Modules with __getattr__ (Re: PEP 317: Eliminate Implicit Exc eption Instantiation)

sismex01 at sismex01 at
Wed Jun 11 15:49:58 CEST 2003

> From: Greg Ewing (using
> [mailto:g2h5dqi002 at]
> Sent: Tuesday, June 10, 2003 10:04 PM
> By the way, the main use case I have for this is
> for implementing autoloading of classes, so that I
> can have a top-level package which apparently contains
> a bunch of classes, but they don't actually get created
> until someone asks for them. A module class with a
> __getattr__ would be ideal for this.
> I can feel a PEP coming on...

Maybe it's not necessary; PMW already does something
like this, when you import a megawidget by:

>>> import PMW.xxxx

it searches the modules in the PMW package and imports
the latest version available.


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