Why NOT only one class per file?

Steve Holden steve at holdenweb.com
Thu Apr 5 13:00:35 CEST 2007


Christophe wrote:
> Chris Lasher a écrit :
>> A friend of mine with a programming background in Java and Perl places
>> each class in its own separate file in . I informed him that keeping
>> all related classes together in a single file is more in the Python
>> idiom than one file per class. He asked why, and frankly, his valid
>> question has me flummoxed.
> 
> In Java, you HAVE to place a class in it's own file. That's how the 
> language works. But in Java, you do not have to place each class in it's 
> own module/package, in fact, it would be bad.
> 
> It's the same in Python: you do not want to have one class per 
> module/package.
> 
> Unfortunately, in Python, a module/package is a file, and in Java, it's 
> a directory. Also, Python doesn't really have the notion of a "root 
> package/module".
> 
> Translation: "import foo; foo.foo()" sucks so avoid having only one 
> class per module :)

One further thought:

   http://www.artima.com/weblogs/viewpost.jsp?thread=42242

regards
  Steve
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