Subclassing Type

What is called type in the specification is represented in this implementation by subclasses of Type. Type instances, conveniently, are instances of those classes.

class teleport.Type

Conceptually, an instance of this class is a value space, a set of JSON values. As such, the only method defined by the Teleport specification is check(), everything else is extentions made by this implementation.

When a type needs to access the t() function from one of its methods (for recursive serialization, for example), it should use the same t() function that was used to create it in the first place.

Instances of Type have a t attribute that is automatically set to this value, so you can access it from one of the methods below as self.t.


Returns True if json_value is a member of this type’s value space and False if it is not.

>>> t("DateTime").check(u"2015-04-05T14:30")
>>> t("DateTime").check(u"2007-04-05T14:30 DROP TABLE users;")

Convert JSON value to native value. Raises Undefined if json_value is not a member of this type. By default, this method returns the JSON value unchanged.

>>> t("DateTime").from_json(u"2015-04-05T14:30")
datetime.datetime(2015, 4, 5, 14, 30)

Convert valid native value to JSON value. By default, this method returns the native value unchanged, assuming that it is already in the format expected by the json module.

>>> t("DateTime").to_json(datetime.datetime(2015, 4, 5, 14, 30))
class teleport.ConcreteType(t)

Subclass this to tell Teleport that your custom type is concrete.

class teleport.GenericType(t, param)

Subclass this to tell Teleport that your custom type is generic.


A dict mapping type names to subclasses of Type. When this class gets instantiated, the type map is initiated with types taken from this dict.

>>> from teleport import CORE_TYPES
{'Array': teleport.core.ArrayType,
 'Boolean': teleport.core.BooleanType,
 'DateTime': teleport.core.DateTimeType,
 'Decimal': teleport.core.DecimalType,
 'Integer': teleport.core.IntegerType,
 'JSON': teleport.core.JSONType,
 'Map': teleport.core.MapType,
 'Schema': teleport.core.SchemaType,
 'String': teleport.core.StringType,
 'Struct': teleport.core.StructType}