[Python-Dev] Revamping Python's Numeric Model

Tim Peters tim_one@email.msn.com
Mon, 6 Nov 2000 16:36:49 -0500

> 1/2 yielding 0.5 is innovative?  Give me a break.  Pascal did this.
> Algol-60 did this.  Fortran does this.  And rational numbers are less
> innovative?

Small correction:  Fortran does not -- 1/2 is 0 in Fortran (same as C99's
new rules, int div always truncates).

So far as innovation goes, no choice on the table so far is innovative
(neither mathematically nor in programming languages), so there's no basis
for choosing there.

Guido, *why* did ABC use rationals by default?  Was that driven by usability