[Python-Dev] Re: Christmas Wishlist

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Mon Dec 15 12:07:13 EST 2003

> On Mon, 2003-12-15 at 11:03, Guido van Rossum wrote:
> > I'd much rather invent new syntax to spell *local* imports.  I like
> > 
> >   from .module import something
> > 
> > You can even generalize and write
> > 
> >   from ..module import something
> > 
> > to reference your package's parent package. :-)
> Actually, if truth be told, I'd love to just ban local imports.  I
> understand that might be controversial though <wink>.

Works for me. :-)

> The next best thing would be to force local imports to use special
> syntax (I was going to say "ugly" :) like what you suggest above, but
> I'm afraid that that might be more disruptive, requiring future imports
> and such.  I think having a syntax for spelling global imports can be
> done in a backwards compatible way for 2.4.

Well, but since you want all imports to be global, it'd be insane to
introduce *new* syntax for global imports, wouldn't it?

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

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