[IronPython] Django, __unicode__, and #20366

Michael Foord fuzzyman at voidspace.org.uk
Thu Feb 11 16:48:32 CET 2010

On 11/02/2010 15:44, Vernon Cole wrote:
> Just a little reminder in all this noise...
> The correct thing to do with unicode(u'a unicode string') is MAKE NO 
> The correct thing to do with str('an ASCII string') is MAKE NO CHANGE.

I assume by ASCII string you actually mean bytestring? (hint: ascii is 
not the opposite of unicode in this case...)

And how do you propose to tell the difference between a bytestring and a 
unicode string in IronPython?


> The Zen of Python says:
> Explicit is better than implicit.
> Special cases aren't special enough to break the rules.
> In the face of ambiguity, refuse the temptation to guess.
> If the implementation is hard to explain, it's a bad idea.
> If the implementation is easy to explain, it may be a good idea.
> IMHO, if a programmer expects str() or unicode() to make a change in 
> the encoding of a string-like object, (s)he should be 
> encouraged/forced to use .encode() or .decode() to get his(er) 
> intended result.
>  --
> Vernon Cole
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