decorators only when __debug__ == True

MRAB python at
Thu Apr 1 14:54:49 CEST 2010

Steven D'Aprano wrote:
> On Thu, 01 Apr 2010 00:27:51 +0100, MRAB wrote:
>>>> A decorator shouldn't call the function it's decorating.
>>> *raises eyebrow*
>>> Surely, in the general case, a decorator SHOULD call the function it is
>>> decorating? I'm sure you know that, but your wording is funny and could
>>> confuse the OP.
>> What I mean is that the function that's doing the decorating shouldn't
>> call the function; it's the locally-defined wrapper function that calls
>> the decorated function.
> Ah, gotcha, that makes sense. Now I understand the distinction you were 
> making. Thank you for the clarification.
I had the following idea: define the terms 'decorator', 'decoration' and
'decoratee'. The decorator applies the decoration to the decoratee. The
decoratee is the function defined locally in the decorator.

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