macro FAQ

Christos TZOTZIOY Georgiou tzot at
Mon Aug 25 09:50:06 CEST 2003

On 24 Aug 2003 16:34:08 +0200, rumours say that Jacek Generowicz
<jacek.generowicz at> might have written:

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>> No, wait a minute -- instances, not classes??  Sounds like an abuse of
>> the language to me.  What *is* the underlying problem to be solved
>> here?
>It started in the Ruby thread: in Ruby classes are "open".
>Say you're developing a class (foo), make a gazillion instances of it,
>and play around with them as you are continuing to develop your
>program. Suddenly you realize "Darn, I really need a fubar method!"
>In Ruby you do something like:
>class foo
>   def fubar ...
>   end
>All your existing gazillion instances of foo have just acquired a
>fubar method, and you can happily continue your exploration with all
>the state you built up still intact.
>The first thing you might try to do in Python is to add the fubar
>method to the class source code, and re-evaluate it ... only to find
>that your existing instances know nothing about the new method ... so
>you have to go through the hassle of re-creating a gazillion of them,
>before you can continue with what you were doing.

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>>> class A(object):

>>> a= A()
>>> a.test()
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<pyshell#21>", line 1, in ?
AttributeError: 'A' object has no attribute 'test'
>>> def test(self):
	print id(self)

>>> A.test = test
>>> a.test()

##### code ends here #####
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