[Python-Dev] Dafanging the find() gotcha

Eric S Raymond esr@thyrsus.com
Mon, 5 Aug 2002 17:04:53 -0400

Andrew Koenig <ark@research.att.com>:
> Eric> Raise an exception.  Definitely.  There is no reason to follow
> Eric> find() rigidly when the whole point is to have semantics
> Eric> different from find().  Besides, you're right to point out that
> Eric> changing this behavior could break existing code, and that is a
> Eric> big no-no.
> Changing the meaning of ('ab' in 'abc') might also break existing code.

I could construct a try/except case that would change, yes.  Are you
being pedantic, or is this intended as a serious objection?
		<a href="http://www.tuxedo.org/~esr/">Eric S. Raymond</a>