[Python-Dev] Re: Christmas Wishlist
klm at zope.com
Mon Dec 15 12:48:32 EST 2003
On Mon, 15 Dec 2003, Guido van Rossum wrote:
> > Barry Warsaw writes:
> > > V <wink>. Explicit global imports. I want a way to spell "import this
> > > from the global standard library even if there's a this.py in the local
> > > directory".
> > I like the syntax:
> > import global <dotted-name>
> > and
> > from global <dotted-name> import <name>
> > Look Guido, no new keywords! ;-)
> 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. :-)
As i've said before (though it's been a while) i think people want
this, it would be useful, and i think it would work well.
Barry wrote, in response to guido's message:
< Actually, if truth be told, I'd love to just ban local imports. I
< understand that might be controversial though <wink>.
I don't understand the desire to totally prevent relative imports. It
would be quite useful in avoiding growing module-naming problems,
where you have to be careful about shadowing a global module with one
in your package.
I *can* understand objecting to the ambiguity in the current
situation, where you don't know whether a module import will resolve
to a sibling module or one in higher up in the hierarchy. That is why
i strongly prefer having a leading dot to explicitly signify a
relative import, and originally proposed it that way. I expect that
the elimination of the ambiguity would mitigate the objection to
relative imports - and we would do away with the shadowing problems,
and even have easy relocation of modules, if there are cases where
software does need to move around.
klm at zope.com
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