Stylistic question about inheritance

Bengt Richter bokr at
Thu Mar 31 23:24:38 CEST 2005

On Thu, 31 Mar 2005 20:24:08 GMT, "Andrew Koenig" <ark at> wrote:

>""Martin v. Löwis"" <martin at> wrote in message 
>news:424C5B09.9090006 at
>> You would normally try to avoid type queries, and rely on virtual
>> methods instead, if possible.
>Of course.
>> It seems likely for the application
>> that code can be shared across different subclasses, for example,
>> you might be able to define
>> def Expr:
>>   def __str__(self):
>>     return '%s(%s)' % (self.__class__.__name__,
>>                        ", ".join(map(str, self.operands()))
>> requiring you only to implement .operands() in the subclasses.
>> If you can anticipate such common code, it is easier to add
>> a base class right away. If you cannot think of a specific
>> use case, there is little point in having a common base class.
>So, for example, you don't think it's worth including the base class as a 
>way of indicating future intent?
If the intent is pretty sure of implementation, I guess it will save some
editing to include it at the start (unless you intended to define old-style classes
and factor the base class inheritance revisions into some global metaclass hack later
(not even really sure that's reliably possible, but pretty sure it would not be the
best style ;-) BTW 2.5 may let you mod classes by prefixing a decorator instead of
editing the first line. Not sure about the style/semantics tradeoffs there.

Bengt Richter

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