A question on python performance.

Bruno Desthuilliers bruno.42.desthuilliers at wtf.websiteburo.oops.com
Fri Sep 28 10:04:04 CEST 2007

Joe Goldthwaite a écrit :

>  I guess I still think of decorators as the people
> who got the gym ready for the prom.  I've tried getting up to speed on
> decorators but I haven't had much success.

The @decorator syntax is just syntactic sugar for a common use of higher 
order functions. So to understand decorators, you first need understand 
the concepts of higher order functions and closures. Both are documented 
  in many places on the web.

> Bruno Desthuilliers wrote:
>> IOW, direct access to obj.__class__.__dict__ bypasses both inheritence
>> and per-instance overriding.
> Thanks for your response also Bruno. I don't understand the code you
> posted well enough yet to even ask a useful question. There are a number
> of things I haven't seen before.

It's very 101 python code, apart from this line :
   c2.dothis = dothat.__get__(c2, type(c2))

which is a way to dynamically attach a function as method to an 
instance, directly invoking the descriptor protocol (it's documented on 

FWIW, it's most often done using the 'new' module, and possibly less 

import new
c2.dothis = new.instancemethod(dothat, c2, type(c2))

> Now I really feel like a newbie!

My fault - this example wasn't that necessary, the main point was wrt/ 
direct access to instance.__class__.__dict__ bypassing normal attribute 
lookup rules so inherited attributes are not resolved...

> I'm working on it though so I may have some questions later.

You're welcome.

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