I uploaded a module named symboldict to the python package index (pypi). This snippet shows how to use it to create a dictionary of symbols from various modules. This dictionary can be used as a common language shared by several modules. It can be used to load python libraries in a lazy way. It also brings the power of python dictionaries to manipulate collections of functions.

"""This script demonstrates how to use module symboldict"""
# python 2 and 3

from symboldict import symbol, SymbolDict

# This symboldict instance refers symbolically to functions
# living in various modules. It defines a glossary of functions
# used in this script an potentially shared by other modules.

sy = SymbolDict(
    print_exc = symbol.traceback.print_exc,
    isdir = symbol.os.path.isdir,
    mkdtemp = symbol.tempfile.mkdtemp,
    pjoin = symbol.os.path.join,
    rmtree = symbol.shutil.rmtree,
    sleep = symbol.time.sleep,
    Tempdir = symbol.tempfile.TemporaryDirectory,

# The following code uses the symboldict to access external functions.
# The corresponding modules are imported lazily when they are needed

def function():
    root = sy.mkdtemp()
        spamfn = sy.pjoin(root, "spam.txt")
            x = 1/0
        except Exception as exc:
            with open(spamfn, 'w') as spam:  
            with open(spamfn) as spam:
    return root

if __name__ == '__main__':
    root = function()
    print('please wait ...')
    if sy.isdir(root):
        print('Directory {} still exists'.format(root))
        print('Directory {} has been removed'.format(root))

Upgrade today to version 0.3.0! It is an optimized version with respect to the efficiency of attribute access. To upgrade, use

pip install --upgrade symboldict

2015 jan 18

Edit: I hope some members of this forum will use symboldict in their programs and give some feedback in this thread!