Is this Pythonic?
Erik Max Francis
max at alcyone.com
Tue Aug 2 08:15:35 CEST 2005
phil hunt wrote:
> That's a clever trick, but it's obvious from the code that the class
> is intended to be abstract, so if people are stupid enough to shoot
> themselves in the foot by creating an instance, I don't feel like
> adding extra code to protect themselves from their stupidity.
Right. But even if you're not worried about stupidity, it's useful to
have it fail in an explicit way as early as possible, rather than later
on. With that addition, the moment you try to create an instance of an
abstract class, you get an exception. Even if it's just a typo, and not
severe negligence, that helps the problem get fixed sooner, rather than
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