[Python-ideas] Should we improve `dir`?
raymond.hettinger at gmail.com
Sat Sep 14 22:54:06 CEST 2013
On Sep 14, 2013, at 12:15 PM, David Halter <davidhalter88 at gmail.com> wrote:
> After discussions, I realized that I should probably bring this up in python-ideas, I think the current implementation can be very confusing for people trying to introspect classes with `dir`, which is IMHO its typical use case.
The current behavior of dir() is a bit irritating when I am teaching how Python works.
That said, the irritation is minor and easily overcome.
I would not want to change the behavior and risk breaking
existing introspection code (that code is tends to be more
fragile and implementation than most other code).
In other words, I just don't think it is worth changing something
that has been in-place for a very long long time. The minor
benefit doesn't want the downsides that goes with API churn.
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