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A small resource manager for config files

Project description

This repository contains an interpreter for config files written in a subset of Python’s grammar. It aims to combine Python’s beautiful syntax, lazy initialization and a much simpler import machinery.

Features overview

Lazy scopes

The scopes inside config files are lazy, this means that any declared value will be calculated only when requested. This allows the user to define various memory-consuming values in a single config.

Because the scopes are lazy, the following code is ambiguous:

# which value to use?
x = 1
x = 2

To avoid ambiguity, each name can be used only once in a config. As a consequence some syntactic structures (e.g. for loops) are not supported.


Only three Python statements are supported: value definitions, function definitions and imports.

Value definitions

Values are declared using the = operator followed by any valid Python expression.

Here are some examples:

file_path = "/some/path"
num_folds = 5
kernel_sizes = [3, 3, 5]
some_value = apply_to_input(lambda x: x ** 2)
odd_squares = [i ** 2 for i in range(10) if i % 2 == 1]

Function definitions

You can define functions inside configs, however their local scope is also lazy, thus the same constraints hold.

A function body consists of several value or function definitions or assertions followed by a return statement:

def normalize(x, y, z):
    length = sqrt(x ** 2 + y ** 2 + z ** 2)
    assert length > 0
    return x / length, y / length, z / length

def adder(f):
    def wrapper(x):
        return f(x) + 1

    return wrapper

def f(x):
    return x

def check_call(seq):
    assert seq, seq
    return f(seq[0])

Even though the scopes are lazy, all the assertions are always evaluated (just before the return statement).


You can import from other libraries inside config files just like in regular Python:

from numpy import prod as product
from numpy import sum, random
import pandas as pd
import tqdm
import math.radians

You can also import from config files, located relative to the main config (in this case from ./some_config.config, ./folder/dataset.config and ../upper/another.config):

from .some_config import *
from ..upper.another import *
from .folder.dataset import DataSet as D

Note, that you can use starred imports (e.g. from a import *) only when importing from another config.

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