Making immutable instances

bonono at bonono at
Thu Nov 24 09:57:55 CET 2005

Alex Martelli wrote:
> bonono at <bonono at> wrote:
>    ...
> > > qualification, you're quite likely to get such disclaimers.  If you
> > > don't want them, learn to ask about stopping your users from
> > > ACCIDENTALLY doing X, and no reasonable respondant will fail to notice
> > > the qualification.
> > Interestingly, that is what I read from the OP, even without the
> While I followed the maxim "in the face of ambiguity, refuse the
> temptation to guess" and didn't put words in his mouth that he had in
> fact not said: I explained what he could do, and how that wouldn't work
> IF he did NOT mean ``accidentally''.  Not sure if this refusal to assume
> that the requests are _necessarily_ sensible comes from my several years
> of experience fielding question in this and other newsgroups, or my even
> more years of experience as a consultant, both freelance and "in-house"
> within large organizations...
I fully understand that, in the "formal" life. But I usually lax that
on occasions like here.

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