[Python-ideas] Add recordlcass to collections module

Martin Bammer mrbm74 at gmail.com
Sun Sep 2 16:56:50 EDT 2018


then intention of my first mail was to start a discussion about this 
topic about the pros and cons and possible alternatives.
As long as it is not clear that recordclass or something like that is 
accepted to be implemented to the collections module
I do not want to spend any effort on this.

My wish that the collections module gets something like namedtuple, but 
writable, is based on my personal experience when projects are becoming 
bigger and data structures more complex it is sometimes useful to named 
items and not just an index. This improves the readability and makes 
development and maintenance of the code easier.

Another important topic for me is performance. When I write applications 
then they should finish their tasks quickly. The performance of 
recordclass was one reason for me to use it (some benchmarks with Python 
2 can be found on here 
I've done some more recent and additional benchmarks with Python 3.7 on 
Linux which you can find here https://github.com/brmmm3/compare-recordclass.
These new benchmarks show that namedtuple is as fast as recordclass in 
all cases, but with named attribute access. Named attribute access is 
faster with recordclass.

Compared to dataclass:
dataclass wins only on the topic object size. When it comes to speed and 
functionality (indexing, sorting) dataclass would be my last choice.
Yes it is possible to make dataclass fast by using __slots__, but this 
always an extra programming effort. namedtuple and recordclass are easy 
to use with small effort.

Adding new items:
This is not possible with namedtuple and also not possible with 
recordclass. I see no reason why a namedlist should support this, 
because with these object types you define new object types and these 
types should not change.

I hope 3.8 will get a namedlist and maybe it will be the recordclass 
module (currently my choice). As the author of this module already has 
responded to this discussion I hope he willing to contribute his code to 
the Python project.

Best regards,

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