[Edu-sig] A request for Kirby

Andre Roberge andre.roberge at gmail.com
Sat Sep 5 21:04:39 CEST 2009

Dear Kirby,

Many times on this list and elsewhere (
http://mybizmo.blogspot.com/2006/08/python-pedagogy.html and
http://controlroom.blogspot.com/2006/09/lunch-on-hawthorne.html) you have
written about Python's special methods as "__ribs__".    While you have
given many examples ... it is difficult to find a single definitive link
that others could be directed to, to learn about this approach (with links
to other examples...).

I think it would be very useful to all of us if you could come up with a
"reasonably complete" single post (either on this list or on some other
website) about __ribs__, starting from the beginning simple image,
meandering in your own unique way to perhaps conclude with an example
showing operator overloading (with fractions?) using Python's special

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