[Python-Dev] Adding lots of basic types to Python

Jack Jansen Jack.Jansen@oratrix.com
Tue, 26 Feb 2002 23:04:16 +0100

I can think of a lot more basic types that we could add to 
Python that would make as much sense as currencies: pixels, 
points, geometric figures, (audio) samples, images, ...

But: aren't we really trying to standardise interfaces? The main 
benefit of a basic currency type would be that it defines the 
set of operations allowed on it (add, subtract are fine, divide 
gives a normal number, multiply isn't allowed) much more than 
code sharing.

Note that I do think standardised interfaces would be a great 
thing, and if there was a common Python "pixel" interface that 
would free up quite a lot of my brain cells that are now used 
for remembering the 4 or 5 different pixel interfaces that I use 
regularly, but I'm not sure that a standard Python pixel type is 
the solution.
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