Python evangelists unite!

James_Althoff at James_Althoff at
Fri Nov 30 01:18:15 CET 2001

Peter Milliken wrote:
>There is no real justification that works for these "features" of python -

OTOH, there *are* plenty of good *reasons* for them.

Consider "adding attributes to instances".  Languages that don't support
this feature directly require some kind of a workaround since this is
something that one simply needs to do from time to time.  A typical
workaround is to define, as part of a class's definition, a catch-all
property whose value is a hashtable.  Clients add "instance-specific"
attributes to a given instance "on the fly" by adding name-value pairs to
the instance's hashtable.  Java/Swing's JComponent (with its
putClientProperty and getClientProperty methods) is a good example of this
type of workaround.


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