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Functional Python Programming. - Second Edition

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Functional Python Programming. - Second Edition

Overview of this book

If you’re a Python developer who wants to discover how to take the power of functional programming (FP) and bring it into your own programs, then this book is essential for you, even if you know next to nothing about the paradigm. Starting with a general overview of functional concepts, you’ll explore common functional features such as first-class and higher-order functions, pure functions, and more. You’ll see how these are accomplished in Python 3.6 to give you the core foundations you’ll build upon. After that, you’ll discover common functional optimizations for Python to help your apps reach even higher speeds. You’ll learn FP concepts such as lazy evaluation using Python’s generator functions and expressions. Moving forward, you’ll learn to design and implement decorators to create composite functions. You'll also explore data preparation techniques and data exploration in depth, and see how the Python standard library fits the functional programming model. Finally, to top off your journey into the world of functional Python, you’ll at look at the PyMonad project and some larger examples to put everything into perspective.
Table of Contents (22 chapters)
Title Page
Packt Upsell
Contributors
Preface
Index

Cross-cutting concerns


One general principle behind decorators is to allow us to build a composite function from the decorator and the original function to which the decorator is applied. The idea is to have a library of common decorators that can provide implementations for common concerns.

We often call these cross-cutting concerns because they apply across several functions. These are the sorts of things that we would like to design once through a decorator and have them applied in relevant classes throughout an application or a framework.

Concerns that are often centralized as decorator definitions include the following:

  • Logging
  • Auditing
  • Security
  • Handling incomplete data

A logging decorator, for example, may write standardized messages to the application's log file. An audit decorator may write details surrounding a database update. A security decorator may check some runtime context to be sure that the login user has the necessary permissions.

Our example of a null-aware wrapper for a function...