John W. Baxter
jwbnews at scandaroon.com
Tue Oct 10 02:24:24 CEST 2000
In article <mailman.971136207.8882.python-list at python.org>, François
Pinard <pinard at iro.umontreal.ca> wrote:
> [Thomas Wouters]
> > On Mon, Oct 09, 2000 at 03:07:43PM +1300, Greg Ewing wrote:
> > > echuck at mindspring.com wrote:
> > > > In Python 2.0, I was surprised to see join() had become a method of
> > > > string. I "naturally" expected it to be a method of list.
> > > Quite a lot of people screamed blue murder about this at the time,
> > > and were ignored. Getting it changed now seems to be impossible.
> > Now now, that's not very nice. I'm certain I saw a lot of responses to
> > the threads about "".join() that tried to explain the choice.
> Behind each choice, good or bad, there is an explanation. :-(
> > I can imagine that some postings were 'ignored', given the sheer
> > volume,
> > but it's not like *all* complaints were ignored.
> Explaining a choice does not make it good, and responding with an
> explanation, without otherwise listening, is still a way to "ignore"
> those who cannot bear that choice. I like Python a great deal so, short
> of a better reason, I only guess that some thought that adding a bit of
> intrinsic ugliness would make it more widespread and wi[l]dely popular!
On the other hand, not having one's stated desires respected does not
necessarily mean one has been ignored. It may mean that one's
desires--whether joined in by others or not--did not outweigh other
considerations. (Either way, one didn't get what one wanted, of course.)
John W. Baxter Port Ludlow, WA USA jwbnews at scandaroon.com
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