RFC 17: Python Namespaces
Author: Howard Butler
To provide the GDAL Python bindings in a Python package that is properly namespaced, eliminating pollution of Python's global namespace.
GDAL's Python bindings previously used globally-aware Python modules:
import gdal import osr import ogr import gdalconst import gdalnumeric
RFC 17 now provides these modules under the osgeo namespace:
from osgeo import gdal from osgeo import osr from osgeo import ogr from osgeo import gdalconst from osgeo import gdal_array
Additionally, the old module-style imports continue to work with a deprecation warning:
>>> import gdal /Users/hobu/svn/gdal/swig/python/gdal.py:3: DeprecationWarning: gdal.py was placed in a namespace, it is now available as osgeo.gdal warn('gdal.py was placed in a namespace, it is now available as osgeo.gdal', DeprecationWarning)
It is planned that we will remove the GDAL-specific global modules at some point in the future.
Other Sprint Updates
The work for this RFC was done at the FOSS4G2007 GDAL code sprint by Howard Butler and Chris Barker. In addition to the Python namespacing, some minor issues were dealt with respect to building the GDAL bindings.
The next-gen Python bindings now use setuptools by default if it is available.
The ./swig/python directory was slightly reorganized to separate extension building from pure python modules.
gdal2tiles, a Google Summer of Code project by Petr Klokan, was integrated into the next-gen bindings
A voice vote (our first ever!) commenced at the FOSS4G2007 sprint.
Frank Warmerdam +1
Howard Butler +1
Daniel Morissette +1
Tamas Szekerest +1