[Python-Dev] Re: [I18n-sig] Unicode experience

Paul Prescod paul@prescod.net
Fri, 07 Jul 2000 13:08:47 -0500

Guido van Rossum wrote:
> ...
> For strings there is no compact notation like "+0.0" if you want to
> convert to string or Unicode -- adding "" might work in Perl, but not
> in Python.

Actually, these days, foo+"" works in a LOT of languages. Perl, Java and
JavaScript for sure. C++, depending on the type. Python's strictness
about this issue has never caught a bug for me. It has only caused
errors. Okay, some newbie may think that "5"+"5"=="10". But they could
also expect [5]+[5]==[10]. There are limits to the extent that we can
protect them from incorrect mental models.

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