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pymaybe 0.1.6

A Python implementation of the Maybe pattern.

A Python implementation of the Maybe pattern.


pip install pymaybe

Getting Started

from pymaybe import maybe
first_name = maybe(deep_hash)['account']['user_profile']['first_name'].or_else("<unknown>")


Maybe monad is a programming pattern that allows to treat None values that same way as non-none values. This is done by wrapping the value, which may or may not be None to, a wrapper class.

The implementation includes two classes: Maybe and Something. Something represents a value while Nothing represents a None value. There’s also a method maybe which wraps a regular value and and returns Something or Nothing instance.

>>> maybe("I'm a value")
"I'm a value"

>>> maybe(None);

Both Something and Nothing implement 4 methods allowing you to test their real value: is_some, is_none, get and or_else

>>> maybe("I'm a value").is_some()

>>> maybe("I'm a value").is_none()

>>> maybe(None).is_some()

>>> maybe(None).is_none()

>>> maybe("I'm a value").get()
"I'm a value"

>>> maybe("I'm a value").or_else(lambda: "No value")
"I'm a value"

>>> maybe(None).get()
Traceback (most recent call last):
Exception: No such element

>>> maybe(None).or_else(lambda: "value")

>>> maybe(None).or_else("value")

In addition, Something and Nothing implement the Python magic methods allowing you to treat them as dictionaries:

>>> nested_dict = maybe(nested_dict)
>>> nested_dict['store']['name']
>>> nested_dict['store']['address']
>>> nested_dict['store']['address']['street'].or_else('No Address Specified')
'No Address Specified'

All other method calls on Something are forwarded to its real value:

>>> maybe('VALUE').lower()

>>> maybe(None).invalid().method().or_else('unknwon')

Examples & Use Cases

The Maybe pattern helps you avoid nasty try..except blocks. Consider the following code:

url = rss.load_feeds()[0].url.domain
except (TypeError, IndexError, KeyError, AttributeError):
url = “”

With Maybe you could simply do:

url = maybe(rss).load_feeds()[0]['url'].domain.or_else("")

Getting the current logged in user’s name. Without maybe:

def get_user_zipcode():
    address = getattr(request.user, 'address', None)
    if address:
        return getattr(address, 'zipcode', '')

    return ''

With maybe:

def get_user_zipcode():
    return maybe(request.user).address.zipcode.or_else('')


0.1.0 (2015-01-11)

  • First release on PyPI.
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