Hooking Lamson Into Django

This is a short document because using Django ORM is very simple from Lamson. The trick is to fake out Django so that when you import the Django model into Lamson, the Django model knows where it’s living and will operate. We’ll go through an “integration” step by step.

Step 1: Make Your Django App Work

There’s no point in trying to import an ORM that doesn’t work. So get it working,
maybe write some tests.

An important thing is that you should be able to run python manage.py shell and import
your model without problems.

Step 2: Fake Out Django

You then have to put an environment variable in your Lamson config/settings.py file before
you load any Django Models:

os.environ['DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE’] = 'webapp.settings’

This is from the librelist.com examples, where the Django
models are in webapp so we our settings module from Lamson perspective is webapp.settings.

Step 3: Use The Django Models

After that, you can just import your models however you want. Here’s an example of
Librelist using a Django Model to store confirmations:


from webapp.librelist.models import Confirmation

class DjangoConfirmStorage(): def clear(self): Confirmation.objects.all().delete()

def get(self, target, from_address): confirmations = Confirmation.objects.filter(from_address=from_address, list_name=target) if confirmations: return confirmations0.expected_secret, confirmations0.pending_message_id else: return None, None def delete(self, target, from_address): Confirmation.objects.filter(from_address=from_address, list_name=target).delete() def store(self, target, from_address, expected_secret, pending_message_id): conf = Confirmation(from_address=from_address, expected_secret = expected_secret, pending_message_id = pending_message_id, list_name=target) conf.save()

Well, That Wasn’t Too Hard

The only thing you’ll have to contend with is where code you need to use these models
lives. Since it’s all Python, you can just import what you need, but my recommendation
is to focus most of your model code into your Django application, and then only put
a small amount into Lamson.

For more information, look in the Lamson source releases to see how
Django is used in the examples/librelist code.