[Python-Dev] PEP 435 -- Adding an Enum type to the Python standard library

Greg Ewing greg.ewing at canterbury.ac.nz
Sat Apr 27 03:22:53 CEST 2013

Guido van Rossum wrote:
> If we had access to the syntax used for the definition, this would be
> simple: assignments define items, def statements define methods. But
> at run time we only see the final object resulting from the
> definition,

Another way we could tell the difference is if the def
statement used a different protocol for making bindings
than assignment.

Suppose a def statement used in a class body called
__defitem__, if it exists, instead of __setitem__. Then
the metaclass would be able to do different things for
defs and assignments.


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