[Python-Dev] __dir__, part 2
fredrik at pythonware.com
Fri Nov 10 21:25:02 CET 2006
Thomas Heller wrote:
>>> No objection on targetting 2.6 if other developers agree. Seems this
>>> is well under way. good work!
>> given that dir() is used extensively by introspection tools, I'm
>> not sure I'm positive to a __dir__ that *overrides* the standard
>> dir() behaviour. *adding* to the default dir() list is okay, re-
>> placing it is a lot more questionable.
> One part that *I* would like about a complete overridable __dir__ implementation
> is that it would be nice to customize what help(something) prints.
I don't think you should confuse reliable introspection with the help
system, though. introspection is used for a lot more than implementing
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