[pypy-dev] Re: fun with functions

Terry Reedy tjreedy at udel.edu
Sun Jun 27 07:11:32 CEST 2004

"holger krekel" <hpk at trillke.net> wrote in message
news:20040626110439.GM19360 at solar.trillke...
> Hi Armin,
> [Armin Rigo Fri, Jun 25, 2004 at 05:18:18PM +0100]
> > Moreover, we have a different compatibility problem too: in CPython,
> > functions don't have a __get__, so you can put them in classes and read
> > out without having the first argument bound to the instance.  For
example, if
> > you put 'operator.add' in the class TrivialObjSpace, then 'space.add'
> > exactly 'operator.add' and not a bound version of it.
> >
> > What should we do about it?  Maybe asking python-dev for guidance?
> We could ask who is relying on this behaviour that builtin functions
> get bound on classes.  Or maybe just ask who even *knows* it let alone
> on it :-)

>From this user's viewpoint, the fact that CPython's built-in functions do
not quite act the same as functions defined in Python itself (and hence
need a separate type ) is a bit of a optimization glitch.  Breaking the
Python function model does occasionally bite people, leading to puzzled
queries on c.l.p (Why doesn't this work (with a builtin) when that did
(with a true func)?  ... Because builtins are not the same...).  So I see
the possibility of uniform behavior as an advantage.

You might look as what Jython does with its builtins (I have no idea).

Terry J. Reedy

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