Chris McDonough wrote:
>> Off the top of my head, another way to think of this *might* be to say
>> that the 'dict access' is basically looking up a *named* utility
>> providing a very generic marker interface, e.g.
>> zope.component.interfaces.IUtility or even just
>> zope.interface.Interface. That way reg['foo'] == getUtility(IUtility,
>> name='foo'). Obviously, assignment would register in the same way.
>> I'm not sure it's "better", though. :)
> That would also be fine, and it would normalize things a bit, although the
> implementation would be harder and it would result in slower lookups. But if
> it made folks feel better than inheriting from dict, I'd be +1 on it.
Meh, I just remembered that I tried this. The current implementation requires
that the "name" value be a literal string object (or at least something
convertable to Unicode). I think we could relax this requirement; it really
only needs to be hashable. I wouldn't want to deploy the API if the keys were
required to only be strings.
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