>> Anyway, it was my intent to post the patch and see what happened. >> Being a first-timer at this, and not having even read the core >> development mailing lists for very long, I had no idea what to >> expect. Though I genuinely didn't expect it to be this brusque.
Martin> I could have told you :-) The "problem" really is that you are Martin> suggesting a major, significant change to the implementation of Martin> Python, and one that doesn't fix an obvious bug.
Come on Martin. Give Larry a break. Lots of changes have been accepted to to the Python core which weren't obvious "bug fixes". In fact, I seem to recall a sprint held recently in Reykjavik where the whole point was just to make Python faster. I believe that was exactly Larry's point in posting the patch. The "one obvious way to do" concatenation and slicing for one of the most heavily used types in python appears to be faster. That seems like a win to me.