khufu_opinion 0.2.2

Set of paster templates for rapid Pyramid development

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What's new in khufu_opinion 0.2.2:

  • Renamed from RapidGiza to khufu_opinion
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Rocky Burt
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The khufu_opinion project provides a set of paster templates for rapid Pyramid development. It makes several framework choices for the developer which are:

 * Pyramid for the underlying web framework
 o traversal based url routing
 * Jinja2 for the page template language (similar to Django templates)
 * SQLAlchemy for ORM-based relational database persistence

Setting up a New Project

Install khufu_opinion into a Python environment (ie virtualenv) with a working Paster. Once this has been done, you can create a new khufu_opinion project by simply running (where Something is the name of your new egg):

paster create -t khufu_opinion Something

Once the template egg has been created you should set it up in develop mode to start working on your project.

cd Something
python develop

Using the New Project

Command Runner

By default a new script named something will be created in the bin directory of your python envionment. This script is a command runner that provides the following:

 runserver Run a reloadable development web server.


A development.ini file will be created inside the Something directory. This can be used with the standard paster commands:

# use builtin paster http server
paster serve development.ini

# use the pyramid pshell command
paster --plugin=pyramid pshell development.ini pyramid-Something

Deployment with Apache+mod_wsgi

There is a preconfigured Something.wsgi file generated which is necessary for plugging your app into a mod_wsgi environment.

A simple apache virtualhost entry will look like this:

< VirtualHost *:80 >

 WSGIScriptAlias / /path/to/Something.wsgi
< /VirtualHost >

Developing With the New Project

Base Framework

khufu_opinion is based on the Pyramid web application framework. As such, the Pyramid api will always be the go-to api for working with the web application. Please see the Pyramid docs for further details.


Any file ending with the .jinja2 extension located inside the Something/something/templates directory will be rendered using the Jinja2 templating system. This template language is based on the Django templating language.

khufu_opinion produces two template files by default, one containing the overall layout called, layout.jinja2 and one for the default main page called, main.jinja2.

Data Access

All data access is handled by the SQLAlchemy ORM framework which wraps relational databases. Out of the box, any new project created by khufu_opinion will have a SQLAlchemy database session factory setup.

khufu_opinion puts the orm model classes inside the Python file. The active database session can always be retrieved as the db attribute on the request object.

Transaction Support

Transactions are used to ensure all or nothing is performed. With the very useful repoze.tm2 and transaction packages this can be accomplished easily in Pyramid applications.

khufu_opinion ensures all requests join a new transaction so that if any error/exception occurs, the transaction is automatically rolled back. Any db sessions created via the provided session factory automatically join this transaction and will be rolled back in the event an error occurs.


The Pyramid web application framework provides a convenient mechanism to traverse an object graph and map that graph to url's. khufu_opinion stores it's traversal mechanism inside of the file.

Last updated on February 21st, 2011


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