Restricting methods in derived classes
huaiyu at gauss.almadan.ibm.com
Wed Sep 11 17:43:51 EDT 2002
This should be something that the new style class solves but I can't figure
out exactly how:
I need a class that is similar to dict, but, besides providing several
additional methods, it only inherits a subset of dict methods. What is the
best way to say that only a subset of methods are inherited?
Using the UserDict approach requires wrappers for all the inherited methods,
def keys(self): return self.dict.keys()
def items(self): return self.dict.items()
This has a function call overhead. I'd prefer something like
items = self.dict.items
but of course self is not defined here.
Using the "class MyClass(dict)" approach, how do I say that methods such as
update, __setitem__ are not inherited? I know the set/get attr trick, but
that adds a function call overhead on every method.
What I'm looking for is a way to say which methods from dict are inherited
in MyClass at the time the class is defined, without incuring a cost when
the methods are called. Is this possible?
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