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version 1.0 on Jan 5th, 2011


This package provides a global way to retrieve the currently active request object in a zope-based web framework. To do so you simply need to do the following:

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from zope.globalrequest import getRequest request = getRequest()

This package is mainly intended to be used with the Zope2/Plone stack. While it also works with the Zope3 framework, the latter promotes a clean separation of concerns and the pattern of having a globally available request object is discouraged.

Functional Tests

The remainder of this file contains functional tests to demonstrate that the package works as intended.

First we need to define a browser view along with an interface for a utility that will be used by that view:

>>> from zope.interface import Interface
>>> class IFoo(Interface):
...     """ interface for a foo-ish utility """
...     def foo():
...         """ return some foo """
>>> from zope.publisher.browser import BrowserPage
>>> from zope.component import queryUtility
>>> class FooView(BrowserPage):
...    """ a browser view """
...    def __call__(self, *args, **kw):
...        foo = queryUtility(IFoo, default=None)
...        if foo is not None:
...            return foo.foo()
...        else:
...            return 'sif!'

Unfortunately the view class cannot be directly imported from here, i.e. relatively, so we have to make it available from somewhere else in order to register it:

>>> from zope.globalrequest import tests
>>> tests.FooView = FooView
>>> zcml("""
... <configure
...     xmlns="http://namespaces.zope.org/zope"
...     xmlns:browser="http://namespaces.zope.org/browser">
...   <include package="zope.app.publisher" file="meta.zcml" />
...   <browser:page
...     name="foo"
...     for="*"
...     class="zope.globalrequest.tests.FooView"
...     permission="zope.Public" />
... </configure>
... """)

Next let's make sure our test view actually works:

>>> from zope.testbrowser.testing import Browser
>>> browser = Browser()
>>> browser.open('http://localhost/@@foo')
>>> browser.contents

The view tries to query for a utility and use it to "calculate" it's response, so let's define one:

>>> from zope.interface import implements
>>> from zope.globalrequest import getRequest
>>> class Foo(object):
...     implements(IFoo)
...     def foo(self):
...         request = getRequest()
...         if request:
...             name = request.get('name', 'n00b')
...         else:
...             name = 'foo'
...         return 'y0 %s!' % name

Again, the utility class and interface cannot be directly imported from here, so let's also make them available from somewhere else in order to register utility:

>>> tests.Foo = Foo
>>> tests.IFoo = IFoo
>>> zcml("""
... <configure xmlns="http://namespaces.zope.org/zope">
...   <include package="zope.component" file="meta.zcml" />
...   <utility
...     factory="zope.globalrequest.tests.Foo"
...     provides="zope.globalrequest.tests.IFoo" />
... </configure>
... """)

Rendering the view again should now give us the default value provided by the utility:

>>> browser.reload()
>>> browser.contents
'y0 foo!'

Up to now the request hasn't been stored for us yet, so let's hook up the necessary event subscribers and try that again:

>>> zcml("""
... <configure xmlns="http://namespaces.zope.org/zope">
...   <include package="zope.component" file="meta.zcml" />
...   <include package="zope.globalrequest" />
... </configure>
... """)

Now we should get the request and therefore the fallback value from the form lookup:

>>> browser.reload()
>>> browser.contents
'y0 n00b!'

If we now provide a request value we should be greeted properly:

>>> browser.open('?name=d4wg!')
>>> browser.contents
'y0 d4wg!!'

Once the request has been processed, it should not be available anymore:

>>> print getRequest()

1.0 - Released August 7, 2010

  • Fix test setup regarding zope.securitypolicy.

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1.0a2 - Released January 17, 2009

  • Update documentation to clarify the intentions of this package. Also see

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http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.comp.web.zope.devel/18023 for more information. [witsch]

1.0a1 - Released January 15, 2009

  • Initial release

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