[Python-Dev] New Super PEP

skip at pobox.com skip at pobox.com
Sun Apr 29 13:39:09 CEST 2007

    James> This is only a halfway fix to DRY, and it really only fixes the
    James> less important half. The important problem with super is that it
    James> encourages people to write incorrect code by requiring that you
    James> explicitly specify an argument list. Since calling super with any
    James> arguments other than the exact same arguments you have received
    James> is nearly always wrong, requiring that the arglist be specified
    James> is an attractive nuisance.

Since the language doesn't require that a subclassed method take the same
parameters as the base class method, you can't assume that it does.  super()
should simply mean "call with no arguments".

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