Implementing Tuples with Named Items
fredrik at pythonware.com
Tue Jan 10 07:01:51 CET 2006
> in the python cookbook 2nd edition, section 6.7 (page 250-251), there a problem
> for implementing tuples with named items. i'm having trouble understanding how
> one of commands work and hope someone here can explain what exactly is going on.
> without copying all the code here, here is the gist of the problem:
> from operator import itemgetter
> class supertup(tuple):
> def __new__(cls, *args):
> return tuple.__new__(cls, args)
> setattr(supertup, 'x', property(itemgetter(0)))
> >>> t = supertup(2, 4, 6)
> >>> t.x
> >>> 2
> i understand what itemgetter does,
> >>> i = itemgetter(0)
> >>> i((2, 3, 4))
> >>> 2
> >>> i((4, 8, 12))
> >>> 4
> i understand what property does, and i understand what setattr does. i tested
> this problem myself and it works, but i can't understand how t.x evaluates to 2
> in this case. how does itemgetter (and property) know what tuple to use?
the missing piece in your puzzle is what's known as "descriptors":
(property returns a descriptor, and the object machinery will use that
descriptor to control what happens when you access the 'x' attribute).
hope this helps!
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