is decorator the right thing to use?

Dmitry S. Makovey dmitry at
Fri Sep 26 17:41:32 CEST 2008

Paul McGuire wrote:
>> see, in your code you're assuming that there's only 1 property ( 'b' )
>> inside of A that needs proxying. In reality I have several. 
> No, really, Diez has posted the canonical Proxy form in Python, using
> __getattr__ on the proxy, and then redirecting to the contained
> delegate object.  This code does *not* assume that only one property
> ('b'? where did that come from?) is being redirected - __getattr__
> will intercept all attribute lookups and redirect them to the
> delegate.
> If you need to get fancier and support this single-proxy-to-multiple-
> delegates form, then yes, you will need some kind of map that says
> which method should delegate to which object.  Or, if it is just a
> matter of precedence (try A, then try B, then...), then use hasattr to
> see if the first delegate has the given attribute, and if not, move on
> to the next.

that is what I didn't like about it - I have to iterate over delegates when
I can build direct mapping once and for all and tie it to class
definition ;) 

> Your original question was "is decorator the right thing to use?"  For
> this application, the answer is "no".  

yeah. seems that way. in the other fork of this thread you'll find my
conclusion which agrees with that :)

> It sounds like you are trying 
> to force this particular to solution to your problem, but you are
> probably better off giving __getattr__ intercepting another look.

__getattr__ implies constant lookups and checks (for filtering purposes) - I
want to do them once, attach generated methods as native methods and be
done with it. That is why I do not like __getattr__ in this particular
case. Otherwise - you're right.

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