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Django Happy Urls
=================

This is early work. Expect very weird errors.
Comments/feedback is very welcome, use issues or twitter: https://twitter.com/oinopion

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Django has nice routing, but it's too low level. Regexps are powerful,
but have cryptic syntax. This library strives to make writing DRY
urls a breeze.

Consider a standard urls.py::

urlpatterns = patterns('blog.entries.views',
url(r'^$', 'recent_entries', name='entries_recent_entries'),
url(r'^new/$', 'new_entry', name='entries_new_entry'),
url(r'^(?P<entry_slug>[\w-]+)/$', 'show_entry', name='entries_show_entry'),
url(r'^(?P<entry_slug>[\w-]+)/edit/$', 'edit_entry', name='entries_edit_entry'),
url(r'^(?P<entry_slug>[\w-]+)/delete/$', 'delete_entry', name='entries_delete_entry'),
url(r'^(?P<entry_slug>[\w-]+)/comments/$', 'comments_list', name='entries_comments_list'),
url(r'^(?P<entry_slug>[\w-]+)/comments/(\d+)/$', 'comment_details', name='entries_comment_detail'),
)

It has many issues:

- you need to remember about the '^' and the '$'
- you repeat the entry_slug url
- you need to remember arcane named group syntax
- you repeat the [\\w-]+ group
- you associate name with urls conf

Better way of writing urls would be::

urlpatterns = hurl.patterns('blog.entries.views', [
('', 'recent_entries'),
('new', 'new_entry'),
('<entry_slug>', [
('', 'show_entry'),
('edit', 'edit_entry'),
('delete', 'delete_entry'),
('comments', 'comments_list'),
('comments/<:int>', 'comment_detail'),
]),
])

It conveys url structure more clearly, is much more readable and
avoids repetition. If your views don't rely on order, you can also use
dictionary like this::

urlpatterns = hurl.patterns('blog.entries.views', {
'show': 'show_entry',
'edit': 'edit_entry',
'delete': 'delete_entry',
})


How to use it
-------------

patterns (prefix, url_conf)

* prefix is same as in django.conf.url.patterns
* url_conf is either a dictionary or a list of 2-tuples
The key (in dict) or first element (tuple) is a url fragment,
value/second element can be one of: another url_conf, a string, an instance
of ViewSpec.

{
'show': 'blog.views.show_entry',
}
is equivalent to
[
('show', 'blog.views.show_entry'),
]

URL conf creates a tree of url fragments and generates a list
by joining each fragment with the "/"::

{
'entries': {
'edit': 'edit_entry',
'delete': 'delete_entry',
}
}

This will generate urls::

(r'^entries/edit/$', 'edit_entry')
(r'^entries/delete/$', 'delete_entry')


Url fragment may include multiple parameters in format::

'<parameter_name:parameter_type>'

parameter_name can be any python identifier
parameter_type must be one of default or defined matchers

If you have parameter_type same as parameter_name, you can skip
duplication and use shorter form::
'<int:int>' -> '<int>'


If you want to use default matcher also use shortcut::
'<blog_slug:slug>' -> '<blog_slug>'

If you don't want to define parameter name, leave it empty::

'<:int>' # will generate r'(\d+)'



Default Matchers
----------------

:slug:

r'[\w-]+'
This is the default matcher.

:int:

r'\d+'

:str:

r'[^/]+'

Custom Matchers
---------------

You can define your own matchers. Just instantiate Hurl and set::

import hurl
h = hurl.Hurl()
h.matchers['year'] = r'\d{4}'

urlpatterns = h.patterns('', {'<year>': 'year_archive'})

.. note::

When defining custom matchers use the 'patterns' method of your instance,
rather than function provided by module.

Names generation
----------------

Hurl will automatically generate view names for you. When provided with
view as string ('blog.views.show_entry') it will take last part after the dot.
When provided with function it will take the func_name of it::

def some_view(req):
pass

urlpatterns = hurl.patterns('', {
'show': 'blog.views.show_entry', # generates 'show_entry' name
'some': some_view, # generates 'some_view' name
})

You can also want to change the name use the 'v' function::

import hurl
urlpatterns = hurl.patterns('', {
'show': hurl.v('show_view', name='show'),
})

Includes
--------

If you want to include some other urlpatterns, use the `include` method::

import hurl
urlpatterns = hurl.patterns('', {
'shop': hurl.include('shop.urls'),
'blog': hurl.include('blog.urls'),
})


Mixing with pure Django urls
----------------------------

Hurl doesn't do anything special, it just generates plain old Django urls.
You can easily mix two APIs::

from django.conf.urls import url, include, patterns
import hurl

urlpatterns = patterns('', # plain Django
url(r'^hello/$
)


More examples
-------------

Django tutorial::

# original:
urlpatterns = patterns('',
(r'^articles/2003/$', 'news.views.special_case_2003', {}, 'news_special_case_2003'),
(r'^articles/(?P<year>\d{4})/$', 'news.views.year_archive', {}, 'news_year_archive'),
(r'^articles/(?P<year>\d{4})/(?P<month>\d{2})/$', 'news.views.month_archive', {}, 'news_month_archive'),
(r'^articles/(?P<year>\d{4})/(?P<month>\d{2})/(?P<day>\d{2})/$', 'news.views.article_detail', {}, 'news_article_detail'),
)

# hurled:
hurl = Hurl(name_prefix='news')
hurl.matchers['year'] = r'\d{4}'
hurl.matchers['month'] = r'\d{2}'
hurl.matchers['day'] = r'\d{2}'

urlpatterns = hurl.patterns('news.views', {
'articles': {
'2003': 'special_case_2003',
'<year>': 'year_archive',
'<year>/<month>': 'month_archive',
'<year>/<month>/<day>': 'article_detail',
}
})  
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