[Python-ideas] A user story concerning things knowing their own names

Jim Jewett jimjjewett at gmail.com
Sat Mar 19 02:58:21 CET 2011

On Fri, Mar 18, 2011 at 9:37 PM, Greg Ewing <greg.ewing at canterbury.ac.nz> wrote:
> Guido van Rossum wrote:

>> There's another pattern where all class attributes that have a certain
>> property are also collected in a per-class datastructure,

> I think __addtoclass__ could cover those as well,
> if you can arrange for the relevant objects to inherit
> from a class having an appropriate __addtoclass__
> implementation.

How do you put an attribute (such as __addtoclass__ ) on a name?  Or
are you proposing that the actual pattern be something more like:


And that normal initiation be handled either later, or as part of the
SpecialObj initiation

    x=SpecialObj(); x=5

Doing this for every name seems likely to be wasteful.  Doing it only
for certain initial values seems too magical.
Doing it only for certain attributes -- there still needs to be a way
to mark them, and I suppose we're back to either a decorator or a
special assignment operator.



What have I missed here?


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