super() doesn't get superclass

Sion Arrowsmith siona at chiark.greenend.org.uk
Wed Sep 19 15:22:22 CEST 2007


Ben Finney  <bignose+hates-spam at benfinney.id.au> wrote:
> If a function is named 'super' and operates on
>classes, it's a pretty strong implication that it's about
>superclasses.

But it doesn't (under normal circumstances) operate on classes.
It operates on an *instance*. And what you get back is a (proxy
to) a superclass/ancestor of the *instance*.

(And in the super(A, B) case, you get a superclass/ancestor of
*B*. As has just been said somewhere very near here, what is
misleading is the prominence of A, which isn't really the most
important class involved.)

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