Dispatch; a method to resolve path components to Python objects and enumerate available children using pluggable search mechanisms.
© 2009-2017 Alice Bevan-McGregor and contributors.
Dispatch is the process of taking some starting point and a path, then resolving the object that path refers to. This process is common to almost every web application framework (transforming URLs into controllers), RPC system, and even filesystem shell. Other terms for this process include: “traversal”, “routing”, or “lookup”.
This package speaks a standardized dispatch protocol and is not entirely intended for direct use by most developers. The target audience is instead the authors of frameworks that may require such modular dispatch for use by their own users.
Installing web.dispatch is easy, just execute the following in a terminal:
pip install web.dispatch
Note: We strongly recommend always using a container, virtualization, or sandboxing environment of some kind when developing using Python; installing things system-wide is yucky (for a variety of reasons) nine times out of ten. We prefer light-weight virtualenv, others prefer solutions as robust as Vagrant.
If you add web.dispatch to the install_requires argument of the call to setup() in your application’s setup.py file, this dispatcher will be automatically installed and made available when your own application or library is installed. We recommend using “less than” version numbers to ensure there are no unintentional side-effects when updating. Use web.dispatch<3.1 to get all bugfixes for the current release, and web.dispatch<4.0 to get bugfixes and feature updates while ensuring that large breaking changes are not installed.
Installing the current development version requires Git, a distributed source code management system. If you have Git you can run the following to download and link the development version into your Python runtime:
git clone https://github.com/marrow/web.dispatch.git pip install -e 'web.dispatch[development]'
You can then upgrade to the latest version at any time:
(cd web.dispatch; git pull; pip install -e '.[development]')
If you would like to make changes and contribute them back to the project, fork the GitHub project, make your changes, and submit a pull request. This process is beyond the scope of this documentation; for more information see GitHub’s documentation.
- First version. Numbering kept parallel with primary dispatchers.
web.dispatch has been released under the MIT Open Source license.
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