[Python-Dev] Re: Cuddly constants seek loving, stable home

Tim Peters tim.one@home.com
Thu, 23 Aug 2001 23:31:57 -0400

Something that might change your views about Elegance here:  calling these
particular constants "cuddly" was intended to be ironic.  If *any* program
uses one of these, I can pretty much guarantee it will eventually break.
They're not part of a public API.  The two current uses (__future__ and
pyassem) are part of the implementation of the core, and just happen to be
coded in Python.

For that reason I'm -1 on putting these particular constants in a location
with an inviting name, or making their own names prettier, etc etc -- I'm
even -1 on documenting them (outside of comments in the internal C header
file where they're #define'd).

Rather than argue about it, I'm going to revert the changes to new and
__future__, backing off to defining them by hand in __future__.py.

    twice-about-how-right-it-is-ly y'rs  - tim