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Stencila Schema for Python

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This package provides Python bindings for the Stencila Schema for executable documents. It is primarily aimed at Python developers wanting to programmatically generate, or modify, executable documents. For example, it is used in pyla, a Stencila plugin for Python.


pip3 install stencila-schema


This packages exports a Python class for each type of document node in the Stencila Schema e.g. Article, Paragraph, CodeChunk.

For type safety, type annotations are places on attributes and parameters of the __init__ method. e.g.

class CodeExpression(CodeFragment):
    """An expression defined in programming language source code."""

    errors: Optional[Array["CodeError"]] = None
    """Errors when compiling or executing the chunk."""

    output: Optional["Node"] = None
    """The value of the expression when it was last evaluated."""

The __init__ method of each class has as parameters the attributes of the class (including those that are inherited) with required attributes first (alphabetically where there are more than one), followed by optional attributes (also alphabetically) e.g. for CodeExpression:

    def __init__(
        text: str,
        errors: Optional[Array["CodeError"]] = None,
        format: Optional[str] = None,
        id: Optional[str] = None,
        meta: Optional[Dict[str, Any]] = None,
        output: Optional["Node"] = None,
        programmingLanguage: Optional[str] = None

It is recommended to use keyword arguments when calling constructors as it substantially reduces the likelihood that your code will break if you get the order wrong or if there are changes in the attributes of classes (and thus their order in __init__ parameters) in later versions e.g.

from stencila.schema.types import Article, CodeExpression, Paragraph, Person

article = Article(
    title="My first executable document",
    authors=[Person(givenNames=["Jane"], familyNames=["Doe"])],
                "Two times two: ",
                CodeExpression(programmingLanguage="python", text="2 * 2"),

# Jane

In contrast, the following code is more concise, but is broken because, although it provides all required arguments, it gets the order wrong:

from stencila.schema.types import Article, CodeExpression, Paragraph, Person

article = Article(
    "My first executable document",
    [Person(["Jane"], ["Doe"])],
    [Paragraph(["Two times two: ", CodeExpression("2 * 2", "python"),])],

# Jane

# None

To support conversion of schema nodes to/from JSON, defines encode and decode functions. e.g.

from stencila.schema.types import Heading
from stencila.schema.json import encode, decode

heading = Heading(content=["Heading Text"], depth=2)
#<stencila.schema.types.Heading object at 0x7f2d038a3748>

json = encode(heading)
#  "type": "Heading",
#  "content": [
#    "Heading Text"
#  ],
#  "depth": 2

#<stencila.schema.types.Heading object at 0x7fda7bbdd780>

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