On Tue, Oct 18, 2011 at 10:14:56PM -0400, Nikolaus Rath wrote: [...]
I would much rather have something like this:
def my_fun(): allocate_res1() atreturn.register(cleanup_res1)
# do stuff allocate_res2() atreturn.register(cleanup_res2) # do stuff allocate_res3() atreturn.register(cleanup_res3) # do stuff return
Has the idea of implementing such "on return" handlers ever come up? Maybe there is some tricky way to do this with function decorators?
The "with" statement is a good answer. If for some reason you need to be compatible with version of Python so old it doesn't have it, then try the bzrlib.cleanup module in bzr. It implements the sort of API you describe above.
And there are times when an API like that might be nicer to use anyway, e.g. when you have conditional allocations like:
def foo(): res1 = allocate_res1() add_cleanup(res1.release) ... if cond: res2 = allocate_res2() add_cleanup(res2.release) res3 = allocate_res3() add_cleanup(res3.release) ... do_stuff()
And avoiding the cascading indents of multiple with statements can be nice too.