executing a function/method from a variable

Yves yves at zioup.com
Sat Oct 17 15:17:28 CEST 2009

Carsten Haese wrote:

>> Right now I use an eval, but I'm wondering if there isn't a better way:
> There's (almost) always a better way than using eval. 

Yes I agree, every time I use eval, I feel like the language is missing 
something, fair enough to shell type languages, but usually not the case in 
python. That's why I asked,

> In this case, you
> should use getattr().

Right ! I always forget about get/set attr. Thanks !

> Here's your simplified example modified to use getattr:
Tried it, and it works if we remove the self from the name of course:

import sys

class dummy(object):
   def __init__(self, arg):
     self.todo = 'print' + arg;

   def printa(self):
     print 'a'

   def printb(self):
     print 'b'

   def doit(self):
     #func = getattr(self, self.todo)
     getattr(self, self.todo)()

o = dummy(sys.argv[1])

Thanks again,


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