Exception handling wart in Python

Paul Rubin phr-n2001d at nightsong.com
Sat Nov 3 05:08:08 CET 2001


"Leo Lipelis" <aeoo at myspamrealbox.com> writes:
> Ok looking at above it's not possible.  But how about here:
> 
> ---begin script---
>     def foo(frob):
>         x = frob.mumble()
> 
>     foo("String") # let's assume that string class has mumble method
>     foo(5)
>     foo(gdbm.open("bar", "rf"))
> ---end script---
> 
> At some point you do know the type.  You just have to infer it.  I agree
> that makes it more difficult than in Java.

In real Python code the way people write it, I don't think you can
infer types that way often enough to be useful.  Try another language,
like ML.



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