you define <project root>/context/blog/article_detail.json like this:

{
  "blog": {
    "title": "Skiing Blog"
  },
  "request": {
    "user": {
      "name": "Josh"
    }
  }
}

then in /blog/article_detail.html a reference to {{request.user.name}} will print Josh, {{request.user.birth_year}} is blank, and {{request.user}} yields {u'name': u'Josh'}.

Viewing Templates

Once breakdown is running, it will print the local URL the webserver is listening on:

Server running at http://127.0.0.1:5000 ...

You can now view templates in your browser by navigating to http://127.0.0.1:5000. However, you won't see anything here unless one of your template directories contains a file named index.html. The URL of any template (besides index.html) will be identical to its filename, with all relative paths preserved. Below is an example of template filenames and their corresponding URL on the local server:

Template URL
index.html http://127.0.0.1:5000/
article.html http://127.0.0.1:5000/article
blog/index.html http://127.0.0.1:5000/blog
blog/post.html http://127.0.0.1:5000/blog/post

Note: The server will accept template URLs with or without .html appended to them

Additional Features

Template tags

For convenience, A few template functions have been added to the jinja2 template API:

{{ greeking() }}

Generates a block of randomized lorem ipsum text marked-up with various HTML elements: <em>, <strong>, <code>, <a>, <ol>, and <ul>.

{{ image(width, height) }}

If you have PIL installed, you can use this function to generate an <img> tag with a sample image of the specified size (without PIL, the width/height are ignored and you get a large sample image)

{{ url(*args, **kwargs) }}

Ignores all arguments and returns '#'.

CleverCSS

Breakdown also supports automatic CleverCSS parsing. If the file foo.css is requested and not found, breakdown will then look for a matching foo.clevercss and compile it to vanilla css on the fly.

Export mode

Breakdown can run in an alternate export mode which dumps all of the rendered templates to a directory that you specify. It also collects all of your static files (similar to djangos collectstatic command) to a static/ directory. This mode can be enabled with -e and a path to export to; e.g.: breakdown -e output

NOTE: If you want to be able to browse the exported content from the file system directly, you should make sure that your links to other templates end with '.html'

Advanced

Command line options:
-h, --help show this help message and exit
-p PORT, --port=PORT
 run server on an alternate port (default is 5000)
-m, --media treat MEDIA_URL as STATIC_URL in templates
-v, --version display the version number and exit
-c DIR, --context_dir_name=DIR
 set the directory name for context object files (default is context)
-e DIR, --export=DIR
 export HTML to directory instead of running server
 
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