Python Macros

Alex Martelli aleaxit at
Wed Oct 6 10:34:45 CEST 2004

gabriele renzi <rff_rff at> wrote:

> Jacek Generowicz ha scritto:
> > _Most_ object-oriented languages support object orientation via the
> > message passing paradigm. Python included.
> I disagree slightly.
> I think the difference is really subtle, but there are some dict-based
> languages like python and some message-based like smalltalk.
> Actually I think the discriminating is having a doesNotUnderstand:-like
> facility versus a __getattr__ one.

Please explain how this syntax choice "discriminates" anything
whatsoever?  __getattr__ is called when some message isn't understood by
the "normal" mechanisms of the object, too.


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