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A simple fork of django.dispatch for use as a standalone PubSub library.

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A simple fork of django.dispatch for use as a standalone Python PubSub library.


Paperboy’s dispatch may be used identically to Django’s; they are essentially the same.

A “signal dispatcher” helps decoupled applications notify each other of events. A library, for instance, may thereby invoke callables of dependent applications, without having been programmed for them, and without needing to extend or patch the library. The signal notifies registered receivers on behalf of their sender, via the dispatcher.

For example, say we have a pizza delivery library. Its job is only to communicate with the pizza delivery Internet API; rather than program a single user notification pipeline, this library’s developer wants to send a signal to subscribed receivers that a pizza has been delivered:

from dispatch import Signal

delivered = Signal(providing_args=['parlor'])

Upon learning that a pizza has been delivered, the library could then send this signal:

class PizzaAPI(object):

    def check(self):
        response = self.get_response()
        if response.status == 'delivered':
            delivered.send(sender=self, parlor=response.parlor)

However, a signal’s not much use if no one’s around to receive it. Applications making use of the pizza delivery library may register receivers with the dispatcher via the signal they intend to receive:


or using the receiver decorator:

from dispatch import receiver

def popup_window(sender, parlor, **kws):

See Django’s documentation for more information.


Paperboy’s dispatch is ready for use. However, its Signal, as in Django, respects a debugging mode, under which receivers are inspected upon connection. Paperboy does not supply a configuration framework of its own, but you may trivially configure it, as in the below examples.


from dispatch import Signal
Signal.debug = True

By application:

from dispatch import Signal

class AtariSignal(Signal):

    debug = True

And with increasing sophistication:

from dispatch import Signal
from atari.conf import settings

class AtariSignal(Signal):

    def debug(self):
        return settings.DEBUG


With an installation tool such as pip:

pip install Paperboy

From source:

python install

Running tests

Via the file:

python test

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