Trick code completion with PyDev like with PDT?

Is there a way to help PyDev code completion by telling it the type of a variable?

With PDT, you can use PHPDoc-like syntax for such purpose:

/* @var $my_var MyClass */
$my_var = myFunction();
// PDT is able to figure out that $my_var is a MyClass object.

But till now, I cannot figure out how to do the same in python.

Asked by: Maddie136 | Posted: 06-12-2021

Answer 1

The assert trick does not seem to work for me with PyDev 2.2.2 ; it is still supposed to ?

However another trick I tried and that work is the following :

class Foo(object):
    def __init__(self, bar): = bar
       # Tricking PyDev
       if (not
 = Bar()
          raise Exception("Bar should not be null")

In all cases, it looks pretty hacky, and I would love a cleaner way to do things (documentation, annotation, whatever)

Answered by: Gianna800 | Posted: 07-01-2022

Answer 2

Actually, you can if you do an assert isinstance()


a = function()
assert isinstance(a, MyClass)
a. <- would get the proper completions

Note that Pydev does analyze the return of the functions, so, it's possible that it knows that on a number of cases.

Also, that shouldn't have runtime penalties if you use python -O (which will remove the asserts)

Answered by: Arnold934 | Posted: 07-01-2022

Answer 3

Nope (see the docs). It looks like PyDev does completion of imported stuff and language keywords.

It doesn't seem like this would come up a lot though. The variable in question seems like it would only be unknown to pydev if it were passed in as a function argument with no default value.And, if you have a function operating on your own class, it seems like that should be a class member (so autocomplete would already work).

Answered by: Blake360 | Posted: 07-01-2022

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