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A simple and compact implementation of Observer design pattern

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Green Rocket

Green Rocket is a simple and compact implementation of Observer (or Publish/Subscribe) design pattern via signals.

Create specific signal using base one:

>>> from greenrocket import Signal
>>> class MySignal(Signal):
...     pass

Subscribe handler:

>>> @MySignal.subscribe
... def handler(signal):
...     print('handler: ' + repr(signal))

Fire signal:

>>> MySignal().fire()
handler: MySignal()

Note, that signal propagates over inheritance, i.e. all subscribers of base signal will be called when child one is fired:

>>> @Signal.subscribe
... def base_hadler(signal):
...     print('base_handler: ' + repr(signal))
>>> MySignal().fire()
handler: MySignal()
base_handler: MySignal()

Unsubscribe handler:

>>> MySignal.unsubscribe(handler)
>>> MySignal().fire()
base_handler: MySignal()

The handler is subscribed using weak reference. So if you create and subscribe a handler in local scope (for example inside a generator), it will unsubscribed automatically.

>>> def gen():
...     @MySignal.subscribe
...     def local_handler(signal):
...         print('local_handler: ' + repr(signal))
...     yield 1
>>> for value in gen():
...     MySignal(value=value).fire()
local_handler: MySignal(value=1)
base_handler: MySignal(value=1)
>>> import gc                    # PyPy fails the following test without
>>> _ = gc.collect()             # an explicit call of garbage collector.
>>> MySignal(value=2).fire()
base_handler: MySignal(value=2)

As you can see above, signal constructor accepts keyword arguments. These arguments are available as signal attributes:

>>> s = MySignal(a=1, b=2)
>>> s.a
>>> s.b

Signal suppresses any exception which is raised on handler call. It uses logger named greenrocket from standard logging module to log errors and debug information.



  • Removed distribute dependency

  • Improved tests


  • Changed handler subscription mechanism from subscription by reference to subscription by weak reference


  • Fixed logger loose on program termination


  • Initial release

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