[Python-Dev] Parrot -- should life imitate satire?

Guido van Rossum guido@zope.com
Wed, 01 Aug 2001 00:03:58 -0400

> >The vtable looks a lot like Python's type object.  Is Perl's vtable an
> >object in its own right?
> Depends on your definition of object, I suppose. There is a mapping from 
> the low-level bits the interpreter needs to interpreted-language level 
> things--while the vtable won't actually be directly manipulatable at the 
> HLL level, manipulating HLL constructs will alter the vtable, so it's 
> effectively the same thing.

In Python, the type pointer really does point to a full-fledged
object.  Which probably means something quite different than it means
in Perl. :-)

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