[Python-Dev] Dafanging the find() gotcha

Aahz aahz@pythoncraft.com
Mon, 5 Aug 2002 18:49:03 -0400

On Mon, Aug 05, 2002, Andrew Koenig wrote:
> I'm not trying to be flip here -- I'm trying to make the point that in
> my opinion, having a uniform rule is preferable to catching particular
> cases that are sometimes mistakes.

It's not so much that '' in 'abc' is a mistake as that there's no
sensible answer to be given.  When Python can't figure out how to
deliver a sensible answer, it raises an exception: "In the face of
ambiguity, refuse the temptation to guess."
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