[Python-Dev] Re: new syntax for wrapping (PEP 318)

Phillip J. Eby pje at telecommunity.com
Fri Feb 27 09:10:45 EST 2004

At 11:25 AM 2/27/04 +0000, Alan Green wrote:
>Barry Warsaw <barry <at> python.org> writes:
> > Just what /is/ the contract for a decorator function?  Maybe that it
> > takes a function/method object and must return a descriptor?  I do think
> > this needs some clarification in the PEP.
>It would be really spiffy if the decorator were able to run the decorated
>function and then have access to the function's locals dictionary. It would
>then be possible to define a property like so:
>class Foo(object):
>     def bar(self) [property]:
>         """ bar property docstring """
>         def get(self):
>             return self.__bar
>         def set(self, bar):
>             self.__bar = bar
>The property decorator would reach inside the locals dictionary amd pull out
>the special names 'get', 'set' and 'delete', and use them to construct the
>property descriptor.

-1.  There were better alternatives proposed in the previous discussion on 
PEP 218 and properties, like:

def bar(self) [property_get]:
     # ...

def bar(self,value) [property_set]:
     # ...

def bar(self) [property_del]:
     # ...

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