How do I call anonymous classes from imported modules?

Discussion in 'Python' started by JoeSox, Aug 20, 2007.

  1. JoeSox

    JoeSox Guest

    I am importing 3rd party modules via a plugin script. I wish to
    iterate thru the modules and call a common method like .do_foobar() or
    something with all the imports.
    But I can't figure out how to do something like below without knowing
    the class name before hand. Is there a builtin that helps call
    classes anonymously?

    (Calling example.do_foobar() works because I manually enter the classes' name)
    but I need something like
    because I will not know the plugin class names.
    JoeSox, Aug 20, 2007
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  2. JoeSox

    James Stroud Guest

    Quick and dirty (you could also use a try: except:):

    f = __import__(module_name)
    for anobj in f.__dict__.values():
    if hasattr(anobj, 'do_foobar'):

    Note that this does not test whether anobj is a class as this would
    entail a type-check, which hints to poor design.


    James Stroud
    UCLA-DOE Institute for Genomics and Proteomics
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    Los Angeles, CA 90095
    James Stroud, Aug 20, 2007
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  3. JoeSox

    JoeSox Guest

    Thanks for the help. The __dict__.values() is something I have not
    previously looked into but it does not work as desired because python
    wants an instance of the class. How can I cast an object if I don't
    know what type of object it is (example.ticker, in this debug)?
    if hasattr(anobj, 'do_foobar'):

    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File "<pyshell#76>", line 3, in ?
    TypeError: unbound method do_foobar() must be called with ticker
    instance as first argument (got nothing instead)
    JoeSox, Aug 20, 2007
  4. JoeSox

    James Stroud Guest

    This was the poor design I was hinting to. do_foobar is type-checking
    for ticker. "Casting" as you might think of it does not exist in python.
    Creating new objects based on the values of existing objects (lets call
    it "conversion" for lack of a better name) does (e.g. int(2.0)). But
    this is not casting. Unless you have the power to re-author all of the
    do_foobar()s to not type-check, you should create an instance of ticker
    and pass that:

    t = ticker(param1, param2, parametc)

    The "got nothing instead" means that you should have passed an
    argument--and unfortunately whoever authored do_foobar() type-checked
    for a ticker, which is not a desirable way to design an API.

    James Stroud, Aug 20, 2007
  5. JoeSox

    JoeSox Guest

    I designed the system using this 'tutorial'

    With your help and revisiting the article I figured out that this call works: plg=plugin()
    print plg.do_foobar()
    JoeSox, Aug 20, 2007
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