How do I overload 'equals'?
jcarlson at nospam.uci.edu
Tue Feb 3 04:24:35 CET 2004
> My motivation is to learn about the limitations and capability of Python.
That is easy, Python can't do it.
> We could call it a useless case.
So why bother? Oh yeah, "to learn about the limitations and capability
> I suspect that building an operator with un-obvious side effects
> is bad programming style.
Of course. Building a comparison operator that creates arbitrary
attributes on an argument is one, of many, examples of bad programming
> It's better to just use a simple function to do the assignment:
> aHouse = superAssign (myHouse)
I don't think that would do what you want. All that would do is assign
the name aHouse a reference to whatever is returned by
superAssign(myHouse). You aren't modifying what aHouse used to reference.
> I'd still like to build an arbitrary operator though.
It is not possible for all operators. For a list of those operators
that you /can/ overload, check the 'operator' module.
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