[Types-sig] Conformance model

skaller skaller@maxtal.com.au
Fri, 31 Dec 1999 06:00:59 +1100

Tim Hochberg wrote:
> First off, the function 'f' is close enough to:
> def g(x):
>     return g + "Hello"
> that it strikes me as somewhat strange to ban the former but not the later.

	I'd ban _anything_ that raised _any_ error, except an environment
error, unless the error was caught in the function that raises the
This implies NO system exceptions can be raised by a function.
Only user defined exceptions. And they can ONLY be raised by
an explicit 'raise' statement.

	This means that, when calling a function that does NOT
raise any errors, we don't have to check for them.

	This is a huge overhead in typical C code, an obstacle
to inlining, which reduces one of pythons biggest performance
bottlenecks -- function calling.

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