[Python-Dev] proposal: add basic money type to the standard library

Guido van Rossum guido@python.org
Tue, 26 Feb 2002 16:16:31 -0500

> A decimal would do as well, I suppose, at least in
> terms of storing the raw value. The reason for trying
> to come up with a monetary type is to make operations between
> monetary values having two different currencies illegal. 
> Coercion between two of those would always have to be 
> made explicit (for obvious reasons).

Are you sure you're trying to solve a real problem here?  There are
lots of operations on monetary values that make no sense (try
multiplying two amounts of money).

--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)