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TG 0.9a4

Designing for a 'Large' Application

The default TG setup is a little more Pythonic than some web developers are used to, and doesn't lend itself well to a collaborative development environment that uses Subversion to enforce different permissions based on directory structure.

Most of this can be quickly alleviated with some design ideas.

The Controllers

There are 2 ways to split controllers up in TurboGears

The TG way

Introduced in TG 0.9a2 , the tgbig template adds a controllers package to the template.

The single file is then replaced with a controllers directory/package that consolidates the root level controllers intto controllers/

	tg-admin quickstart -t tgbig 


  • controllers/

The Other ways

Some people prefer an alternate approach. Several on the Newsgroup seemed to have implemented variations on the tgbig behaviour.

The FastTrack? way

In FastTrack?, a 'subcontrollers' directory was created reads as follows (abridged):

from subcontrollers.dashboard       import DashboardController     	
class Root(controllers.RootController): 	
    dashboard       = DashboardController()

subcontrollers/ reads:

from fasttrack.model        import Person, Project, status_codes
class DashboardController(identity.SecureResource):
    require = identity.not_anonymous()

Note that model needs to be specifically addressed by namespace when being imported.

Another way

This was posted to the Newsgroup by justi...@…

I renamed to - the idea being that this is just the _root_ controller. 
Next, I created a directory: controllers/ 
which contains things like: 
For then: 
from controllers.blog_controller import BlogController 
from controllers.forum_controller import ForumController 
from controllers.login_controller import LoginController 
from controllers.json_api_controller import JsonApiController 
class Root(controllers.RootController): 
    blog = BlogController() 
    forum = ForumController() 
    login = LoginController() 
    json_api = JsonApiController() 

If this method is used, the script must be altered to reference

The Difference Between the Two Approaches

The main difference between the approaches is that tgbig is more 'pythonic' -- controllers is a package, with being the main controller. The alternate methods are more simlar to other web frameworks: they keep controller(s).py as the main controller and mount a tree of controllers under it, much like a tree of directories on a web server.

Related Newsgroup Postings:

The Templates

The way to get templates into subdirectories seems to change based on TG revisions - I tried some tricks from the newsgroup (some people said import each template directly, others created controllers to juggle namspace issues) but none worked on 0.9a4.

What does work on 0.9a4 is this:

  • For any subdirectory in templates, 'touch' - TG/Kid/Cherrypy needs it (all versions)
  • For any template that inherits, use relative urls to the inherited document -- ie: py:extends="'master.kid'" should be py:extends="'../master.kid'".

The Benefits

Aside from cleaning up the files and letting a team work on components separately, you get the benefit of using SVN to indpendently manage permissions.


  • - commit to project lead
  • controllers/
    • - grant commit to Steve, who handles all the homepage stuff
    • - grant commit to Alice
  • templates/
    • homepage/ - grant commit to Steve
    • registration/ - grant commit to Geoff in the art department.