xross requires a few steps to serve you well.


Do not forget to add the xross application to INSTALLED_APPS in your settings file (usually ‘settings.py’).

Somewhere in your views.py:

from django.shortcuts import render
from xross.toolbox import xross_view, xross_listener  # That's all we need from xross.

def get_quote(request, vysotsky_only=False):
    """This function (operation in terms of xross) will be used by xross to get a random quote using AJAX.
    Note that this function could be used as an ordinary view also.

    if vysotsky_only:
        quote = ...  # Some random quote by Vladimir Vysotsky.
        quote = ...  # Some random quote by any author.
    return render(request, 'mytemplates/sub_quote.html', {'quote': quote})

def list_news(request):
    """This function (operation in terms of xross) will be used by xross to load news using AJAX.
    Note that this function could be used as an ordinary view too.

    news = ...  # Here we fetch some news from DB.
    return render(request, 'mytemplates/sub_news.html', {'news': news})

@xross_view(get_quote, list_news)  # Decorate your view - instruct xross to use `get_quote` and `list_news` when needed.
def index_page(request):
    """This is our view to streamline."""

    xross_listener()  # xross will handle AJAX calls from that moment.

    return render(request, 'mytemplates/index.html')

Now to your mytemplates/index.html. Here we work with xross in quite a declarative way:

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <!-- xross depends on jQuery. Include it. -->
    <script src="http://yandex.st/jquery/2.1.1/jquery.min.js"></script>

    <!-- Now xross itself. -->
    <script src="{{ STATIC_URL }}js/xross/xross.min.js"></script>
    <script type="text/javascript">
        xross.automate();  // Instruct xross to watch for page elements with `xross` class.
    <div id="list_news" class="xross">
            Contents of this div will be replaced with news from Django's `list_news()`
            automatically on page load.
            That's the default of xross, but it knows some other nice little tricks.
            Watch for one of those below.

        Now let's put here a button which adds a random quote (using `get_quote()`)
        into `quotes_here` div below when clicked.

        Notice that we use some `data-x` attributes to program desired xross behaviour (`x` prefix stands for `xross`):

            1. data-xvysotsky_only="true" - True will be passed into `vysotsky_only` keyword argument of `get_quotes()`;

            2. data-xtarget="quotes_here" - Defines a target html element (here a div with id `quotes_here`) to place quote into;

            3. data-xsuccess="append" - Defines an action to be performed by xross upon a target element.
               In this example we `append` a quote to `quotes_here`.

    <button id="get_quote" data-xvysotsky_only="true" data-xtarget="quotes_here" data-xsuccess="append">Get a quote ...</button>

    <div id="quotes_here">
            Click the above button and a quote by Vladimir Vysotsky will be placed here.



Note that every xross-related DOM element has an ID attribute.

And two very simple templates:


{% for item in news %}
        <div>{{ item.title }}</div>
        <div>{{ item.text }}</div>
{% endfor %}


    <blockquote>{{ quote.text }}</blockquote>
    <div><i>by {{ quote.author }}</i></div>