Selective importing and package dependencies

David Pratt fairwinds.dp at
Sun Sep 28 16:10:25 CEST 2008

Hi. I am in the midst of preparing a package to convert between  
various schemas including orms. The issue is I don't want django,  
slqalchemy, storm, rdflib etc. as hard dependencies of the package.  
Each module is a schema to schema conversion. As an example, I have  
imports for sqlalchemy with classes and methods that use them.

from sqlalchemy.util import OrderedDict
from sqlalchemy import types as rdbtype
import sqlalchemy as sa

I have my own ideas about how I might do this but looking for  
recommendations from others how they would handle this so the result  
would be:

1. no hard dependencies on any of these other packages
2. load the module without failure.
3. import the dependent package if available to perform the conversion

Many thanks

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