Introspection, importing and Flash

Robert Brewer fumanchu at
Tue Jun 29 15:55:29 CEST 2004

Sorry if this is HTML--I'm using Outlook Web Access while on vacation :(
1) If I understand you correctly, __listattr__ is spelled __dir__ .
2) Move into site-packages and call it Rename the class AMFPython to AMF. Then write:
import amf
instance = amf.AMF()
It's the word "Python" in "AMFPython" that's redundant. ;)
Robert Brewer
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fumanchu at

	-----Original Message----- 
	From: Vsevolod (Simon) Ilyushchenko [mailto:simonf at] 
	Sent: Tue 6/29/2004 6:33 AM 
	To: python-list at 
	Subject: Introspection, importing and Flash

	Last year I have written a Perl module to serve as a backend to
	Macromedia Flash applications:
	I have just rewritten it in Python, which I have not used before. Thus,
	a couple of questions which I was not able to solve with online research:
	1. To send an arbitrary object to Flash, I would like to use
	introspection to find out the values of all its instance variables. How
	can I get their names? I've read about __dict__,  __slots__, and
	__getattr__, but I am not sure what would be the most universal way to
	get all the instance variable names from both old-style and new-style
	objects. I would need something like __listattr__, which does not exist.
	2. Python class importing works in a rather confusing way. In Perl, I
	have a top-level class AMF::Perl, which I "import" once and then create
	its instance like this: "new AMF::Perl". The file lives in the
	AMF directory.
	In Python, the most concise way I found was to have in the
	AMF directory, place with "import AMFPython" in the AMF
	directory, then say in my top-level script
	        import AMF
	        instance =  AMF.AMFPython.AMFPython()
	Which is rather redundant. I'd like to do something not more complicated
	        import AMF.AMFPython as AMF
	        instance = AMF()
	but I don't know if it's possible.
	Simon (Vsevolod ILyushchenko)   simonf at
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