[Python-3000] PEP Parade

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Tue May 1 23:04:35 CEST 2007

On 5/1/07, Phillip J. Eby <pje at telecommunity.com> wrote:
> At 12:14 PM 5/1/2007 -0700, Guido van Rossum wrote:
> >Suppose you couldn't assign to __class__ of a function (that's too
> >messy to deal with in CPython) and you couldn't assign to its __code__
> >either. What proposed functionality would you lose?
> The ability to overload any function, without having to track down all the
> places it's already been imported or otherwise saved, and change them to
> point to a new function or a non-function object.

Frankly, I'm not sure this is worth all the proposed contortions. I'd
be happy (especially as long as this is a pure-Python thing) to have
to flag the base implementation explicitly with a decorator to make it
overloadable. That seems KISS to me.

--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)

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