[Python-Dev] Built-in functions as methods

Phillip J. Eby pje@telecommunity.com
Fri, 18 Apr 2003 15:02:14 -0400

Hi guys.  Greg, you were asking about making built-in functions act like 
methods.  This could break code, if it applies to all built-in 
functions.  In more than one Python version, I have stuck a built-in type 
or function into a class, under the assumption that it would behave as a 
'staticmethod' now does.  If all built-in functions start acting like 
unbound methods, existing code will break.

I'm not positive, but I think there's even code like this in the standard 

I'm all for anything that makes Pyrex easier for Greg to maintain <wink>, 
but perhaps there is a flag that could be used to request the behavior so 
that existing code won't break?