Date manipulation and Java 'interface' equivalents

Quinn Dunkan quinn at
Wed Nov 8 09:57:19 CET 2000

On 07 Nov 2000 21:41:51 +0100, Martin Christensen
<knightsofspamalot-factotum at> wrote:
>I'm not sure I get your point, and I'd much appreciate elaboration. I
>have to manipulate different goods, say, knobs, dials and
>blinkenlights, and each of these are represented by objects of
>different classes, naturally. However, for some operations I want to
>manipulate these objects without necessarily knowing what kind of
>objects they are. In Java I would accomplish this by having them
>implement an interfacy Thingy that enables me to throw them around as
>I wish, and when I need the specific qualities of a certain class I
>can cast the Thingy object to whatever's relevant.

You'd do it exactly the same way in python, except there's no need to
implement any sort of "interface".  Your objects already have an interface:
their methods.  Throw anything anywhere you please, but don't bother writing
interfaces or casts.  You almost never need to know or even care what 'kind'
an object is... just call whatever method you want on it.  If it accepts the
method, then that's all you need to know about its type (if it doesn't you get
an exception).  I.e. if your Knobs and Dials have a 'twist' method, that's all
the client code cares about.  It couldn't care less what 'class' they belong
to.  I think that's what Alex meant by the "the method is the type" stuff.

Think of python as being a lot like Java, except instead of going through all
the declaration verbiage to convince the compiler what you say you want is
really what you want, just say what you want.  python will believe you the
first time :)

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