meta classes

anton muhin antonmuhin.REMOVE.ME.FOR.REAL.MAIL at
Tue Sep 30 09:37:49 CEST 2003

Carlo v. Dango wrote:
> hello there
> I'd like to take control over the method dispatching of every subclass 
> of a given python class. Currently I've redefined __getattribute__() so 
> i can find the right instance/method to dispatch to. This works fine, 
> albeit it may seem a bit hackish. Further I want to control the actual 
> dispatching, so that I can execute methods before, after or instead of 
> the actual method. I would prefer to do this with the least modification 
> of the source due to debug'ing issues. My best idea so far is to rename 
> every method who subclass the magic class X and then create new methods 
> in place of the renamed ones, which looks up in a list to execute 
> "before-methods", then execute the renamed method etc..
> Only I don't know how to do this. I've found some MOP code which was 
> designed for python old-style objects... but this is not what I want. 
> Can anyone kindly give me some pointers for help or some actual code?
> many thanks in advance..
> ---

Really simple example:

class Hooker(object):
     class __metaclass__(type):
         def __new__(cls, name, bases, members):
             def make_wrapper(f):
                 def wrapper(self):
                     print "before"
                     print "after"
                 return wrapper

             new_members = {}
             for n, f in members.iteritems():
                 if not n.startswith('__'):
                     new_members[n] = make_wrapper(f)
                     new_members[n] = f

             return type.__new__(cls, name, bases, new_members)

class Child(Hooker):
     def foo(self):
         print ""

c = Child()


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