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Can I write a event-driven plugin for askbot?

I'm starting to look into how to get events out of an askbot installation. When a user posts a new question, or gets their question answered, or wins a badge.. (or anything else) ..I want to publish zeromq messages.

Thinking about it (and admittedly not having read much askbot or django code yet) leads me to believe writing some kind of event-based plugin would be the most straightforward. Alternatively, I could patch my hooks right into askbot's code base itself.. but that is not very easily maintainable. As askbot develops, I'll have to change my patches to keep pace (a pain!)

What methods for plugging-in exist? Could I write a layer of django middleware? Could I make a model extension that emits events when attributes on certain models change in certain ways?

Does anybody have any advice on which approaches to look into?

threebean's avatar
asked 2013-02-02 14:01:51 -0500
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Just a note: django signals looks like a pretty good mechanism for this:

threebean's avatar threebean (2013-02-02 14:28:10 -0500) edit
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We have some signals defined in askbot/models/ and we can add new. We should probably adjust names of those signals and document them. We did not give much thought to naming them properly.

Evgeny's avatar
answered 2013-02-02 14:40:14 -0500
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This worked very well. Here is my plugin:

threebean's avatar threebean (2013-02-02 22:26:39 -0500) edit

Feel free to develop and change those signals, btw. I don't mind updating my code to keep pace. Cheers and thanks again!

threebean's avatar threebean (2013-02-03 18:31:20 -0500) edit
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