foobar2(), foobar3(), ... (was Re: [Python-Dev] gethostbyname2)

Peter Funk
Sun, 24 Jun 2001 11:20:10 +0200 (MEST)

Martin v. Loewis:
> The IPv6 patch proposes to introduce a new socket function,
> socket.gethostbyname2(name, af). This becomes necessary as a name
> might have both an IPv4 and an IPv6 address.
> One alternative for providing such API is to get socket.gethostbyname
> an optional second argument (the address family). itojun's rationale
> for calling it gethostbyname2 is that the C API, as defined in RFC
> 2133.
> Which of these alternatives would you prefer?

IMO: The possibility to add new keyword arguments with default values
is one of the major strengths Python has compared to other programming

Especially in the scenario, where an existing mature API has to be
enhanced later with added features:  

In such a situation I always prefer APIs with fewer functions 
(may be with large lists of optional arguments) compared to APIs 
containing a bunch of functions or methods called 'popen2()', 
'gethostbyname2()' and so on.

Regards, Peter
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