[Python-Dev] Re: PEP 285: Adding a bool type

David Abrahams David Abrahams" <david.abrahams@rcn.com
Wed, 3 Apr 2002 12:16:42 -0500


FWIW, I do the same thing every time I need to work with booleans.

I try to "say what I mean" when I program, and, I'm sorry, but "return
1|0" just doesn't say "I mean to return something which will be
interpreted as true|false".

I want the language to help me say what I mean.

I do understand about the backward-compatibility issues introduced by
adding bool, but I don't understand why there are claims that there will
be more than one official way to return boolean results. It seems to me
that the only thing pointing to 1|0 as the right way would be legacy
code, and everything in the language would point at true|false.

-Dave

----- Original Message -----
From: "Mark McEahern" <marklists@mceahern.com>


> [Kevin Jacobs]
> > The moral of the story is that I will be extremely happy once there
is a
> > globally blessed way of spelling true and false other than 1 and 0.
Of
> > course, I and my team aren't exactly typical Python developers.
Though
> > wouldn't it be nice if we were?
>
> I'd like to consciously go out of my way and violate all rules of
netiquette
> and say simply this:
>
> Me too.