Questions about extending Python...

malv malvert at
Sat Jun 10 21:48:42 CEST 2006

Redefined Horizons wrote:
> I've got a third-part application that exposes a C API. I'd like to
> wrap it in Python. Is there a specific forum that covers extending and
> embedding Python, or are those type of questions O.K. on this list?
> Scott Huey

Over the years, many posts (and questions) have come up on dynamically
importing and reloading modules and the inadequacy of the now available
import and reload() features. This should enable one to modify or add
code at runtime without having to restart the application.
Unfortunately, few respondents understand the implications of this
possibility. Regrettably also some display their ignorance by swinging
their self perceived weight around.

James Coplien, a Bell Laboratories Scientist, published  "Advanced C++
Programming Styles and Idioms". Although now 15 years old, this book
still has today quite some impact. Of particular interest for the
problem at hand is Chapter 9 which presents idioms supporting
incremental run-time update. Further Coplien illustrates in this
chapter the major advantage gained by languages like Smalltalk and Lisp
in this matter by having incremental run-time update as a built-in

Reading Coplien may further the cause of this very basic missing
requirement in Python,

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