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For extracting def use statements from code

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Fully Qualified Names

A name cannot be dissected any further by means of a definition: it is a primitive sign -- Ludwig Wittgenstein

Powered by tree-sitter, fully-qualified-names lets you extract simple and fully qualified names from code written in JavaScript, TypeScript, Python or Java. Those names are further split into declarations and usages which provides a convenient simplification of more complex ASTs for static analysis.

How to use

The package offers a Rust and a JS API, the latter based on WASM. To get names from a Python code snippet in Rust you would use something like the following.

use fully-qualified-names::Python;

let code = r#"class Person:
  def __init__(self, name):
    self.name = name

  def hello(self):
    return f"Hello, {self.name}"

let names = Python::find_names(code).unwrap();

The same in JS would look as follows.

import { Python } from '@aws/fully-qualified-names';

const code = `class Person:
  def __init__(self, name):
    self.name = name

  def hello(self):
    return f"Hello, {self.name}"

const names = await Python.findNames(code);


In programming, identifers are used to refer to values, types and code passages.


Those all have simple names which are context-specific, and fully qualified names (subsequently abbreviated as FQNs), which are unambiguous and unique across projects.

Take e.g. the following Rust code snippet.

let list = std::vec::Vec::new();

Here we have several simple names (list, std, vec, Vec, new), which include variable (list), module (std, vec), type (Vec) and method (new) names.

All of those have FQNs as well, the new method's FQN is explicitly stated as std::vec::Vec::new, the list variable's FQN can only be determined with knowledge of the surrounding package and module structure.

Declaration -- Usage

The names introduced above can be furthermore be separated into declarations (list) and usages (std::vec::Vec::new)

Declaration: A declaration is a statement which introduces a name into a scope.

Value Usage: A symbol name is used in an expression which requires evaluating (i.e. looking up) the symbol’s definition.

Type Usage: A type name is used by the compiler in a left-hand-side context to

  • ensure a value in a right-right-hand side context has the required type
  • avoid type propagation/inference across scopes


See CONTRIBUTING for more information.


This project is licensed under the Apache-2.0 License.


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