Encapsulation, inheritance and polymorphism

Roy Smith roy at panix.com
Thu Jul 19 15:06:45 CEST 2012


In article <500804cc$0$29978$c3e8da3$5496439d at news.astraweb.com>,
 Steven D'Aprano <steve+comp.lang.python at pearwood.info> wrote:

> On Wed, 18 Jul 2012 23:09:13 -0700, rusi wrote:
> 
> > Its not so much a question of language as in programming as language as
> > in layman-speak.
> > One characteristic with our field is that we take ordinary words and
> > then distort them so much the original meaning is completely lost.
> 
> All technical fields have jargon. Those jargon terms are often more 
> precise than the ordinary terms they are derived from, or have a slightly 
> different meaning, or both.

Heh.  This reminds me of one of my current pet peeves.  I've run across 
documentation for more than one Python project (django is the one that 
comes to mind, but I'm sure there's others) which misuse words like 
"set" and "list".  They're often used in the generic sense of "a 
collection of things", but they're also the names of specific Python 
data types.  It can sometimes get confusing trying to figure out which 
meaning they intended.



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