Basic View (with Login/Logout)

We have now completed our project setup, the next step is to actually use JQuery Mobile to create some views. The jqm project simply provides a number of templates that can be used to quickly get your jqm site up and running with the content-distribution-network hosted jqm sources. These templates are fairly basic in their design, they use the default jqm styles to produce a generic layout.

We’ll set up the DB so that Django will start up:

$ DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE=tutorial.settings syncdb
$ DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE=tutorial.settings runserver 0:8080

URL Configuration and Login/Logout Support

Our first view will be a fairly generic landing page with a bit of text and a “call to arms” in the form of a button to view a login-protected page (since we only have a single page at the moment, this will currently be our front-page as well). Since we need the page to show up as the root page, we’ll add a reference to the project We’ll also enable a login and logout page with a url mapping:

from django.conf.urls.defaults import patterns, include, url
urlpatterns = patterns('',
    # Examples:
    url(r'^/?$', 'tutorial.views.home', name='home'),

            template_name = 'jqm/login.html',
            template_name = 'jqm/logout.html',


Pay particular attention to the names used, the django-jqm templates use named url references for generating login/logout buttons and the like. The actual views used are the built-in login/logout views from the django auth framework.

A Generic View (for Now)

And then we will add the home view to our views module (we could, instead, use a generic view here, but you are likely going to want to customize this view later):

from django.shortcuts import render_to_response
from django.template import RequestContext as RC

def home( request ):
    return render_to_response(
        context_instance = RC( request, {} ),

A JQM-derived Template

And create the templates folder for our project templates:

$ mkdir tutorial/templates

our view is currently just rendering the template index.html which extends the jqm/simple.html base template:

{% extends "jqm/simple.html" %}
{% block title %}A Landing Page{% endblock %}
{% block content %}
{% if user.is_anonymous %}
    <p>Obviously you love this site, why don't you log in and stay a while?</p>
    <a data-role="button" href="{% url login %}">Log In</a>
{% else %}
    <p>Contratulations on logging in, we love visitors, but we currently have nothing to show you!</p>
{% endif %}
{% endblock %}

The Results

At this point, we can run our development server:

$ DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE=tutorial.settings runserver 0:8080

and check out the web-site at:


where we can see this (approximately):

_images/generic-page1.png _images/generic-page2.png _images/generic-page3.png _images/generic-page4.png

You will note that the page transition from the call to arms page and the initial login page is a “slide” animation (the default for JQuery Mobile), while the transition on submitting from the login page is a regular web-page reload. This is because the login page, as with most form-handling pages, uses a redirct-on-success operation. JQuery Mobile currently does not have a way to handle a redirected form properly, so our login template tells the login form to use regular page-loading rather than a JQuery Mobile brokered AJAX submission of the form content.

You will also note that the logout button shows/hides the “Logout:” text as the window is wider/narrower. This is done with a CSS Media Query. You will need to understand those to be able to customize your mobile web-apps.

You may want to continue on to An (HTML5) Form View.

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