[Python-Dev] Int FutureWarnings and other 2.4 TODOs

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Wed Dec 3 09:17:21 EST 2003

> Guido van Rossum wrote:
> > I don't particularly like either approach, because the 'long' type is
> > an implementation detail over which the user has no control (this is a
> > change of heart since Python's original design!).  I guess that means
> > I have to work harder and make the single int type support both
> > representations.  I'm sure it can be done.

Nick Coghlan:
> Isn't the 'long' format the more general representation, with the 'int' 
> format then being a performance hack to take advantage of the speed of C 
> integer arithmetic?
> I'm just wondering if a different way of thinking about it might help 
> with figuring out how to handle a combined implementation.

I proposed that too, but Andrew Koenig didn't like it.

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

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