Jeff Rush wrote:


My specific question is how evaluation of the path expression "X/Z" is handled. It *seems* to be:

    X.__getitem__('Y')    # X['Y']

whereas I'm trying to get:

    X.__getattr__('Y')    # X.Y

Under Zope 2, as I recall, it would try several algorithms; attribute, mapping, sequence. And I'm wondering if that mechanism was simplified for Zope 3, and in what way.

Study has shown that it searches attribute then item namespace for non-containers, *but* item and then attribute namespace for containers.

My objects are "contained" containers representing specialized SQL tables (records are items), that also themselves have attributes. So the search of item namespace first was causing bogus (and time consuming) SQL queries to be made.

I need control over which namespace is searched, so I added a couple of generic TALES namespace adapters. Now I can do:

  <h1 tal:content="context/attr:name" />

to -only- search for a name attribute, and (less frequently):

  <h1 tal:content="context/item:ABC123" />

to -only- search using __getitem__() calls.

Perhaps this is useful to others, and since it wasn't much code, here it is:

---- cut here ----

_marker = object()



class AttrPathAdapter(object):
    """Only search attribute not item namespace for path members."""



    implements(ITALESFunctionNamespace)



    def __init__(self, context):
        self.context = context



    def setEngine(self, engine):
        self.locale = removeSecurityProxy(engine.vars['request']).locale



    def __getattribute__(self, name):
        if name.startswith("_"):
            return super(AttrPathAdapter, self).__getattribute__(name)
        value = getattr(self.__dict__['context'], name, _marker)
        if value is _marker:
            return super(AttrPathAdapter, self).__getattribute__(name)
        return value



class ItemPathAdapter(object):
    """Only search item not attribute namespace for path members."""



    implements(ITALESFunctionNamespace)



    def __init__(self, context):
        self.context = context



    def setEngine(self, engine):
        self.locale = removeSecurityProxy(engine.vars['request']).locale



    def __getattribute__(self, name):
        if name.startswith("_"):
            return super(ItemPathAdapter, self).__getattribute__(name)
        value = self.__dict__['context'].get(name, _marker)
        if value is _marker:
            return super(ItemPathAdapter, self).__getattribute__(name)
        return value


       ---- cut here ----

  <adapter
      factory="webaccountant.pathadapters.AttrPathAdapter"



      provides="zope.app.traversing.interfaces.IPathAdapter"
      for="*"
      name="attr"
      />



  <adapter
      factory="webaccountant.pathadapters.ItemPathAdapter"



      provides="zope.app.traversing.interfaces.IPathAdapter"
      for="*"
      name="item"
      />



---- cut here ----

-Jeff

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