Josiah Carlson wrote:
A bit of free thought brings me to the (half-baked) idea that if string methods accepted any object which conformed to the buffer interface; mmap, buffer, array, ... instances could gain all of the really convenient methods that make strings the objects to use in many cases.
Not a bad idea, but they couldn't literally be string methods. They'd have to be standalone functions like we used to have in the string module before it got mercilessly deprecated. :-)
Not sure what happens to this when the unicode/bytearray future arrives, though. Treating a buffer of bytes as a character string isn't going to be so straightforward then.