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

Dave Anderson python3000 at davious.org
Thu Dec 7 17:22:47 CET 2006

on 12/7/2006 10:57 AM Hasan Diwan wrote:
> On 07/12/06, Dave Anderson <python3000 at davious.org> wrote:
>> I feel on a different page from you.
>> My best guess it is that
>> def typeOfSuper(self):
>>         pass(subclass)
>> 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.
> No, that is spot-on.

The Implementations syntax sketch has no need for abstract classes, 
since concrete classes serve as the interfaces.  Still, in the syntax, 
one could simply define a class with a bunch of empty methods, and it 
would be usable as an abstract class.

>> 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):
> I find you're making the whole "implements" procedure, a little too 
> complex.

Ouch.  Touché.  :(

Simple things simple.  Complex things possible.

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