I'm developing a model for web applications. The database that I use is Redis.

I created special DbField objects like HashDbField, SortedSetDbField, ScalarDbField and so on, for each data type in Redis. This objects provides a convenient way to work with redis keys. Each of it takes target key name in constructor

The second type of objects are DbObjects that represents objects in database. DbObjects (UserDbObject, PostDbObject) consist of DbFields. There are class fields, for some global registers and instance fields for values of certain objects.

Each dbObject has a DbObjectName class field which contains the current object name ('user', 'post', 'comment', and so on...)

DbObject class looks like:

class DbObjectType(type):
    def __init__(cls, name, bases, dct):
        super(DbObjectType, cls).__init__(name, bases, dct)

class DbObject(metaclass=DbObjectType):
    DbObjectName = DB_OBJECT_NAME

    def _TypeInit(cls):
        cls._SelfDbObjectSerializator = DbObjectSerializator(cls)

        cls.LastId = ScalarDbField(cls.DbObjectName, None, R_LAST_ID)

        cls.Reg = SortedSetDbField(cls.DbObjectName, None, R_REG, cls._SelfDbObjectSerializator, DateTimeSerializator)
        cls._Reg_raw = SortedSetDbField(cls.DbObjectName, None, R_REG)

    def Create(cls):
        newDbObjectId = cls.LastId.increment()

        dbObject = cls(newDbObjectId)

        return dbObject

    def Get(cls, dbObjectId):
        assert dbObjectId

        if not cls._Reg_raw.contains(dbObjectId): return None

        return cls(dbObjectId)

    def delete(self):
        for value in self.__dict__.values():
            if isinstance(value, DbField):
                dbField = value

    def __init__(self, dbObjectId):
        assert dbObjectId

        self._dbObjectId = str(dbObjectId)

        self.createDate = ScoreDbField(self.DbObjectName, self._dbObjectId, F_CREATE_DATE, self.Reg, self, DateTimeSerializator)
        self.tag = ScalarDbField(self.DbObjectName, self._dbObjectId, F_TAG)

    def __hash__(self):
        return hash(self._dbObjectId)

    def __str__(self):
        return self._dbObjectId

    def __eq__(self, other):
        if type(self) != type(other): return False
        return (self.DbObjectName == other.DbObjectName) and (self._dbObjectId == other._dbObjectId)

    def __ne__(self, other):
        return not self.__eq__(other)

    id = property(lambda self: self._dbObjectId)

As you can see, class fields defining in TypeInit, which is called right after class creates. This trick provides inheritance support, so DbObject's derivative classes will contain LastId and Reg but for its own DbObjectName.

Is there way to make this more pythonic? I think this can be implemented with decorators, but I'm not sure it will be better.

Here are some DbFields:

class DbField():
    _Redis = None

    def Connect(cls, host=None, port=None):
        cls._Redis = Redis(host or 'localhost', port or 6379, decode_responses =True)

    def __init__(self, dbObjectName, dbObjectId, fieldName, valueSerializator=None):
        assert dbObjectName
        assert fieldName

        self._dbObjectName = dbObjectName
        self._dbObjectId = dbObjectId
        self._fieldName = fieldName

        if self._dbObjectId:
            self._key = "%s:%s:%s" % (self._dbObjectName, self._dbObjectId, self._fieldName)
            self._key = "%s:%s" % (self._dbObjectName, self._fieldName)

        self._valueSerializator = valueSerializator or Serializator

    def exists(self):
        return self._Redis.exists(self._key)

    def destroy(self):
        return self._Redis.delete(self._key)

class HashDbField(DbField):
    def __init__(self, dbObjectName, dbObjectId, fieldName, valueSerializator=None, nameSerializator=None):
        super(HashDbField, self).__init__(dbObjectName, dbObjectId, fieldName, valueSerializator)

        self._nameSerializator = nameSerializator or Serializator

    def set(self, name, value, overwrite=True):
        return (self._Redis.hset if overwrite else self._Redis.hsetnx)(
            self._key, self._nameSerializator.serialize(name), self._valueSerializator.serialize(value)

    def get(self, name):
        return self._valueSerializator.restore(
            self._Redis.hget(self._key, self._nameSerializator.serialize(name))

    def delete(self, name):
        return self._Redis.hdel(self._key, self._nameSerializator.serialize(name))

class SortedSetDbField(DbField):
    def __init__(self, dbObjectName, dbObjectId, fieldName, valueSerializator=None, scoreSerializator=None):
        super(SortedSetDbField, self).__init__(dbObjectName, dbObjectId, fieldName, valueSerializator)

