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nomenclate 2.0.2

A tool for generating strings based on a preset naming convention.

Online Documentation (ReadTheDocs)

1   Synopsis

Nomenclate is a tool which creates persistent objects that can be used to generate strings that follow naming conventions that you designate. There are sets of current naming conventions (format strings) that can be replaced or extended following certain rules for creation. You can add arbitrary tokens as needed and register token filtering of your own designation.

There is a full set of YAML defined suffix/side substitution strings as found in env.yml. If you want you can create your own .yml file that you will pass to a Nomenclate instance to have your own configuration.

1.1   Concept Definitions

: A component of the format string which is a meaningful symbol/definition pair that will be filtered by a grammar of regular expressions. A simplified representation could be token=value wherein the token (as found in the format string) will be resolved to the value as is adheres to the token’s syntax/grammar rules
format string

: A string that represents a series of tokens separated with arbitrary delimiters.

e.g. - side_location_nameDecoratorVar_childtype_purpose_type

Note: Nomenclate automatically supports camelCasing the tokens to separate them as a natural delimiter.

For a review of parsing/composition look here

1.2   Features

  • Applies a naming convention with arbitrary syntax/grammar to the formatting of string tokens
  • Top down parsing of format string given token-specific grammar rule classes that are extensible
  • Persistent state object instances
  • Up to date with online help docs
  • User-customizable YAML/human-readable config file
  • Easy object property or dictionary state manipulation
  • Cross-Python compatible: Tested and working with Python 2.7 and 3.5
  • Cross-Platform compatible: Works under Linux, Mac OS ,Windows environments
  • Full module/class documentation
  • Sensible token value entry/conversion (like side='left' with automatic token syntax replacement)

2   Installation

Windows, etc.

A universal installation method (that works on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, …, and always provides the latest version) is to use pip:

# Make sure we have an up-to-date version of pip and setuptools:
$ pip install --upgrade pip setuptools
$ pip install Nomenclate

(If pip installation fails for some reason, you can try easy_install nomenclate as a fallback.)

3   Usage

3.1   Python Package Usage

Use this tool via package level functions

import nomenclate
# Create empty name object
nomenclate_empty = nomenclate.Nom()

# At any time you can query the state of the nomenclate object through the state property
>>> nomenclate_empty.state
{'name': '', 'childtype': '', 'location': '', 'var': '', 'type': '', 'side': '', 'decorator': '', 'purpose': ''}

# You can also create a nomenclate with initialized kwargs
nomenclate_init_kwargs = nomenclate.Nom(name='test', type='group')

# Your Nomenclate object has now been initialized and all of the default token set have been added based on
# The default format_string property from the env.yml config file
# default: side_location_nameDecoratorVar_childtype_purpose_type
>>> nomenclate_init_kwargs.state
{'name': 'test', 'childtype': '', 'location': '', 'var': '', 'type': 'group', 'side': '', 'decorator': '', 'purpose': ''}

# Feel free to manipulate each token's value on a property basis
>>> nomenclate_init_kwargs.location = 'rear'

# Now that you're all set up you can use the get method to obtain a string representation of your conventionalized output:
>>> nomenclate_init_kwargs.get()

# As you'll notice both tokens group and location have been composed following the replacements that can be found in the config YAML file.  This way things like "left" just need to be entered as "left" and then based on the yaml will replace automatically with anything you want.  Finally you don't need to enter things like "L" and worry about it later on!

# The format string will automate the process of hot swapping naming formats allows any string to be input.
>>> nomenclate_init_kwargs.format
>>> nomenclate_init_kwargs.format = 'name_type'
>>> nomenclate_init_kwargs.state
{name:'test', type='group'}

# You can enter static text that will always be present in the name by surrounding with parenthesis
# For now they only support alphanumeric characters.

>>> nomenclate_init_kwargs.format = 'side_location_nameDecoratorVar_(static.text)childtype_purpose_type'
>>> = 'test'
>>> nomenclate_init_kwargs.location = 'rear'
>>> nomenclate_init_kwargs.type = 'group'

# Now entering all these values by properties is fun and all, however there is a convenience function that can digest dictionaries
>>> test_nom = nomenclate.Nom()
>>> test_nom.merge_serialization({'name':'test', 'location':'rear', 'type':'group'})
>>> test_nom.get()

# As you might have guessed, using state and merge_serialization you can pass naming values from instance to instance (as you can see __eq__ has been defined for Nomenclate instances):
>>> nom_a = nomenclate.Nom(name='test', location='rear')
>>> nom_b = nomenclate.Nom()
>>> nom_b == nom_a
>>> nom_b.merge_serialization(nom_a.state)
>>> nom_b == nom_a

# Optionally you can just pass the nomenclate object itself
>>> nom_b.token_dict.reset() # Internal function to be made into a public method later...
>>> nom_b == nom_a
>>> nom_b.merge_serialization(nom_a)
>>> nom_b == nom_a

3.2   YAML Configuration File Rules

So far the suffixes is a look up dictionary for Maya objects, however I will be adding support for more later.

To properly enter a naming format string:

Enter all tokens you want to use with descriptive value that naming token’s label e.g:

and place it where you want it in order in the formatting string you set. If you want something to space out or separate the names just input whatever separator you want to use like _ or . and it will keep those as delimiters. name_side_type

Additionall if you want them camel cased for example name and type: side_nameType and it will automatically camelcase your for whatever you input for the given token values.

In the config YAML file (default is nomenclate/core/env.yml) define your format under the header naming_formats with a sub-section name you think is appropriate (the following example is optionally nested under “node”):

        your_format: name_sidePurpose_type
If you want a static string to always be present in a format string just enclose it with parenthesis (for now only alphanumeric characters are accepted), for example a version:

(v)version in format string: side_name_(v)version_(static_text_example)

If version is 3 and your version padding config is set to 2 will evaluate to: v02
Further version/var/date specific token notes:

There are 3 naming tokens with specific formatting functions that will give you customized results. You can designate multiple fields for added granularity by adding a number after e.g. var1, var2


this depends on var in the config being set to upper or lower

a: returns a character based on position in alphabet, if you go over it starts aa -> az -> ba -> bz etc.

A: returns a character based on position in alphabet, if you go over it starts AA -> AZ -> BA -> BZ etc.


Will return a string number based on the version_padding config setting


Will return a date as a string based on a datetime module formatted string that the user will input or default to YYYY-MM-DD

Please specify whichever separators (or lack of) you want to override the default behavior just modify the config

The full list of options can be found here: Datetime Documentation

If you need any custom token value conversion functions you can specify them by inheriting from nomenclate.core.rendering.RenderBase and implementing its render function like so:

import nomenclate

class RenderCustom(nomenclate.core.rendering.RenderBase):
    token = 'custom'
    def render(cls, value, token, nomenclate_object, **kwargs):
        """ Always prepend "meh"

        :param value: str, the un-parsed/formatted token value
        :param token: str, the name of the token in question
        :param nomenclate_object: nomenclate.Nom, the nomenclate instance (for checking attribute values/config settings)
        :return: str, the final syntax adhering token value
        return 'meh' + value

Otherwise, unless you specify an options list for a specific naming token in the custom renderer it will just replace the text with whatever you set that naming token to on the nomenclate object. The options lists will be used as a filter for the naming token validity or as a look up table for UIs and if you specify different lengths after it. It will use the first in the list unless otherwise specified in the overall_config section under “<naming_token>_length” If there is no abbreviation list afterwards then just write it as a list with -

4   Version Support

Currently this package supports Python 2.7, 3.5 and 3.6

5   Attribution

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