Ports and Adapters in python - part three

Posted on Sun 12 June 2016

Next part of my application will be module for saving links to read them later.

In the last post, I made a reddit search view for the specific keyword that display results to the user. To save them to read later I need database representation of link from reddit:

from django.db import models

class RedditLink(models.Model):
    title = models.CharField(max_length=250)
    is_favourite = models.BooleanField(default=False)

    def save(self, *args, **kwargs):
        if self.is_favourite:
            super(RedditLink, self).save(*args, **kwargs)

I made my own save because I only need links that are favorite in my database. In addition, I have multiple reddit links on my search page to save. So how to handle multiple forms of the same model in django? The answer is to use Fromset. What is it? It is module provided by django for creation multiple forms. How to use it? Look at forms.py:

from django import forms
from .models import RedditLink

RedditAddToFavouritesFormset = forms.modelformset_factory(
    fields=('title', 'is_favourite'),

I used something called forms.modelformset_factory which is a function to produce fromset from model. So I provided model name with fields to calling this function. What is more, I add additional argument extra for creating more than one form in formset. How to use newly created RedditAddToFavouritesFormset? In views:

from django.views.generic import CreateView
from django.http import HttpResponseRedirect
from django.core.urlresolvers import reverse_lazy
from .forms import RedditAddToFavouritesFormset

class RedditAddToFavourites(CreateView):
    template_name = 'search/index.html'
    success_url = reverse_lazy('main_page')

    def post(self, request, *args, **kwags):
        reddit_links_formset = RedditAddToFavouritesFormset(request.POST)
        if reddit_links_formset.is_valid():
            return HttpResponseRedirect(success_url)
            return self.render_to_response(

I write RedditAddToFavourites which is a subclass of CreateView. The main point for this view class is to create RedditLink instances from formset. So I override post method which is responsible for handling POST requests. At first I a create new instance of formset from the request. After validation if everything was filled in correctly by the user. If so I save formset and create entries in database. Then HttpResponseRedirect redirect user to main page. If validation was incorrect I rerender template with form errors. Thanks to that my search/index.html looks as follows:

{% if sucess %}
    <form method="post" action="{% url 'add_to_favourites' %}">{% csrf_token %}
            {{ reddit_links_formset }}
            <input type="submit" class="btn btn-primary" value="Favourite">
{% else %}

To insert values that are from search I have to instantiate formset with argument initial in search/views.py under get_context_data method:

reddit_links_formset = RedditAddToFavouritesFormset(
    initial=[{'title': title} for title in self.search_result[:5]]

And that all! Right now when user type query to search bar and click search he or she is redirected to page with 5 forms that have initial title set. After that user select favorite links and saves them to database. But I see a problem here: first, I only display for user 5 forms with data from search results and I want it more, but it is what I will be taking care of in next blog post.

I really appreciate every comment that you have! You can reach me in any way- just click icons at the bottom of this very page. Thank you for reading! Code for this you can find under this repo.

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