        self._scoreSerializator = scoreSerializator or Serializator

    def add(self, value, score):
        self._Redis.zadd(self._key, self._valueSerializator.serialize(value), self._scoreSerializator.serialize(score))

    def getRange(self, start=0, end=-1, desc=False):
        return map(self._valueSerializator.restore, self._Redis.zrange(self._key, start=start, end=end, desc=desc))

    def getScore(self, value):
        return self._scoreSerializator.restore(self._Redis.zscore(self._key, self._valueSerializator.serialize(value)))

    def setScore(self, value, score):
        self.add(value, score)

    def indexOf(self, value):
        return self._Redis.zrank(self._key, self._valueSerializator.serialize(value))

    def contains(self, value):
        return self.indexOf(value) is not None

    def delete(self, value):
        self._Redis.zrem(self._key, self._valueSerializator.serialize(value))

    def count(self):
        return self._Redis.zcard(self._key)

    def union(self, sortedSetDbField):
        assert isinstance(sortedSetDbField, SortedSetDbField)

        self._Redis.zunionstore(self._key, (self._key, sortedSetDbField._key), aggregate='max')

    def subtract(self, sortedSetDbField):
        assert isinstance(sortedSetDbField, SortedSetDbField)

        self._Redis.zunionstore(self._key, {self._key: 1, sortedSetDbField._key: -1}, aggregate='min')
        self._Redis.zremrangebyscore(self._key, '-inf', 0)

class ScalarDbField(DbField):
    def set(self, value, overwrite=True):
        return (self._Redis.set if overwrite else self._Redis.setnx)(self._key, self._valueSerializator.serialize(value))

    def get(self):
        return self._valueSerializator.restore(self._Redis.get(self._key))

    def increment(self, amount=1):
        return self._Redis.incr(self._key, amount)

class RefValueDbField(ScalarDbField):
    def __init__(self, dbObjectName, dbObjectId, fieldName, targetHashDbField, targetHashDbFieldValue, valueSerializator=None):
        super(RefValueDbField, self).__init__(dbObjectName, dbObjectId, fieldName, valueSerializator)

        self._targetHashDbField = targetHashDbField
        self._targetHashDbFieldValue = targetHashDbFieldValue

    def set(self, name, overwrite=False):
        if not self._targetHashDbField.set(name, self._targetHashDbFieldValue, overwrite):
            return False

        oldName = self.get()
        super(RefValueDbField, self).set(name)

        if oldName is not None: self._targetHashDbField.delete(oldName)

        return True

    def destroy(self):
        name = self.get()
        if name is not None: self._targetHashDbField.delete(name)

        super(RefValueDbField, self).destroy()

class ScoreDbField(ScalarDbField):
    def __init__(self, dbObjectName, dbObjectId, fieldName, targetSortedSetDbField, targetSortedSetDbFieldValue, valueSerializator=None):
        assert isinstance(targetSortedSetDbField, SortedSetDbField)

        super(ScoreDbField, self).__init__(dbObjectName, dbObjectId, fieldName, valueSerializator)
        self._targetSortedSetDbField = targetSortedSetDbField
        self._targetSortedSetDbFieldValue = targetSortedSetDbFieldValue

    def set(self, score):
        self._targetSortedSetDbField.setScore(self._targetSortedSetDbFieldValue, score)
        super(ScoreDbField, self).set(score)

    def exists(self):
        return self._targetSortedSetDbField.contains(self._targetSortedSetDbFieldValue)

    def destroy(self):
        super(ScoreDbField, self).destroy()

I'm in trouble with ScalarDbField because I have to call get/set methods to get/set values. I can't use it like descriptor to get/set values like in regular variable because it mostly used like instance field, and I don't like to use properties with lambdas:

nick = property(lambda self: self._nick.get(), lambda self, value: self._nick.set(value))

Here is UserDbObject:

class UserDbObject(DbObject):
    DbObjectName = DB_OBJECT_NAME

    def _TypeInit(cls):
        super(cls, cls)._TypeInit()

        cls.Nicks = HashDbField(cls.DbObjectName, None, R_NICKS, cls._SelfDbObjectSerializator, nameSerializator=IgnoreCaseSerializator)
        cls.Emails = HashDbField(cls.DbObjectName, None, R_EMAILS, cls._SelfDbObjectSerializator, nameSerializator=IgnoreCaseSerializator)
        cls.AuthKeys = HashDbField(cls.DbObjectName, None, R_AUTH_KEYS, cls._SelfDbObjectSerializator)

        cls.LastLoginDates = SortedSetDbField(cls.DbObjectName, None, R_LAST_LOGIN_DATES, cls._SelfDbObjectSerializator, DateTimeSerializator)
        cls.LastActiveDates = SortedSetDbField(cls.DbObjectName, None, R_LAST_ACTIVE_DATES, cls._SelfDbObjectSerializator, DateTimeSerializator)

