[Python-Dev] Should we do away with unbound methods in Py3k?

Terry Reedy tjreedy at udel.edu
Thu Nov 22 01:58:37 CET 2007

If I understand correctly, this would negate the need for staticmethod() 
when accessing the function via the class (and not instances) since the 
main effect of that is to prevent the wrapping.  (And since I consider 
instance.somestaticmeth() as even less idiomatic Python that 
class.somestaticmeth(), I should think staticmethod then could go also.)

This change would certainly reinforce the idea that in Python, methods are 
just functions with a special access.  It might quiet the calls for 
'implicit' self.

It would make Python slightly easier to learn, I think, since the reason 
for unbound method wrapping is not obvious.  From what you said, it is a 
sacrifice of speed for safety.  But this is the only place I can think of 
where an argument type-check is automatically applied to user-written 

So, +whatever from me for making Python slightly simpler.


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