An alternative to method overloading
One prominent feature of many object-oriented programming languages is a tool called method overloading. Method overloading simply refers to having multiple methods with the same name that accept different sets of arguments. In statically typed languages, this is useful if we want to have a method that accepts either an integer or a string, for example. In non-object-oriented languages, we might need two functions, called
add_i, to accommodate such situations. In statically typed object-oriented languages, we'd need two methods, both called
add, one that accepts strings, and one that accepts integers.
In Python, we only need one method, which accepts any type of object. It may have to do some testing ...