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Access type hints in python

While working on freshlinks, I got frustrated with not having my arguments typed correctly when coming from docopt. I know there's type-docopt, but that introduces a new syntax and I haven't fully evaluated that library yet.

In the meantime, I wanted to see if I could implement a minimal approach, but first I need to be able to get the type hints from a class definition.

from dataclasses import dataclass
from pathlib import Path
from typing import get_type_hints
from typing import Optional

class Args:
  """Reticulate the splines from the command-line.

  Usage: ./
    [--help | --version]
    [--debug] [--path PATH] [-n INT]

  help: bool = False
  """`-h, --help`   show the help message and exit"""

  version: bool = False
  """`--version`    show the program version and exit"""

  debug: bool = False
  """`--debug`      show debug messages"""

  path: Optional[Path] = None
  """`--path PATH`  path to splines"""

  n: int = 42
  """`-n INT`       number of splines to reticulate"""

# {
#   'help': <class 'bool'>,
#   'version': <class 'bool'>,
#   'debug': <class 'bool'>,
#   'path': typing.Union[pathlib.Path, NoneType],
#   'n': <class 'int'>
# }

I thought it might be easy, but I didn't think it would be this easy.

Now I just need to think about how to handle those Optional vs Union types.