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Created Apr 9, 2013
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MultiFormView for handling multiple forms in a Django CBV with a little more ease...
The following mixins and views are borrowed and adapted from the following
from functools import partial
from django.views.generic.base import TemplateResponseMixin
from django.views.generic.edit import ProcessFormView, FormMixin
class MultipleFormsMixin(FormMixin):
A mixin that provides a way to show and handle several forms in a
request. Forms are provided in the class attribute *form_classes* which
provides a mapping of form names to form classes. The form name is used
as identifier and automatically put into the context when calling
Providing keyword arguments for the forms uses ``get_form_kwargs`` by
default for every form class. For convenience, adding specific keywords
to an individiual form is also possible by calling the
``get_<form_key>_kwargs``, e.g. for a form class with key *basket_form*,
you would call ``get_basket_form_kwargs``.
It is also easy to get an individual form instance by calling either
``get_form`` with the *key* as argument or the corresponding
``get_basket_form()`` method for convenience. To prevent instantiating
the forms multiple times throughout the request cycle, the form instances
are cached on the instance. If ``get_form`` is called and the instance
are not populated, yet, all forms are instantiated and cached before
returning the requested form instance.
form_classes = {} # set the form classes as a mapping
# we are caching instatiated forms here to make sure that we can get
# individual instances from forms easier and don't have to worry about
# instantiating them multiple times through out the course of a
# request cycle.
_cached_forms = {}
def get_form_classes(self):
return self.form_classes
def get_forms(self, form_classes):
if self._cached_forms:
return self._cached_forms
self._cached_forms = {}
for key, form_class in form_classes.items():
kwargs = getattr(self, 'get_{0}_kwargs'.format(key),
self._cached_forms[key] = form_class(**kwargs)
return self._cached_forms
def __getattr__(self, name):
form_key = name.replace('get_', '')
if form_key in self.form_classes:
return partial(self.get_form, form_key)
return super(MultipleFormsMixin, self).__getattr__(name)
def get_form(self, key):
if not self._cached_forms:
return self._cached_forms[key]
def get_context_data(self, **kwargs):
kwargs = super(MultipleFormsMixin, self).get_context_data(**kwargs)
return kwargs
def forms_valid(self, forms):
return super(MultipleFormsMixin, self).form_valid(forms)
def forms_invalid(self, forms):
return self.render_to_response(self.get_context_data(forms=forms))
class ProcessMultipleFormsView(ProcessFormView):
A mixin that processes multiple forms on POST. Every form must be
validation_results = {}
def validate_forms(self, forms):
Validate forms against each other in here. This should return a
dictionary of validation result with *form_key* and validation result.
return {}
def is_form_valid(self, form_key):
Get the validation result for the given *form_key*. This requires the
validation to be run previously.
return self.validation_results.get(form_key)
def check_forms_are_valid(self, forms):
self.validation_results = {}
for form_key, form in forms.items():
self.validation_results[form_key] = form.is_valid()
# allow for cross-form validation and update the validation resuts
return all(self.validation_results.values())
def get(self, request, *args, **kwargs):
form_classes = self.get_form_classes()
forms = self.get_forms(form_classes)
return self.render_to_response(self.get_context_data(forms=forms))
def post(self, request, *args, **kwargs):
form_classes = self.get_form_classes()
forms = self.get_forms(form_classes)
if self.check_forms_are_valid(forms):
return self.forms_valid(forms)
return self.forms_invalid(forms)
class BaseMultipleFormsView(MultipleFormsMixin, ProcessMultipleFormsView):
A base view for displaying several forms.
class MultipleFormsView(TemplateResponseMixin, BaseMultipleFormsView):
A view for displaing several forms, and rendering a template response.

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@codeinthehole codeinthehole commented Apr 12, 2013

Is it a good idea having mutable defaults for class attributes (eg _cached_forms = {})? This isn't generally thread-safe as the same attribute is shared by all instances within the process. It perhaps isn't an issue in this implementation but I think it would be better to set them to None by default.


  • For me, the method check_forms_are_valid should be called are_forms_valid.
  • Does that implementation of forms_valid work? It seems strange to pass a dict of forms to form_valid.
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