[Python-ideas] Support other dict types for type.__dict__

Jim Jewett jimjjewett at gmail.com
Mon Feb 27 21:39:37 CET 2012

On Sat, Feb 25, 2012 at 6:32 PM, Masklinn <masklinn at masklinn.net> wrote:
> On 2012-02-26, at 00:05 , Steven D'Aprano wrote:
>> - Immutable types can be used as keys in dicts.

Not always; for example, you can't use a tuple of lists, even though
the tuple itself is immutable.

> *technically*, you can use mutable types as dict keys if you define
> their __hash__ no? That is of course a bad idea when the instances
> are *expected* to be modified, but it should "work".

Not even a bad idea, if you define the hash carefully.  (Similar to
java final.)

Once hash(obj) returns something other than -1, it should return that
same value forever.  Attributes which do not contribute to the hash
can certainly still change.

That said, I would be nervous about changes to attributes that
contribute to __eq__, just because third party code may be so

>>> class Str(str): pass
>>> a=Str("a")
>>> a.x=5
>>> a == "a"
>>> "x" in dir("a")
>>> "x" in dir(a)


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