[Python-Dev] defaultdict and on_missing()

Greg Ewing greg.ewing at canterbury.ac.nz
Thu Mar 2 05:18:38 CET 2006

Guido van Rossum wrote:

> str.join() is an interesting case...

 > Making it a
> string method is arguably the right thing to do, since this operation
> only makes sense for strings. 

 > The type of such a polymorphic function is easily specified:
> join(sequence[T], T) -> T, where T is a string-ish type.

I'd say it makes sense for any type that supports
concatenation (maybe that's what you mean by "string-ish"?)

This looks like a case where the xxx()/__xxx__() pattern
could be of benefit. Suppose there were a function

   def join(seq, sep):
     if hasattr(sep, '__join__'):
       return sep.__join__(seq)
       # generic implementation

Then you could get nice fast type-specific implementations
for strings, bytes, etc., without being limited to those

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