Thursday, December 6, 2018

Tonis asked some information about the internals of Lino.

We used a ticket detail as example.


The following snippets were tested using doctest docs/blog/2018/1206.rst

>>> from lino import startup
>>> startup("")
>>> from lino.api.doctest import *
>>> # lh =['detail'].get_layout_handle()

A layout is the “uncompiled” representation of a window.

>>> dl =
>>> rmu(dl.main)
'general more #history_tab #more2 #github.CommitsByTicket'

main is always a string. If it contains no newline, the layout will be rendered in extui3 using a TabPanel, otherwise using a simple FormPanel.

main is a “descriptor”, i.e. a space-separated list of names. Every name in a descriptor must either match an attribute of the layout or a data element of the underlying datasource.

If it matches an attribute of the layout, it can be either a string (i.e. another descriptor of a data element or a group thereof) or a layout panel (an instance of lino.core.layouts.Panel, not to be mixed up with Panel elements, see later).

In our example, general is a panel while general1a is just a simple (multiline) string descriptor.

>>> p = dl.general
>>> p  #doctest: +ELLIPSIS
<lino.core.layouts.Panel object at ...>
>>> print(p.options)
{'label': u'General'}
>>> print(p.desc)
    general1:60 comments.CommentsByRFC:30
>>> print(dl.general1a)  #doctest: +NORMALIZE_WHITESPACE
    summary id:6
    site ticket_type

The “handle” of a layout has been factored from a given layout by the front-end (extui3).

>>> lh =
>>> lh  #doctest: +ELLIPSIS
<lino.core.layouts.LayoutHandle object at ...>
>>> lh.main
<TabPanel main in on>
>>> lh.main.elements
(<Panel general_1 in on>, <Panel more in on>)

Before continuing we must set a “current user type” because methods like lino.utils.jsgen.Companent.walk() and lino.utils.jsgen.Companent.find_by_name() filter out elements for which the current user has no view permission.

>>> from lino.modlib.users.utils import set_user_profile
>>> robin  = rt.login("robin").get_user()
>>> set_user_profile(robin.user_type)
>>> def show(k):
...     e = lh.main.find_by_name(k)
...     print("width: {}, preferred_width: {}".format(e.width, e.preferred_width))
>>> show("summary")
width: None, preferred_width: 21
>>> show("id")
width: 6, preferred_width: 5
>>> show("general1a")
width: 30, preferred_width: 60

Note that for the general layout attribute there is no element because it becomes a panel:

>>> print(lh.main.find_by_name("general"))

Actually a panel is a special kind of element (a container) and is stored in it’s parent’s elements attribute:

>>> lh.main.elements
(<Panel general_1 in on>, <Panel more in on>)

Let’s have a look at the first tab panel:

>>> general_1 = lh.main.elements[0]

It has a label (all tab panels must have a label):

>>> print(general_1.get_label())

It contains two panels, one normal panel and one slave summary panel:

>>> general_1.elements
[<Panel general1_1 in on>, <SlaveSummaryPanel comments_CommentsByRFC in on>]

One field panel and one slave summary panel:

>>> pe = general_1.elements[0]

The “normal” panel contains itself again two subpanels

>>> len(pe.elements)
>>> pe = pe.elements[0]

Note that the __init__ of a Panel (element) has quite complex code to analyze its elements and to set certain attributes. This is quite extjs-focussed code.

>>> pe.vertical
>>> pe.vflex
>>> pe.width
>>> pe.preferred_width
>>> pe.height
>>> pe.preferred_height
>>> pe.value
{'hideCheckBoxLabels': True, u'layoutConfig': {'align': u'stretch'}, u'layout': u'vbox', 'flex': 50}

The value is adict with options. This is clearly for ExtJS-only (we should move this from core to extui3… but that might be some work and might cause nasty bugs). The value is used together with the value_template to generate JS code for the ExtJS component:

>>> pe.value_template
u'new Ext.Panel(%s)'

In lino.core.elems you have code like this which updates the value:

w = self.width or self.preferred_width
kw.update(width=js_code("Lino.chars2width(%d)" % (w + 1)))

Hamza is working on Lino Presto and asked where we can define a price for a product.