# Goodbye if... elif... Easy to take down with Python decorator

Hello, everyone. Today, I read the code of EdgeDB in Github and found that it is dealing with a large number of if elif... Else, skillfully used the decorator. The method is exquisite. Let's share it with you.

Let's see what this method looks like. Suppose we want to make a function to judge the discount that a user can get according to his level. Regular if elif... It's written like this:

```def get_discount(level):
if level == 1:
"Mass calculation code"
discount = 0.1
elif level == 2:
"Mass calculation code"
discount = 0.2
elif level == 3:
discount = 0.3
elif level == 4:
discount = 0.4
elif level == 5:
discount = 0.5
elif level == 6:
discount = 3 + 2 - 5 * 0.1
else:
return discount```

As we all know, such a large number of if elif... The code is ugly and difficult to maintain. And there is a lot of code inside each if. This function will be pulled very long.

Some students know that they can rewrite this too long if judgment with a dictionary:

```def parse_level_1():
"Mass calculation code"
discount = 0.1
return discount

def parse_level_2():
"Mass calculation code"
discount = 0.2
return discount

def parse_level_3():
"Mass calculation code"
discount = 0.3
return discount

def parse_level_4():
"Mass calculation code"
discount = 0.4
return discount

def parse_level_5():
"Mass calculation code"
discount = 0.5
return discount

def parse_level_6():
"Mass calculation code"
discount = 3 + 2 - 5 * 0.1
return discount

discount_map = {
1: parse_level_1,
2: parse_level_2,
3: parse_level_3,
4: parse_level_4,
5: parse_level_5,
6: parse_level_6,
}

But the method I learned today is simpler than using a dictionary. Let's look at its effect first:

```@value_dispatch
def get_discount(level):

@get_discount.register(1)
def parse_level_1(level):
"Mass calculation code"
discount = 0.1
return discount

@get_discount.register(2)
def parse_level_2(level):
"Mass calculation code"
discount = 0.2
return discount

@get_discount.register(3)
def parse_level_3(level):
"Mass calculation code"
discount = 0.3
return discount

@get_discount.register(4)
def parse_level_4(level):
"Mass calculation code"
discount = 0.4
return discount

@get_discount.register(5)
def parse_level_5(level):
"Mass calculation code"
discount = 0.5
return discount

@get_discount.register(6)
def parse_level_1(level):
"Mass calculation code"
discount = 3 + 2 - 5 * 0.1
return discount

discount = get_discount(3)
print(f'For Level 3 users, the discount is:{discount}')```

The operation effect is shown in the figure below: Writing this way is more intuitive than using a dictionary, and more intuitive than directly using if elif... More concise.

So, this decorator_ How is dispatch implemented? The password is hidden in the source code  of the open source project EdgeDB. The core code is only more than 20 lines: Moreover, it can also implement or query. For example, when the user level is 2 or 3 and the discount is 0.2, the code can be written as:

```@get_discount.register(2)
@get_discount.register(3)
def parse_level_2(level):
"Mass calculation code"
discount = 0.2
return discount```

The operation effect is shown in the figure below: This code can only implement equal queries at present. But in fact, as long as the code is slightly modified, we can judge greater than, less than, greater than or equal to, less than or equal to, not equal to, in and so on. If you are interested, please leave a message at the bottom of the article. Tomorrow we will talk about how to transform this code and realize more logical judgment.

reference

 EdgeDB: https://github.com/edgedb/edgedb

 Source code: https://github.com/edgedb/edged

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Added by nev25 on Thu, 13 Jan 2022 09:50:32 +0200