python monkey patching

2009-05-16 comments | python, programming

to support an easy and kiss way for growl hooks to extend the existing classes, I wrote a wrap() decorator, which overwrite an existing class method. the overwritten, original method will be passed as parameter to the new method.

def wrap(orig_func):
    """ decorator to wrap an existing method of a class.

        def verbose_write(forig, self):
            print 'generating post: %s (from: %s)' % (self.title,
            return forig(self)

        the first parameter of the new function is the the original,
        overwritten function ('forig').

    # har, some funky python magic NOW!
    def outer(new_func):
        def wrapper(*args, **kwargs):
            return new_func(orig_func, *args, **kwargs)
        if inspect.ismethod(orig_func):
            setattr(orig_func.im_class, orig_func.__name__, wrapper)
        return wrapper
    return outer

the example from the doc-string is imho meaningful enough. more examples can be found in the hooks directory of growl.


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