Why learn how to use a new framework?¶
You may be wondering why should you learn how to use a new forms framework if you already know how to use the CMF Form Controller Tool (Form Controller).
Why should you use a forms framework at all? You could always write your own HTML form snippets and use the request dictionary to retrieve and handle data.
The reason is simple: you’ll end up writing a lot of boilerplate code to collect, validate and build the response. It would be better if you could just define the fields and metadata of the form and re-use a set of base classes to do the repetitive work behind the scenes, i.e., a forms framework.
One of these frameworks is the Form Controller Tool, which is not bad, but has some disadvantages over formlib:
- First, the Form Controller spreads the form logic across several files so it can be hard to follow it.
- Second, the From Controller doesn’t handle the creation and display of the widgets, so you have to create them manually, what could become especially unmantainable when using choice-type fields.
- Last, the Form Controller doesn’t work with Zope 3 schema interfaces nor views. Using a Zope 3 schema can help you creating add and edit forms.
However, the Form Controller can be useful and even preferable when you need to implement a complex page flow, or if you want to customize Plone forms that use it; e.g. the ‘’Send this page to someone’’ form.
Beginning with Zope 2.9.3 (Plone 2.5) zope.formlib is being distributed with Zope 2. Five >= 1.4 is required to make use of this Zope 3 package.
Note: Where do I place the code?¶
You can place the code wherever you want: all in the same
file, each class in a file, in several directories,
utilities in a
file, etc. Just keep in mind two things:
- If you write several pieces of code (functions, classes) in separate files, remember to import them whenever you use them, as you would do in any other Python program.
The ZCML statements have to be placed into a file called
configure.zcmlin the root of your package, or in any other file included from it.
Said that, the author reccommends putting all the Python
code in a file named
in this tutorial to avoid confusion.