Overriding logical operators?

Michael Hudson mwh at python.net
Mon Aug 23 16:56:44 CEST 2004

Andrew Durdin <adurdin at gmail.com> writes:

> In Python, you can override the behaviour of most operators for a
> class, by defining __add__, __gt__, and the other special object
> methods.
> I noticed that, although there are special methods for most operators,
> they are conspicuously absent for the logical "or" and "and". 

That's because they're not operators, they're flow control constructs.
Well, maybe that's not a helpful answer, but it's one you haven't had
yet :-)

> Would it be possible to allow overriding the logical operators, with
> the caveat that overriding it would prevent short-circuiting?

I think this would be a foul abomination.  But maybe that's just me.
(I don't really approve of operator overloading either).


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