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time sets for Python

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time set: all the states of a Python set data structure over time, without storing every complete version, and with nice ‘as-of’ (at) access.

Implementation: Currently stores the most recent version completely, so accessing the most recent version is not too slow. Accessing older versions is slower because it walks through the history. The whole thing will eventually slow down when there are tons of versions because it goes through all the version times fairly naively.


> from tset import Tset
> from datetime import datetime

> beginning =
> t = Tset(range(1,5))
> middle =
> t.value(range(3,8))

> t.value()
# {3, 4, 5, 6, 7}

> t.value(at=middle)
# {1, 2, 3, 4}

> t.value(at=beginning)
# {}


Run the tests with nosetests or python -m test.


The idea of preserving data history is not unique. There is a considerable work on persistent data structures (which is quite distinct from the idea of persisting data to disk). Interesting related (and more comprehensive) implementations include ZODB’s Generational Sets, dat, and Datomic.

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