[Python-Dev] Re: Stability and change

Fredrik Lundh fredrik@pythonware.com
Tue, 9 Apr 2002 18:15:21 +0200

guido wrote:

> > > Tell that to the people who write L.append(1, 2, 3) despite that =
> > > was never documented. :-(
> >=20
> > I do -- if and when I see that (haven't seen it in ages).  Technical
> > managers at development shops know about stuff "accidentally
> > working" and are more tolerant of bug-fixes against that than of
> > other backwards-compatibility breaks, in my experience.
> Hm.  This was widely complained about, probably because many examples
> (including in books) got it wrong.

fwiw, these days, I get

    TypeError: append() takes exactly 1 argument (2 given)

far too often to think that I picked this up by reading
the wrong books.  it's an easy mistake, and it used to
do the "right thing"...