Example usage

Below is a fuller example of how to use a QuerySetSequence. Two similar, but not identical models exist (Article and Book):

class Author(models.Model):
    name = models.CharField(max_length=50)

    class Meta:
        ordering = ['name']

    def __str__(self):
        return self.name

class Article(models.Model):
    title = models.CharField(max_length=100)
    author = models.ForeignKey(Author)

    def __str__(self):
        return "%s by %s" % (self.title, self.author)

class Book(models.Model):
    title = models.CharField(max_length=50)
    author = models.ForeignKey(Author)
    release = models.DateField(auto_now_add=True)

    def __str__(self):
        return "%s by %s" % (self.title, self.author)

We’ll also want some data to illustrate how QuerySetSequence works:

# Create some data.
alice = Author.objects.create(name='Alice')
article = Article.objects.create(title='Dancing with Django', author=alice)

bob = Author.objects.create(name='Bob')
article = Article.objects.create(title='Django-isms', author=bob)
article = Book.objects.create(title='Biography', author=bob)

# Create some QuerySets.
books = Book.objects.all()
articles = Article.objects.all()

By wrapping a QuerySet of each into a QuerySetSequence they can be treated as a single QuerySet, for example we can filter to a particular author’s work, or alphabetize all all articles and books together.

# Combine them into a single iterable.
published_works = QuerySetSequence(books, articles)

# Find Bob's titles.
bob_works = published_works.filter(author=bob)
# Still an iterable.
print([w.title for w in bob_works])  # prints: ['Biography', 'Django-isms']

# Alphabetize the QuerySet.
published_works = published_works.order_by('title')
print([w.title for w in published_works])  # prints ['Biography', 'Dancing with Django', 'Django-isms']

Django REST Framework integration

django-querysetsequence comes with a custom CursorPagination class that helps integration with Django REST Framework. It is optimized to iterate over a QuerySetSequence first by QuerySet and then by the normal ordering configuration. This uses the optimized code-path for iteration that avoids interleaving the individual QuerySets.

To handle exceptions and filtering correctly, a model must be specified when creating the QuerySetSequence. Note that an abstract model may be used.

For example:

from queryset_sequence.pagination import SequenceCursorPagination

class PublicationPagination(SequenceCursorPagination):
    ordering = ['author', 'title']

class PublicationViewSet(viewsets.ModelViewSet):
    pagination_class = PublicationPagination

    def get_queryset(self):
        # This will return all Books first, then all Articles. Each of those
        # is individually ordered by ``author``, then ``title``.
        return QuerySetSequence(Book.objects.all(), Article.objects.all(), model=Book)