Creating an object that can track when its attributes are modified
kylotan at gmail.com
Wed Mar 6 17:07:52 CET 2013
I am trying to make an object that can track when its attributes have been assigned new values, and which can rollback to previous values where necessary. I have the following code which I believe works, but would like to know if there are simpler ways to achieve this goal, or if there are any bugs I haven't seen yet.
"""Mark all attributes as unmodified."""
object.__setattr__(self, '_dirty_attributes', dict())
"""Returns all dirty values."""
return dict( [ (k,v) for k,v in self.__dict__.iteritems() if k in self._dirty_attributes] )
"""Helper that collects all the changes and returns them, cleaning the dirty flags at the same time."""
changes = self.dirty_vals()
"""Reset attributes to their previous values."""
for k,v in self._dirty_attributes.iteritems():
object.__setattr__(self, k, v)
def __setattr__(self, key, value):
# If the first modification to this attribute, store the old value
if key not in self._dirty_attributes:
if key in self.__dict__:
self._dirty_attributes[key] = object.__getattribute__(self, key)
self._dirty_attributes[key] = None
# Set the new value
object.__setattr__(self, key, value)
I am aware that adding a new attribute and then calling rollback() leaves the new attribute in place with a None value - maybe I can use a special DeleteMe marker object in the _dirty_attributes dict along with a loop that calls delattr on any attribute that has that value after a rollback.
I also believe that this won't catch modification to existing attributes as opposed to assignments: eg. if one of the attributes is a list and I append to it, this system won't notice. Is that something I can rectify easily?
Any other comments or suggestions?
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