why is this so slow?

Lowell Kirsh lkirsh at cs.ubc.ca
Thu Sep 2 06:00:45 CEST 2004

I created the following class (I know it's a dirty hack) so I could do 
foo.bar instead of using a dictionary and having to type foo['bar'] :

     class DefaultAttr(object):
         def __getattribute__(self, attr):
             if not hasattr(self, attr):
                 return ''
             return object.__getattribute__(self,attr)

but its use is totally slowing down my program. Why is it so slow and is 
there a better way?


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