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pyrec (Record.py) let's you: * Easily build immutable data structures * Use more declerative-style programming * Never have to write __init__ (for records, at least) * Avoid concurrency bugs * Reduce memory consumption when dealing with lots of objects All in once easy-to-include source file. Just "from Record import Record" see examples.py But be careful, once you get hooked on Record, you'll use it everywhere. Python will never be the same to you. UPDATE: Some have asked: "how is Record.py different from collection.namedtuple?". You could view this as an improvement on collection.namedtuple. Record.py actually existed before namedtuple, and I've learned a few things in the years I've been using it. Here are some advantages to Record.py that have been important to me the last few years: 1. It has a nicer interface. I prefer new(val1, val2) to _make([val1, val2]), alter to _update, and class Person(Record("name", "age")) to Person = namedtuple("Person", "name, age") 2. I added the set_field methods. That's what I use 90% of the time. Only about 10% of the time do I use alter. set_field is a lot more convenient. 3. With pyrec, you can safely override __iter__ and __getitem__. For example, in Record.py, you'll see the implementation of a LinkedList. I tried doing that with namedtuple, but the overidden __getitem__ clobers the name lookup and __iter__ clobers tuple unpacking. 4. pyrec has .namedValues for ordered (field, value) pairs, unlike _asdict() which throws out the order. Minor thing, but it's nice. 5. You can improve it! Have looked at the code for namedtuple? Ugly. This is pretty clean, so you can improve it very easily if you need additional functionality which will work with all of your records. In particular, the version of pyrec I use has some custom serialization stuff added to it, which is very handy. Good luck adding something like that to namedtuple. If you don't think that's compelling, go ahead and used namedtuple. It's still immutable, usees less memory, doesn't require __init__, and avoids concurrency bugs. pyrec is just easier to use. If you want most of the good stuff but still want to use namedtuples, I added NamedTuple.py which works almost exactly like Record but is a subclass of namedtuple. You still can't override __getitem__, though.