[Python-ideas] non-Pre-PEP: Syntactic replacement of built-in typeswith user-defined callables (Take 2... fewer newlines!)

Terry Reedy tjreedy at udel.edu
Wed Jan 30 04:01:57 CET 2008

"Taro" <taroso at gmail.com> wrote in message 
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| Theoretical Performance Differences:  Since a typedef is purely
| syntactic sugar, and all tranformational work would be done at
| compilation,

I think this is a key issue which, unfortunately, I believe, works against 
your proposal.  If the alternative constructor is a builtin C function, 
then yes, the transformation could be done at compile time.  But I think 
this much more difficult for one written in Python.  As far as I know, the 
byte-code interpreter is not normally running during compilation.  From 
__future__ imports work precisely because they are not really imports.  But 
alternate constructor imports would have to be.  I don't know enough, 
though, to know if this could be made to work.


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