[Python-Dev] Relative import

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Mon Dec 22 10:36:09 EST 2003

> I don't either, although my biggest problem with it is that it isn't
> clear just by looking what the punctuation actually means.  I just
> fear this will be a permanent head scratcher.

This argument by itself has very little value.  The question isn't
whether it's self-describing (very few features beyond decimal
integers are); the question is whether it's easy to remember.  There
are two subclasses of that: easy to remember what it means when you
next see it, and easy to remember how to spell it when you next need
it.  IMO the dot syntax does fine here.

> Here's my entry in the sure-to-be-shot-down-by-the-BDFL-alternative
> -syntax game:

There have been so many alternatives proposed this morning that I have
to spend some time comparing them all...

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

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