Would it be a good idea to mix 'concrete implementations of ABCs'*
directly in the abc module where the tooling to create ABCs live, or to
put it in a submodule? I feel it should be a submodule, but that isn't
based on vast experience.
* Yes, I know, these are not concrete implementations of types... I find
it a little confusing to describe.
It's a possibility. Feel free to comment on the issue if you want to discuss this further.
On 12/28/2015 22:58, Nick Coghlan wrote:
> On 29 December 2015 at 03:58, M.-A. Lemburg <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>> On 28.12.2015 18:42, Brett Cannon wrote:
>>> Speaking of using ABCs more, where should we put ABCs which have nothing to
>>> do with collections? As of right now all ABCs seem to get shoved into
>>> collections.abc, but e.g. Awaitable and Coroutine are not types of
>>> collections. I personally want to add a context manager ABC with a default
>>> I opened http://bugs.python.org/issue25637 to discuss this, but I figured a
>>> wider discussion wouldn't hurt. Some suggest just putting the ABCs into the
>>> abc module. We could create an interfaces module (top-level or a submodule
>>> of ABC). The other option is to put the ABCs in subject-specific modules,
>>> so my context manager one would go into contextlib (either top-level or an
>>> abc submodule); don't know where the coroutine ones would go since it might
>>> be overloading asyncio if we out them there.
>>> Anyway, the key point is collections.abc is starting to get non-collections
>>> stuff and if we are going to start pushing ABCs more we should decide how
>>> we want to organize them in general in the stdlib and instead of dumping
>>> them into collections.abc.
>> I'd put them into the abc module (perhaps turning this into a
>> package, if things get too crowded).
>> collections.abc could then do a "from abc import *" for b/w
> With the benefit of hindsight, I think a broad namespace separation
> like that might have been a good way to go from a data model
> discoverability perspective, as it clearly separates the abstract
> descriptions of data and control flow modelling concepts from the
> concrete implementations of those concepts.
> However, we should also keep in mind which standard library modules
> already publish ABCs, which is at least:
> (That list was collected by grepping Python files for ABCMeta, so I
> may have missed some)
> That suggests to me that this design decision has effectively already
> been made, and it's to include the ABCs in the relevant domain
> specific modules. The inclusion of the non-collections related ABCs in
> collections.abc are the anomaly, which can be addressed by moving them
> out to a more appropriate location (adjusting the documentation
> accordingly), and then importing them into collections.abc for
> backwards compatibility (taking care not to increase the startup
> import footprint too much in the process).
> The current collections.abc interfaces which I think are most at issue here:
> (I'm excluding Hashable from the list, as the main reason that matters
> is in describing whether or not something is suitable for inclusion in
> a dict or set)
> These differ from the rest of the collections.abc interfaces in that
> they're more closely associated with language level control flow
> syntax than they are with containers specifically:
> Callable - function calls
> Iterable - for loops, comprehensions
> Iterator - for loops, comprehensions
> Generator - generators, generator expressions
> Awaitable - await expressions
> Coroutine - async def
> AsyncIterable - async for
> AsyncIterator - async for
> Adding ContextManager and AsyncContextManager would give ABCs for the
> protocols related to "with" and "async with".
> Since these all correspond to syntactic protocols, I now think it's
> reasonable to include them directly in the "abc" namespace, since that
> still gives us a clear guideline for which ABCs go there, and which
> belong somewhere else: if it has syntax associated with it, or it's
> part of the ABC machinery itself, then it can go directly in the "abc"
> namespace. Using the "abc" namespace also ensures there isn't any
> additional import overhead, since that gets imported by all ABC using
> code anyway.
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