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Jim Fulton wrote:
> On Sep 26, 2007, at 3:37 PM, Dieter Maurer wrote:
> 
>> Jim Fulton wrote at 2007-9-26 15:10 -0400:
>>> ...
>>>> Jim Fulton wrote at 2007-9-26 11:29 -0400:
>>>>> ...
>>>>>>     IFoo(x)
>>>>>>     IBar(multi=(x,y))
>>>>> Actually, that is not the case.  If x already provides IFoo,  
>>>>> then in
>>>>> the first case, the existing object is retuned. Nothing is
>>>>> instantiated.  OTOH, in:
>>>>>
>>>>>   getMultiAdapter([x], IFoo)
>>>>>
>>>>> or
>>>>>   getAdapter(x, IFoo)
>>>>>
>>>>> either there is an error or some factory will be called.  x  
>>>>> won't be
>>>>> returned unless the factory happens to return it.
>>>> Is this not an irrelevant implementation detail?
>>> No, the specified behavior is different.
>> Hm. But "getAdapter" and "getMultiAdapter" may return "x" as well
>> (when the factory decides to do this).
>>
>> Thus, why is it relevant?
> 
> Because they don't take into account what x already provides.  They  
> will always call some factory.   Also, they never call __conforms__.

Why does the caller care?  She just wants an object which will provide
the 'IFoo' contract on behalf of the passed context.  If 'x' is capable
of providing 'IFoo' without help, then failing (or worse, returning a
less-specific factory result) when calling 'getAdapter' is the Wrong
Thing (a "least surprise" violation, if nothing else).


Tres.
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