do not subclass built-in classes in python


Author: yifei / Created: May 30, 2017, 9:17 p.m. / Modified: May 30, 2017, 9:19 p.m. / Edit

In short, they will not behave what you think they will. you think dict.get in implemented in python, like:

def get(self, key, default=None):
    try:
        return self[key]
    except KeyError:
        return default

However, they dict.get do not call __getitem__, and they are implemented in c separately, and do not call each other.

so, when you implement __geitem__, get is not automatically altered! which is very dangerous.

What you need do, subclass collections.abc.Mapping

source:

[1] http://www.kr41.net/2016/03-23-dont_inherit_python_builtin_dict_type.html


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