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Decorator utility that operates on black magic

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Collection of metaprogramming modules that operate on black magic!

Currently the only available module is:

- ``black_magic.decorator``


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This is intended to become a more modern and flexible replacement for the
the well known decorator_ module. This module benefits an API for more
flexible usage. The behaviour of the decorator_ module can easily be

.. _decorator:


You can use it just like the standard ``functools.wraps`` function:

.. code:: python

>>> from black_magic.decorator import wraps

>>> x = []
>>> def real(a:int, b=x) -> "Returns b":
... return b

>>> @wraps(real)
... def fake(*args, **kwargs):
... print("Fake!")
... return real(*args, **kwargs)

This will not only update the docstring of the fake function to look
like the original but generate a wrapper function that has *exactly* the
same signature:

.. code:: python

>>> assert fake(1) is x # check object-identity of default-parameter!

>>> from inspect import signature
>>> assert signature(fake) == signature(real)

If you want to get real crazy you can even use ast.expr_'s:

.. code:: python

>>> import ast
>>> fake = wraps(real)(ast.Num(n=1))
>>> fake(0)

.. _ast.expr:

Under the hood

Q: This uses ugly ``str`` concat and ``eval`` code, right?

A: No, it uses `abstract syntax trees`_ to do its dynamic code generation.

.. _abstract syntax trees:


This module has been tested to work on python{2.6, 2.7, 3.2, 3.3} and
PyPy1.9 using `Travis CI`_.

.. _Travis CI:


0.0.4 (in development)

- support any callable to be passed to ``ASTorator.decorate``
- convert README to .rst

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