Alternative to multi-line lambdas: Assign-anywhere def statements

Chris Angelico rosuav at
Sat Jan 24 20:55:49 CET 2015

On Sun, Jan 25, 2015 at 5:56 AM, Ethan Furman <ethan at> wrote:
> If the non-generic is what you're concerned about:
> # not tested
> dispatch_table_a = {}
> dispatch_table_b = {}
> dispatch_table_c = {}
> class dispatch:
>   def __init__(self, dispatch_table):
>     self.dispatch = dispatch_table
>   def __call__(self, func):
>     self.dispatch[func.__name__] = func
>     return func
> @dispatch(dispatch_table_a)
> def foo(...):
>    pass

That's still only able to assign to a key of a dictionary, using the
function name. There's no way to represent fully arbitrary assignment
in Python - normally, you can assign to a name, an attribute, a
subscripted item, etc. (Augmented assignment is a different beast
altogether, and doesn't really make sense with functions.) There's no
easy way to say "@stash(dispatch_table_a['asdf'])" and have that end
up assigning to exactly that.


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