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Simple Models for Python

Project description

SimpleModel offers a simple way to handle data using classes instead of a plenty of lists and dicts.

It has simple objectives:

  • Define your fields easily (just a tuple, nor dicts or instances of type classes whatever)
  • Support for field validation
  • Conversion to dict

That’s it. If you want something more complex there are plenty of libraries and frameworks that does a lot of cool stuff.

How to install

pip install pysimplemodel

How to use

from simple_model import Model
from simple_model.exceptions import ValidationError

class Person(Model):
    fields = ('name', 'age', 'height', 'weight')
    allow_empty = ('height', 'weight')

    def validate_age(self, value):
        if 0 > value > 150:
            raise ValidationError

    def validate_height(self, value):
        if value <= 0:
            raise ValidationError
>> person = Person(name='John Doe', age=18)
'John Doe'
>> person.validate()
>> dict(person)
{'name': 'John Doe', 'age': 18, 'height': '', 'weight': ''}


Model values aren’t validated until the validated method is called:

>> person = Person()  # no exception
>> person.validate()
EmptyField: name field cannot be empty
>> person = Person(name='Jane Doe', age=60)
>> person.validate()  # now it's ok!

You may change the validate method to return a boolean instead of raising an exception:

>> person = Person()
>> person.validate(raise_exception=False)
>>> person = Person(name='Jane Doe', age=60)
>>> person.validate(raise_exception=False)


Sometimes it is necessary to clean some values of your models, this can be easily done using simple-model:

class CleanPerson(Model):
    fields = ('name', 'age')

    def clean_name(self, value):
        return value.strip()

    def clean_age(self, value):
        return int(value)

>> person = CleanPerson(name='John Doe  \n', age='10')
>>, person.age
('John Doe  \n', '10')
>> person.clean()
>>, person.age
('John Doe', 10)

Build many models

It’s possible to build many models in a single step, it can be done by passing an iterable to the build_many method.

people = [{'name': 'John Doe'}, {'name': 'John Doe II'}]
models = Person.build_many(people)

Conversion to Dict

To convert to dict is pretty straight-forward task:

>> person = Person(name='Jane Doe', age=60)
>> dict(person)
{'age': 60, 'height': None, 'name': 'Jane Doe', 'weight': None}

Simple model also supports dict conversion of nested models:

class SocialPerson(Model):
    fields = ('name', 'friend')

>> person = Person(name='Jane Doe', age=60)
>> other_person = SocialPerson(name='John Doe', friend=person)
>> dict(other_person)
{'friend': {'age': 60, 'height': None, 'name': 'Jane Doe', 'weight': None}, 'name': 'John Doe'}

It also supports nested models as lists:

class MoreSocialPerson(Model):
    fields = ('name', 'friends')

>> person = Person(name='Jane Doe', age=60)
>> other_person = Person(name='John Doe', age=15)
>> social_person = MoreSocialPerson(name='Foo Bar', friends=[person, other_person])
>> dict(social_person)
    'name': 'Foo Bar',
    'friends': [
            'age': 60,
            'height': None,
            'name': 'Jane Doe',
            'weight': None
            'age': 15,
            'height': None,
            'name': 'John Doe',
            'weight': None

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