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A decorator meant to give type hints about function parameters as well as allow a margin of error

Project Description

Important

This project has merged with typesys and will no longer be maintained. Typesys can be found on github or pypi or it can be installed with pip install typesys.

Intro

Type corrector is module that contains the decorator type_corrector. This decorator lets the user specify what types the arguments to a function should have. It’s not 100% safe to use as it might result in a ValueError or TypeError if the user is not careful enough. The motivation behing this module was to find a way that makes it easier for the programmer to see what types the arguments should be, and at the same time allow some margin of error. I’m not sure if this is a good idea, or if it’s a good approach. It was mostly developed for fun while playing around with decorators.

Installation

pip install typecorrector

Usage

First import type_corrector from the typecorrector module:

from typecorrector import type_corrector

Then you can decorate your functions with type_corrector

@type_corrector(int, int)
def add(x,y):
    return x+y


@type_corrector(float, float)
def div(x,y):
    return x/y

A call to add(1,‘2’) will cast ‘2’ to an int, since that is what we specified as the type of the second paramater in the decorator. We can also call div as div(‘10’, ‘3’), and div will return 3.3333333333333335 as expected.

This decorator also works with *args and **kwargs

@type_corrector(int)
def mult(*numbers):
    result = 1
    for num in numbers:
        result *= num
    return result


@type_corrector(int)
def kw_mult(**kwargs):
    first = kwargs.get('first')
    second = kwargs.get('second')
    third = kwargs.get('third')
    return first * second * third

This allows us to call the functions like this:

  • mult(‘2’, ‘3’, ‘4’)
  • kw_mult(first=‘2’, second=‘3’, third=‘4’)

When looking at the function definitions of add, mult and kw_mult we can easily see that the arguments are supposed to be integers. By decorating the functions like this it should be a clear hint what types we want the parameters to be passed in as, even though it allows some margin of error.

Known issues

When calling help on a decorated function the parameters are not shown correctly, instead it will just say <function name>(*args, **kwargs) Also, when using inspect to get the argument specification with inspect.getargspec or getting the source code from inspect.getsourcelines it will fail. Thanks to the functools.wraps decorator the docstring of a wrapped function will still be shown correctly.

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