(*) Regular Expressions
This can be orthogonally added to the 're' module, and definitely should not be part of the string method.
Sounds right to me, and it *should* be orthogonally added to the 're' module coincidentally simultaneously with the change to the string object :-).
I have to say, it would be nice if
would work. That is, if the argument is an re pattern object instead of a string, it would be nice if it were understood appropriately, just for symmetry's sake. But it's hardly necessary.
Presumably in the re module, there would be a function like
re.partition("\s", "foo bar")
for one-shot usage, or the expression