Interface Definitions

Throughout this documentation a number of stubbed-out class definitions will be presented showing an interface defined by a base class that needs to be implemented by the deriving classes. The following conventions will be used when presenting such an interface:

  • Methods shown raising NotImplementedError are abstract and must be overridden by subclasses.

  • Methods with pass in their body may be (but do not need to be) overridden by subclasses. If not overridden, these methods will default to the base class implementation, which may or may not be a no-op (the pass in the interface specification does not necessarily mean that the method does not have an actual implementation in the base class).


    If you do override these methods you must remember to call the base class’ version inside your implementation as well.

  • Attributes who’s value is shown as None must be redefined by the subclasses with an appropriate value.

  • Attributes who’s value is shown as something other than None (including empty strings/lists/dicts) may be (but do not need to be) overridden by subclasses. If not overridden, they will default to the value shown.

Keep in mind that the above convention applies only when showing interface definitions and may not apply elsewhere in the documentation. Also, in the interest of clarity, only the relevant parts of the base class definitions will be shown some members (such as internal methods) may be omitted.

Code Snippets

Code snippets provided are intended to be valid Python code, and to be complete. However, for the sake of clarity, in some cases only the relevant parts will be shown with some details omitted (details that may necessary to validity of the code but not to understanding of the concept being illustrated). In such cases, a commented ellipsis will be used to indicate that parts of the code have been dropped. E.g.

# ...

def update_result(self, context):
   # ...
   context.result.add_metric('energy', 23.6, 'Joules', lower_is_better=True)

# ...

Core Class Names

When core classes are referenced throughout the documentation, usually their fully-qualified names are given e.g. wlauto.core.workload.Workload. This is done so that Sphinx can resolve them and provide a link. While implementing extensions, however, you should not be importing anything directly form under wlauto.core. Instead, classes you are meant to instantiate or subclass have been aliased in the root wlauto package, and should be imported from there, e.g.

from wlauto import Workload

All examples given in the documentation follow this convention. Please note that this only applies to the wlauto.core subpackage; all other classes should be imported for their corresponding subpackages.