Custom features

New in version 0.5.0.

Architect supports custom features which can be used to add completely new functionality to a model or to redefine some built-in feature’s behaviour. A completely new feature can be created and installed as the following:

from architect.orms.bases import BaseFeature

class CustomFeature(BaseFeature):
    orm = 'django'
    name = 'my_feature'
    decorate = ('bar',)

    def foo(self):
        """Does something with a model"""

    def _decorate_bar(method):
        """Decorates model's bar method"""
        def wrapper(instance, *args, **kwargs):
            # Do something before method invocation
            method(instance, *args, **kwargs)
            # Do something after method invocation
        return wrapper

class Model(object):

To be considered a feature class, a class should inherit from a BaseFeature or any other class that itself inherits from a BaseFeature and implement orm and name attributes. orm attribute is used to identify to which ORM this feature belongs to and name attribute is used by Architect to identify this feature in an internal feature registry. If a feature class should be considered a base for other feature classes simply don’t set an orm attribute and it will defaults to None which tells Architect that this is a base feature class.


BaseFeature class provides the following methods and attributes:

orm = None

which orm this feature belongs to

name = None

name that will be used to access this feature

decorate = ()

model methods that should be decorated by feature decorators

dependencies = ()

features that this feature depends on

__init__(model_obj, model_cls, **options)
  • model_obj (object) – (required). Model instance object to work with.
  • model_cls (class) – (required). Model class to work with.
  • options (dictionary) – (optional). Feature options if any.