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

David Abrahams David Abrahams" <david.abrahams@rcn.com
Wed, 3 Apr 2002 17:54:37 -0500

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From: "Ka-Ping Yee" <ping@lfw.org>

> Guido van Rossum wrote:
> > No.  That would break backwards compatibility.  False==0, and
> > everything else follows from that.  (But False is not 0, and True is
> > not 1!)
> This is a strange distinction to make -- one that is not made in any
> other programming language i have ever encountered.  Of course *i* get
> it and *you* get it -- but it will be so hard to teach this particular
> weirdness that i consider it fatal to the proposal.

C++ is /exactly/ like that. I think also C99, but don't quote me.