[Python-ideas] Why is design-by-contracts not widely adopted?

Paul Moore p.f.moore at gmail.com
Wed Sep 26 09:15:13 EDT 2018

On Wed, 26 Sep 2018 at 14:04, Marko Ristin-Kaufmann
<marko.ristin at gmail.com> wrote:
> @Chris Angelico  would annotating pathlib convince you that contracts are useful? Is it general enough to start with?

Whoa - be careful here. No-one is saying that "contracts aren't
useful" (at least not that I'd heard). We're saying that contracts
*aren't a solution for every library in existence* (which was
essentially your claim). Annotating pathlib can't convince anyone of
that claim. At best (and this is all that I'm imagining) it might give
some indication of why you have such an apparently-unreasonable level
of confidence in contracts.

I do not expect *ever* to believe you when you say that all projects
would benefit from contracts. What I might get from such an exercise
is a better understanding of what you're imagining when you talk about
a real project "using contracts". Best case scenario - I might be
persuaded to use them occasionally. Worst case scenario - I find them
distracting and unhelpful, and we agree to differ on their value.


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