Easy to use tables API for Django

pip install sheepdog-tables==1.2.0


Sheepdog Tables API

This API helps with quick and easy table creation. It allows for displaying of model data, arbitrary data, annotated data, and the like. It also allows for simple CSV exporting via a CSV export view.

The codebase is well documented, and each class should have a relevant docstring.


Install the python package using pip

$ pip install sheepdog-tables

Install javascript dependencies

Example Bower configuration with supported versions of javascript dependencies.

    "name": "my_project",
    "version": "0.0.0",
    "dependencies": {
        "bootstrap": "3.0.1",
        "backbone": "1.0.0",
        "underscore": "1.4.4"

JS is written in coffeescript, and we suggest using a project like django-compressor to compress your static files and compile the coffeescript on your behalf.

$ pip install django-compressor==1.3
<script type="text/javascript" src="{% static "bower/jquery/jquery.min.js" %}"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="{% static "tables/js/" %}"></script>

<!-- To enable filtering -->
<script type="text/javascript" src="{% static "bower/underscore/underscore.js" %}"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="{% static "bower/backbone/backbone.js" %}"></script>
<script type="text/coffeescript" src="{% static "tables/js/" %}"></script>

<!-- Event binding for sorting, pagination, etc. -->
<script type="text/coffeescript" src="{% static "tables/js/" %}"></script>

Starting Points

A few things should be noted for this API. The primary mixin to add a table to a page is TablesMixin. The corresponding template is found in tables/tables.html. The mixin should be mixed in to a class based view inheriting from a ListView. It's get_context_data method should be run after the ListView's same function.

Each table is to be declared as class parameters. For example, if I have two tables, Table1 and Table2, we could have a class that looks like this:

class MyView(TablesMixin, ListView):
    table_1 = Table1()
    table_2 = Table2()

    def get_context_data(self, **kwargs):
        context = ListView.get_context_data(self, **kwargs)
        context.update(TablesMixin.get_context_data(self, **kwargs)

The table class works similarly to models. Full docs for that are in it's class doc string.

Good practice with this API

The general rules of Django and Python apply to the application of this API. Generally, it is a good idea to have all of your tables for your application in a file, and columns in their own separate file, just like one would do for forms and fields.