[Python-ideas] Idea for the mapping API

Ryan Freckleton ryan.freckleton at gmail.com
Sun Feb 10 03:41:27 CET 2008

I'd rather have the dict built-in function be a dynamically
over-loadable (generic) function. I think it's a better fit than
adding another __special__ method. The same technique could be used
for the other built-in types and user created classes.

Somewhat similar to Eiffel, actually...

On Feb 9, 2008 6:22 PM, Raymond Hettinger <python at rcn.com> wrote:
> Perhaps, the dict() constructor should accept any object with a __dict__ method.
> The principle is that almost any object that has key and value pairs (named tuples for example) should be readily convertable to and
> from a dictionary.  The current, non-uniform alternative is for the object to provide an asdict() method and for the user to call it
> directly.
> Raymond
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