> As I was developing the app, I realized that I was writing basically the 
> same code over and over and over, just with slight differences, e.g. the 
> table name, the criteria, the fields I wanted to return and their display 
> order...
> so a couple of dictionaries to define (1) the tableviews criteria and (2) 
> ordered list of fields to return and the core becomes a small 
> parameterization of basically the same db query - 10s of lines of code.

Sounds like something you could handle by abstracting everything into a 
special function and maybe using Python argument unpacking:

db(db.table).select(*list_of_fields, **dictonary_of_named_arguments)


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