Monday, 29 March 2004
Python Just Got a Whole Lot Cooler
OK, so I know they’ve been around for a while, but I haven’t really got into Python’s metaclasses until just now, because I’ve been… well… busy.
One of the goals is making more information in Python declarative. To me, this means things similar to (but more elegant than) JSR175; the only thing we’re missing now is a good syntax for function attributes ( grumble, grumble).
Another interesting tidbit:
Class Construction — More use cases
* Load/create bases/methods/descriptors from non-python definitions:
* XML DTDs, VRML PROTOs, DB Connections, IDL
Can we say XML data binding?
My favourite code sample:
mnot-laptop:~> python Python 2.3 (#1, Sep 13 2003, 00:49:11) [GCC 3.3 20030304 (Apple Computer, Inc. build 1495)] on darwin Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information. >>> def functionalMeta(name, bases, dict): ... print "egads, how evil!" ... return type(name, bases, dict) ... >>> class R: ... __metaclass__ = functionalMeta ... egads, how evil! >>> type(R) <type 'type'>
Wow! You can fit a lot of magic in that little metaclass hook. I’m still getting my head around most of this, but I have plans, oh, yes, I have plans for them…