Two minor syntactic proposals

Bengt Richter bokr at
Wed Jun 20 14:54:59 EDT 2001

On Mon, 18 Jun 2001 02:07:54 -0400, barry at (Barry A.
Warsaw) wrote:

>    GM> Suppose you have a class and want to add a new method to
>    GM> it. (Why? It's someone else's, you aren't allowed to change
>    GM> the source, and subclassing won't do because these things are
>    GM> created by code you don't control.)
>    GM> You can do it, thus:
>    |    def new_method(self, x):
>    |        something_else()
>    |        return x+1
>    |    Thing.new_method = new_method
>Long ago, I propsed being able to do something like
>class Thing:
>    pass
>def Thing.new_method(self, x):
>    something_else()
>    return x+1
>No new syntax is necessary, and it would allow more separation of
>interface and implementation, allowing the /interface/ to be the class
>definition, maybe even scarecrow-ish in nature, while the
>implementation could be completely separated into a separate file, or
>farther down in the same file.
>It never caught on, but this was in the (way) pre-PEP days.  If
>there's interest, I could write up a PEP on this.
I think my enhanced lambda version of def would work in this
context too:

class Thing:

Thing.new_method=def(self, x):
    return x+1

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