[Python-Dev] Re: PendingDeprecationWarning

François Pinard pinard@iro.umontreal.ca
29 May 2002 19:09:17 -0400

[Guido van Rossum]

> FWIW, I consider `...` a historic wart and a failed experiment (even
> though I use it frequently myself).

Hey, hey!  Glad to hear you do not like it so much yourself :-).

I keep saying to people around me that `print' and backquotes are merely
debugging devices, that we should not really keep in production code.
Nobody speaks about `input()', of course. :-)

> I grew up around a CDC mainframe that dumped in octal.)

Hi there!  I could probably debug an octal dump even today, the CPU codes
are rather easy to remember :-).  Many members of the PDP series were also
favouring octal.  Isn't the Cray which was using a mix of hexadecimal and
octal in dumps (or do I mix it with something else)?

But this is history.  I would prefer decimal everywhere nowadays.  Too bad
that Unicode pushed so strongly on hexadecimal, this is a bit anachronical.

François Pinard   http://www.iro.umontreal.ca/~pinard