Author rhettinger
Recipients andyharrington, arigo, benjamin.peterson, rhettinger, stutzbach
Date 2011-02-27.21:37:06
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This would be an important fix-up if we could find some way to implement it.

The basic problem is that the class object is defined after the class definitions have been made, so the target of the Graph reference isn't known when the method definitions are being compiled.

One approach to solving this problem is to use a deferred/resolved pattern (creating a valid reference to Graph that is visible during method compilation, but gets filled-in with the other methods afterwards).

I haven't thought this through completely but think it could be done if we let the compiler write to the class dictionary (this is normally off-limits and protected by a dict_proxy).  If we let the system punch a hole in the proxy, it is possible to resolve deferred class definitions.

Here's a concept sketch:

class Prepared(type):
    'Preload the class with a reference to itself'
    def __prepare__(mcl, name, bases):
        return {name: type(name, bases, {})}
    def __new__(mcl, name, bases, mapping):
        global deferred_class
        tmpcls = super().__new__(mcl, name, bases, mapping)
        deferred_class = mapping[name]
        deferred_class.__dict__.update(tmpcls.__dict__)  # XXX need writeable dict_proxy
        return deferred_class

class Graph(metaclass=Prepared):
    def reverse(self) -> Graph:
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