[Python-ideas] ABC: what about the method arguments ?

Tarek Ziadé ziade.tarek at gmail.com
Thu Sep 23 17:01:29 CEST 2010

On Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 4:53 PM, Guido van Rossum <guido at python.org> wrote:
> That is not a new idea. So far I have always rejected it because I
> worry about both false positives and false negatives. Trying to
> enforce that the method *behaves* as it should (or even its return
> type) is hopeless; there can be a variety of reasons to modify the
> argument list while still conforming to (the intent of) the interface.
> I also worry that it will slow everything down.


> That said, if you want to provide a standard mechanism that can
> *optionally* be turned on to check argument conformance, e.g. by using
> a class or method decorator on the subclass, I would be fine with that
> (as long as it runs purely at class-definition time; it shouldn't slow
> down class instantiation or method calls). It will probably even find
> some bugs. It will also surely have to be tuned to avoid certain
> classes false positives.

I'll experiment on this and come back :)


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