On Thu, Jan 19, 2006, Jeremy Hylton wrote:
I'm not sure I believe this should be a builtin. I think the threshold for new builtins ought to be nearly as high as the threshold for new keywords. Or the proposer ought to make an argument about what the function should not go in a module.
The way I'd put it, any function that wants to go in builtins should require a formal PEP.
And in case it isn't clear, I'm +1 on deprecating oct()/hex() (or moving them into another module as convenience functions for base() -- just to make conversion easier).