    def Create(cls, nick, email, password, name, surname):
        assert nick
        assert email
        assert password

        userDbObject = super(UserDbObject, cls).Create()

        def setRefFields():
            if not userDbObject.nick.set(nick): return False
            if not userDbObject.email.set(email): return False
            return True

        if not setRefFields():
            return None


        if name: userDbObject.name.set(name)
        if surname: userDbObject.surname.set(surname)

        return userDbObject

    def Get(cls, dbObjectId=None, nick=None, email=None, authKey=None):
        if dbObjectId:
            return super(UserDbObject, cls).Get(dbObjectId)

        if nick:
            return cls.Nicks.get(nick)

        if email:
            return cls.Emails.get(email)

        if authKey:
            return cls.AuthKeys.get(authKey)

        return None

    def setPassword(self, password):
        salt = generateRandomKey(SALT_LENGTH)
        self._passwordHash.set(countCoolHash(password, salt))

    def checkPassword(self, password):
        return self._passwordHash.get() == countCoolHash(password, self._salt.get())

    def generateNewAuthKey(self):
        while True:
            if self.authKey.set(generateRandomKey(AUTH_KEY_LENGTH)): break

    def __init__(self, dbObjectId):
        super(UserDbObject, self).__init__(dbObjectId)

        self.nick = RefValueDbField(self.DbObjectName, self._dbObjectId, F_NICK, self.Nicks, self)
        self.email = RefValueDbField(self.DbObjectName, self._dbObjectId, F_EMAIL, self.Emails, self)
        self.authKey = RefValueDbField(self.DbObjectName, self._dbObjectId, F_AUTH_KEY, self.AuthKeys, self)

        self._passwordHash = ScalarDbField(self.DbObjectName, self._dbObjectId, F_PASSWORD_HASH)
        self._salt = ScalarDbField(self.DbObjectName, self._dbObjectId, F_SALT)

        self.name = ScalarDbField(self.DbObjectName, self._dbObjectId, F_NAME)
        self.surname = ScalarDbField(self.DbObjectName, self._dbObjectId, F_SURNAME)

        self.lastLoginDate = ScoreDbField(self.DbObjectName, self._dbObjectId, F_LAST_LOGIN_DATE, self.LastLoginDates, self, DateTimeSerializator)
        self.lastActiveDate = ScoreDbField(self.DbObjectName, self._dbObjectId, F_LAST_ACTIVE_DATE, self.LastActiveDates, self, DateTimeSerializator)

        self.posts = SortedSetDbField(self.DbObjectName, self._dbObjectId, F_POSTS, self._PostDbObjectSerializator, DateTimeSerializator)

        self.followers = SortedSetDbField(self.DbObjectName, self._dbObjectId, F_FOLLOWERS, self._UserDbObjectSerializator, DateTimeSerializator)
        self.followingUsers = SortedSetDbField(self.DbObjectName, self._dbObjectId, F_FOLLOWING_USERS, self._UserDbObjectSerializator, DateTimeSerializator)

        self.feed = SortedSetDbField(self.DbObjectName, self._dbObjectId, F_FEED, self._PostDbObjectSerializator, DateTimeSerializator)

How can you help me improve this code?

  • \$\begingroup\$ While we're on the topic of being as pythonic as possible, PEP-8 recommends lowercase function names with underscores. So SortedSetDbField.get_score and UserDbObject.create. \$\endgroup\$
    – raylu
    Jan 15, 2013 at 3:23

1 Answer 1


Woah, that's a lot of code.

In Python 3, you can do replace super(DbObjectType, cls) by super().

Instead of

if not cls._Reg_raw.contains(dbObjectId): return None

return cls(dbObjectId)

You could do that

if cls._Reg_raw.contains(dbObjectId):
    return cls(dbObjectId)

Because Python automatically return None if nothing is returned. (Or return None can be changed to return but it's not important)

Instead of using old %-formatting style for strings, you should start using str.format which is preferred since 2.6, like I stated it here.

Comparing types is bad so this if type(self) != type(other): is bad. At least you should do if not isinstance(self, type(other)): or something along these lines.

Just FYI (just in case you or someone else didn't know), property can be used as a decorator too: property in Python doc .

Also check PEP-8 for proper naming conventions (how you should name your variables, methods, etc) as raylu said in comment of your question.

I must admit I didn't really analyze how your code works or what does it do: TL;DR. I just looked for some piece of code I know could have some minor amelioration to make it more Pythonic.

And I don't know Redis.


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