The X object

The X object is a shortcut for writing simple, one-argument lambdas.

It’s roughly equivalent to this: lambda x: x


~X.some_attr.some_func(1, 2, 3).whatever
# produces:
lambda x: x.some_attr.some_func(1, 2, 3).whatever

~(X > 5)
# produces:
lambda x: x > 5

Any of the supported operations performed on an X object yield another one that remembers what was done to it, so they can be chained.

The ~ operator creates the actual function that can be called (without creating just another X instance). However, this can be omitted within pipe and pipe-utils context where X is converted to a function automatically:

users > where(X.is_staff) | foreach(X.first_name) | X[:10]

But you can make use of X even outside pipetools, you just have to remember to prefix it with ~

my_list = list(users)

Currently supported operations

These are added as I need them. It’s quite complete now, but if you’re still missing something you can add it yourself or create an issue on github.

  • call (__call__):

    X(some, agrs, some=kwargs)
  • equals (__eq__):

    X == something
  • not equal (__ne__):

    X != something
  • attribute access (__getattr__):

    getattr(X, 'something')
  • item access, slicing (__getitem__):

  • greater than (__gt__):

    X > 3
  • greater or equal (__ge__):

    X >= 3
  • less than (__lt__):

    X < 3
  • less or equal (__le__):

    X <= 3
  • modulo (__mod__):

    X % 2
  • negate (__neg__):

  • multiplication (__mul__):

    X * 3
  • division (__div__):

    X / 3
  • addition (__add__):

    X + 3
    X + " ...that's what she said!"
  • subtraction (__sub__):

    X - 3
  • power (__pow__):

    X ** 2
  • is contained in (_in_)

    Unfortunately, X in container can’t be done (because the magic method is called on the container) so there’s a special method for that:


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