writing a generic method

fj francois.jacq at irsn.fr
Mon Nov 21 10:54:51 CET 2005

I am new in Python programming. I try to connect to Python various
libraries written either in C of in Fortran. The job is not really hard
but I meet a trouble when trying to build up a generic routine like in
C++ or F90, i.e. a single routine name for various uses.

Here is an example with a Fortran 77 library:

static PyObject* mdb_get(PyObject *self, PyObject *args){
   const char *cname,*cprop;
   int lname,lprop;
   double x,z;
   int ix;
      return NULL;
   return Py_BuildValue("d",z);

This method should be used as a single Python function mdb::get. It
should have two possible forms:

As you see, the third argument should be either a real or an integer.
Unfortunately, the result depends on the order of instructions because
Python automatically converts
integer into real and vice versa. For instance, the intructions above
are interpreted as follows :
   mdb.get("H2O","h_t(T)",300.)  (correct)
   mdb.get("H2O","atom",2.)       (wrong because 2 and 2. are not
equivalent in my case)

So my question is : Is it possible to deactivate this automatic
conversion ?
Presently, the only solution I found was to write two functions
(mdb.getr and mdb.geti)

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