[Python-Dev] PEP 309: Partial method application

Ian Bicking ianb at colorstudy.com
Thu Aug 18 17:54:49 CEST 2005

I missed the discussion on this 
(http://www.python.org/peps/pep-0309.html), but then 2.5 isn't out yet.

I think partial() misses an important use case of method getting, for 

     lst = ['A', 'b', 'C']

Which sorts by lower-case.  Of course you can use str.lower, except 
you'll have unnecessarily enforced a type (and excluded Unicode).  So 
you are left with lambda x: x.lower().

Here's an implementation:

     def partialmethod(method, *args, **kw):
         def call(obj, *more_args, **more_kw):
             call_kw = kw.copy()
             return getattr(obj, method)(*(arg+more_args), **call_kw)
         return call

This is obviously related to partial().  Maybe this implementation 
should be a classmethod or function attribute, partial.method().

Ian Bicking  /  ianb at colorstudy.com  /  http://blog.ianbicking.org

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