I was battling with some code that used instanceof() in python. I don't where that's a built-in (I suspect jython), but it doesn't work on my python 2.4.3. While I was wondering about this problem, I tried something outlandish and it worked. But before I actually explain what I did, take a closer look at this module (x.py).
def identity(h): return h def coolfunc(p): return identity(p)
That was pretty standard code, right ? Now, to use/abuse this module in y.py.
import x print x.coolfunc("Hello World !") x.identity = lambda x : 42; print x.coolfunc("What is 21 + 21 ?")
As you can probably guess, I can override (uhh.., pollute) x.identity with my own functions, which opens up a solution to my original problem. Pretty simple, now that I think of it.
othermodule.instanceof = lambda x,y : type(x) == y
I hope this has made your friday a little bit more surreal :)--
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