[Python-ideas] Fwd: Define a method or function attribute outside of a class with the dot operator

Ethan Furman ethan at stoneleaf.us
Fri Feb 10 14:02:29 EST 2017

On 02/10/2017 10:48 AM, Nick Timkovich wrote:

> If everything was contained right in the same file, this is sanctioning
>  another way to do it (when there should only be one obvious way).

No worries, this way is not obvious.

>  If you have multiple modules/packages, horrors can evolve where a class
>  method could be patched in an unknown location by any loaded module (or
>  you could even introduce order-of-import sensitivities).

Folks can still do that nightmare right now.

I'm -0.5 on it -- I don't think the payoff is worth the pain.

But I'm +1 on writing a PEP -- collect all these pros and cons in one place to save on future discussion.  (And (good) PEP writing is a way to earn valuable Python Points!)


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