ConfigParser shootout, preliminary entry

Robert Brewer fumanchu at
Sat Oct 23 16:11:16 CEST 2004

Peter Hansen wrote:
> David Wilson wrote:
> > Skip Montanaro wrote:
> > 
> >>     * Both attribute-style and dictionary-style access supported
> > 
> > Can someone please enlighten me as to why this is a good 
> idea? The abuse 
> > of __getitem__ or __getattr__ (IMHO) should only occur inside 
> > transparent object proxies and suchlike -- I see no 
> relation between 
> > (key, value) mapping and attributes.
> Is it enough to say that it is a good idea *for some people*, and
> that you don't need to be convinced that it's a good idea for you,
> or in general, for that to remain a fact?
> And surely you don't really mean that you don't see a relation
> between (key, value) mapping and attributes.  You *can't* mean
> that... they are both forms of associative mapping.  A key or name
> maps to a value.  End of story.  Obvious as all get out.

Not to mention __dict__ ...? Even morely obviouser.

Robert Brewer
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