[Python-Dev] Naming and Binding of Objects (was: Relative Package Imports) (fwd)

Vladimir Marangozov Vladimir.Marangozov@inrialpes.fr
Thu, 30 Sep 1999 12:46:48 +0100 (NFT)

David Ascher wrote:
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> On Sat, 18 Sep 1999, Vladimir Marangozov wrote:
> > 
> > Saltzer J., "Naming and Binding of Objects", in Bayer R., "Operating
> > Systems - An Advanced Course", pp. 99-208, LNCS 60, 1978.
> > 
> > It's not available online (it was written on a typewriter), so I'd be
> > happy to send a hard copy of it to anyone who raises a hand in private
> > mail (or cannot find LNCS 60).
> I then asked him for a copy stating:
> > If you send it to me, I can OCR it and make it available online.
> and he generously sent it to me.  The problem is that I hadn't noticed the
> length of the manuscript.  It's over a hundred pages, and the copy is nth
> generation, making OCR pretty much useless.

If I find some spare time, I'll do it. This paper is a classic in Comp Sci
that we kindly invite our students to read. In research language, we say that
Saltzer has made "the turn around the clock" regarding this issue, putting
a period on it (i.e. there's hardly something more to say).

It's interesting, however, to see how the theory was applied on Python and
to establish the fairly easy analogy of the binding model. This analogy
proves the good design choices Guido has made, but also reveals some
weaknesses or the incompleteness of the current implementation. I hope
to discuss this for Python 2 in due time and perhaps settle on a compromise
which trades genericity for performance. The naming/binding problem drives
the whole implementation logic in Python (objects, classes, scopes, etc.).

> So, if anyone wants a copy, I can make and send copies (which would make
> most sense for folks in the US -- sending things from France isn't cheap).

I have 2 more copies lying around, ready to be sent. Give me an adress.
The first 2 adresses win a hard copy, no matter the location (don't worry
about mail costs.)

       Vladimir MARANGOZOV          | Vladimir.Marangozov@inrialpes.fr
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