[Python-Dev] quick poll: could int, str, tuple etc. become type objects?

Guido van Rossum guido@digicool.com
Tue, 05 Jun 2001 14:38:23 -0400

> I'm a little concerned about this, since the names that would be added
> are probably in common use as variable and/or argument names.  I.e. At
> one point `list' was a very common identifier in Mailman, and I'm sure
> `dict' is used quite often still.  I guess this would be okay as long
> as working code doesn't break because of it.

It would be hard to see how this would break code, since built-ins are
searched *after* all variables that the user defines.

--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)