DjangoKit gets better

DjangoKit suffered a hiatus recently due to a non-anticipated
hot beverage/keyboard intersection incident, but recently I’ve been able
to poke at it again, and I have it in a much more flexible state now. Although
the code itself is still scary and horrible, and I’m abusing distutils in
a way that’ll get me into trouble soon, it’s now installable. Once installed,
it can be used to turn any stand-alone Django application into a MacOS .app.

The best way of demonstrating this is with one of the two examples I
have in the source tree. The TODO application is utterly trivial, and
consists of only a model definition, an url dispatcher, and a template – I
use generic views to look at the todo items, and the admin interface to edit
them. I can now put a setup.py in the app folder with minimal application
information, and run

python setup.py py2app

And produce an application. The other example was built after I had this
working – it’s based on the wiki written by Paul Bissex that he was
kind enough to point me at in the comments on the last DjangoKit blog post.
The app itself needed tweaking slightly, but not for any DjangoKit-specific
reasons, and now I have a setup.py that turns the wiki into an application.

The response to the first release of the thing was interestingly mixed.
Some people were very enthusiastic, others either don’t see the point
of, or actively dislike, GUI applications written using HTML frameworks. I
think that, if I had to make a call, I’d be in the latter camp – there’s a
reason all my other GUI apps are written in PyObjC and not, say, wxPython.
I lose lots of portability, I gain much nicer-feeling apps. I just wanted
to know if I could do it. And it might come in useful for something..