sum() requires number, not simply __add__
buck at yelp.com
Thu Feb 23 16:19:21 EST 2012
I feel like the design of sum() is inconsistent with other language
features of python. Often python doesn't require a specific type, only
that the type implement certain methods.
Given a class that implements __add__ why should sum() not be able to
operate on that class?
We can fix this in a backward-compatible way, I believe.
I'd expect these two error messages to be identical, but they are
>>> class C(object): pass
>>> c = C()
TypeError: unsupported operand type(s) for +: 'int' and 'C'
>>> c + c
TypeError: unsupported operand type(s) for +: 'C' and 'C'
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