Author jaraco
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Date 2021-05-24.17:07:30
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> are people supposed to be implementing readers with just files(), or are they always expected to inherit TraversableResources?

A resource provider could potentially implement only the `files()` method (what I think you're calling `TraversableReader`), but my expectation was that all providers would provide a Reader derived from `TraversableResources` in order to provide backward-compatibility for the `ResourceReader` interface. Long term, I'd expect to deprecate all but `files()` on `TraversableResources`.

If a provider only implemented `files()` today and did not inherit from `TraversableResources`, they would still satisfy the `files()` API, but not the ResourceReader API (i.e. violate the expectation that `Loader.get_resource_reader` returns a ResourceReader).

I decided not to present both `TraversableReader` and `TraversableResources` as separate classes because the latter was sufficient for all known cases.

> It seems to me that maybe that is an issue and we actually want [DegenerateFiles] to inherit from TraversableResources.

Perhaps. What advantage would that have?

> Regardless of the usefulness in code, please also consider type hinting.

Agreed, there are some places where type hints would drastically improve readability.

> If people are expecting to be using this protocol, we should expose it.

My instinct is `TraversableResources` is the preferred protocol for now, although I think it's likely we'll want to separate out the TraversableReader when necessary. Let's plan to do that in importlib_resources first.
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