b3j0f.aop: Aspect Oriented Programming for Python

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This project is an Aspect Oriented Programming library for python with reflective concerns.

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pip install b3j0f.aop


  1. Free and unlimited access: no limits to sharing of ideas and knowledges with the license MIT.

  2. Performance:

    • less memory consumption in using the __slots__ class property.
    • less time on (un-)weaving and advice application improvement with binary python encoding and in using constants var in code.
    • (dis/en)abling advices without remove them in using dedicated Advice class.
  3. Easy to use:

    • joinpoint matching with function or regex.

    • distributed programming:

      • interception context sharing in order to ease behaviour sharing between advices.
      • uuid for advice identification in order to ease its use in a distributed context.
    • maintenable with well named variables and functions, comments and few lines.

    • extensible through pythonic code (PEP8), same logic to function code interception and concern modularisation with one module by joinpoint or advice.

    • respect of aspects vocabulary in order to ease its use among AOP users.

    • close to callable python objects in weaving all types of callable elements such as (built-in) functions, (built-in) class, (built-in) methods, callable objects, etc.

    • advices are callable objects.

    • Unit tests for all functions such as examples.

  4. Benchmark:

    • speed execution


  • Do not weave advices on readonly instance methods (where class use __slots__ attribute).


How to change the behaviour of min by max ?

>>> from b3j0f.aop import weave, is_intercepted
>>> double_advice = lambda joinpoint: joinpoint.proceed() * 2
>>> weave(target=min, advices=double_advice)
>>> min(6, 7)

How to check if a function is intercepted ?

>>> from b3j0f.aop import is_intercepted
>>> is_intercepted(min)

Ok, let’s get back its previous behaviour ...

>>> from b3j0f.aop import unweave
>>> unweave(min)
>>> min(6, 7)
>>> is_intercepted(min)

And with an annotation ?

>>> from b3j0f.aop import weave_on
>>> weave_on(advices=double_advice)(min)
>>> min(6, 7)
>>> is_intercepted(min)
>>> unweave(min)  # do not forget to unweave if weaving is useless ;)

Enjoy ...

State of the art

Related to improving criteria points (1. Free and unlimited access, etc.), a state of the art is provided here.

Library Url License Execution Use Benchmark Compatibility
b3j0f.aop https://github.com/b3j0f/aop MIT 4/5 4/5 4/5 4/5 (>=2.6)
pyaspects http://tinyurl.com/n7ccof5 GPL 2 4/5 2/5 2/5 2/5
aspects http://tinyurl.com/obp8t2v LGPL 2.1 2/5 2/5 2/5 2/5
aspect http://tinyurl.com/lpd87bd BSD 2/5 1/5 1/5 1/5
spring http://tinyurl.com/dmkpj3 Apache 4/5 2/5 3/5 2/5
pytilities http://tinyurl.com/q49ulr5 GPL 3 1/5 1/5 1/5 1/5



  • Not functional approach: Aspect class definition.
  • Side effects: Not close to python API.
  • Not optimized Weaving and Time execution: use classes and generic methods.
  • Not maintenable: poor comments.
  • open-source and use limitations: GPL 2.
  • limited in weave filtering.



  • open-source and use limitations: LGPL 2.1.
  • more difficulties to understand code with no respect of the AOP vocabulary, packaged into one module.
  • limited in weave filtering.



  • invert the AOP in decorating advices with joinpoint instead of weaving advices on joinpoint.
  • open-source and no use limitations: BSD.


  • Simple and functional approach with use of python tools.
  • maintenable: commented in respect of the PEP8.
  • limited in weave filtering.



  • a very powerful library dedicated to develop strong systems based on component based software engineering.
  • unittests.
  • huge community.


  • require to understand a lot of concepts and install an heavy library before doing a simple interception with AOP concerns.



  • Very complex and full library for doing aspects and other things.


  • open-source and use limitations: GPL 3.
  • not maintenable: missing documentations and not respect of the PEP8.
  • Executon time is not optimized with several classes used with generic getters without using __slots__. The only one optimization comes from the yield which requires from users to use it in their own advices (which must be a class).


  • wait feedbacks during 6 months before passing it to a stable version.
  • Cython implementation.


I'm grateful for gifts, but don't have a specific funding goal.