[Python-3000] Implementations: A syntax for extending method dispatching beyond type/class inheritance

Dave Anderson python3000 at davious.org
Thu Dec 7 16:37:24 CET 2006

on 12/7/2006 10:06 AM Hasan Diwan wrote:
> The parametrized version of the pass keyword could be used to indicate a 
> formal interface.
> I may be missing something here, but we already have a mechanism for 
> defining that a object defines certain methods. Could we not keep it 
> orthogonal and have, e. g.:
> class super():
>    def __init__(self): pass
>    def typeOfSuper(self): pass(subclass)
> The way pass is defined now would remain the default. A new builtin 
> pass() would be added to support your notion of interfaces.

I feel on a different page from you.

My best guess it is that

def typeOfSuper(self):

is ceding its implementation to its subclasses, kind of like what an 
abstract class or interface would do

but I feel my guess is wrong.  Please clarify.

>> def add_key_value_pair(arg: MutableContainer.add, key, value):
>>         arg[key] = value
> def __add__(self, onemore):
>    MutableContainer.add (self, onemore.key, onemore.value):

I'm not getting the insight you are trying to convey by contrasting 
these two functions.

The former is an example of someone writing a function whose first 
parameter is expected to be any object that is derived from 
MutableContainer (including dict), or is derived from a class that 
implements MutableContainer (including those implementing dict), or is 
derived from a class that specifically implements MutableContainer.add 
using a declaration like:

class CanAdd:
	implements MutableContainer.add

	def add(self, key, value):

The later seems to be a class method which uses MutableContainer's add 
method to add any object that has a key and a value attribute.

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