Not fully OO ?

"Martin v. Löwis" martin at
Sun Sep 21 10:54:56 CEST 2008

Christian Heimes wrote:
> Kay Schluehr wrote:
>> Actually it is simply wrong in the mentioned case 
> It's not wrong. You have found a simple optimization. Lot's of compilers
> for lots of languages optimize code by code folding.

I don't think he meant that Python is wrong somehow, but that the OO
babble of what happens for 2+2 is wrong. The babble said that, when the
code is executed, an __add__ message is sent to the 2 object, with
another 2 object as the parameter. That statement is incorrect: no
message is sent at all, but the result is available even before the
program starts.

FWIW, "2+2" is not a good case for OO in Smalltalk, either. In a typical
implementation, SmallInteger is not a real class, in the sense that 2 is
not a real object. Instead, it lives in a tagged pointer, i.e. it has no


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